Research Publications

Explore the BPDA Research Division publications below by keyword, neighborhood, or topic. If you have questions about these documents, or are looking for specific information, please review the Frequently Requested Information page. This page features publications covering the most requested economic and demographic data for Boston.

Boston in Context 2016

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Mar 25 2016 Publication Date

This publication compares Boston and its neighborhoods to the U.S. and Massachusetts on several demographic, economic and housing characteristics. This report uses 2010-2014 American Community Survey data.

Topics: Population & Demographics
Boston's Workforce: An Assessment of Labor Market Outcomes and Opportunities

N/A Neighborhoods

Mar 15 2016 Publication Date

This report takes stock of the current and projected labor market conditions facing Boston residents. It focuses on three major areas:

  • -Assessing current labor market outcomes for Boston residents.
  • -Contrasting the employment outcomes of residents to those of non-residents working in the city.
  • -Exploring recent and projected trends in the local economy and the job opportunities available to city residents.

Topics: Labor Market
Boston at a Glance 2016

N/A Neighborhoods

Mar 07 2016 Publication Date

Reference sheet of frequently requested statistics about Boston's population, primarily from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. Updated January 28, 2019 to ensure consistency with prior publications.

Topics: Population & Demographics
Economic Equity Agenda

N/A Neighborhoods

Feb 25 2016 Publication Date

Economic Equity is a common thread that runs through many of the Walsh Administration’s departments. Mayor Walsh has convened a working group to ensure a coordinated effort to present the Administration’s Economic Equity Agenda. This report presents the four main themes of the Economic Equity Agenda as income and employment, wealth creation, business development, and economic mobility for the community and the next generation.

Topics: Income & Poverty
imagine all the people: Foreign Born

Dorchester, Downtown, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan Neighborhoods

Jan 15 2016 Publication Date

"imagine all the people" is a series of publications produced by the BRA for the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Advancement. The series provides a comprehensive profile of Boston’s diverse immigrant communities. This report profiles the 27% of the Boston population who are foreign born.

Topics: Foreign-born
High Tech Industries in Boston 2015

N/A Neighborhoods

Dec 17 2015 Publication Date

High Tech in Boston is booming! Boston is home to a strong high tech sector that has grown nine percent per year since 2010. Boston is particularly strong in computer systems design and scientific research and development.

Topics: Industry Profiles
Young Adults in Boston

N/A Neighborhoods

Dec 15 2015 Publication Date

Young adults are a key demographic in Boston, making up about 40% of the population. This report examines the young adult demographic, using primarily 2014 American Community Survey data.

Topics: Population & Demographics
Boston by the Numbers 2015

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Dec 14 2015 Publication Date

Boston by the Numbers is a packet of short reports on Gender, Foreign Born, Colleges & Universities, Land Use & Housing, Children & Families, Young Adults, and the Elderly. Data are taken primarily from the 2014 American Community Survey.

Topics: Population & Demographics
Baby Boomers in Boston 2015

N/A Neighborhoods

Nov 09 2015 Publication Date

This presentation examines Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, who live in Boston.

Topics: Population & Demographics
Boston at a Glance - 2015

N/A Neighborhoods

Nov 04 2015 Publication Date

Boston at a Glance is a series that presents some selected demographic, economic and housing characteristics of Boston. The data used in this report is a combination of 2013 ACS 1-Year Estimate and 2009-2013 ACS 5-Years Estimates. Updated January 28, 2019 to ensure consistency across publications.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race