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.

2014 Financial Education Report

N/A Neighborhoods

Jan 07 2015 Publication Date

A Review of Financial Education Practices in the United States & Observations on Applications to Immigrant Markets for Financial Services

Topics: Industry Profiles
Retaining Recent College Graduates in Boston: Is There a Brain Drain?

N/A Neighborhoods

Oct 24 2014 Publication Date

This report was produced by the BRA Research DIvision in collaboration with the UMass Donahue Institute and attempts to reframe a long-running debate about the Boston metro area's ability to retain the college and university graduates it produces annually.

Topics: Education, Foreign-born
Characteristics of Boston and Its Neighborhoods

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Oct 23 2014 Publication Date

On October 14, 2014, Alvaro Lima, Director of Research at the BRA, presented information on the characteristics of Boston and its neighborhoods to a group from Boston Education Funders. The presentation discusses recent demographic changes in Boston and highlights the 0-24 population.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Race
Hotels in Boston PowerPoint

N/A Neighborhoods

Sep 29 2014 Publication Date

This PowerPoint presentation includes highlights from the BRA Research Division's 2014 Hotels in Boston report.

Topics: Real Estate & Development
Hotels in Boston

N/A Neighborhoods

Aug 13 2014 Publication Date

This report provides information on Boston's hotel industry, growth, and overall economic impact. It details occupancy rates, hotel distribution by neighborhood, and more.

Topics: Real Estate & Development
Boston's Neighborhood Business Patterns

N/A Neighborhoods

Aug 07 2014 Publication Date

Boston's Neighborhood Business Patterns examines private sector employment by neighborhood. It provides information on Boston's leading industries and employers, employment size, and the location of businesses and jobs in Boston.

Topics: Industry Profiles, Labor Market
2014 NIH Report

N/A Neighborhoods

Jun 23 2014 Publication Date


Topics: Income & Poverty, Labor Market
Women in Boston

N/A Neighborhoods

Jun 16 2014 Publication Date

This document was created to contribute to and inform the work of the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement. It provides a demographic overview of women in the city, and includes details on age, race, ethnicity, nativity, educational attainment, labor force characteristics, and more. It also includes information on three key issue areas for women in Boston: poverty, the pay gap between men and women, and female-owned businesses.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Race
Overview of Public Benefits in Boston

N/A Neighborhoods

Apr 24 2014 Publication Date

This presentation explores recipients of 6 types of public benefits in Boston: public assistance income, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security income, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and food stamps (SNAP).

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Race
Contributions of Immigrant Labor to the American Economy: A Different Take

N/A Neighborhoods

Apr 24 2014 Publication Date

Immigrants contribute to the American economy as workers, consumers, business owners, entrepreneurs, and investors. However, instead of merely considering the contributions that immigrant laborers make to the economy once they arrive, one must also account for what their home economies have contributed to them before they emigrate. This paper looks at the process of production and reproduction of immigrant labor using educational costs as an example.

Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born