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.

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Boston in Context 2024

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Jan 10 2024 Publication Date

Includes helpful neighborhood-level data tables on various topics including: age, race/ethnicity, education, nativity, labor, transportation, housing, and more. Uses 2018 - 2022 American Community Survey Data.


Topics: Economy & Jobs, Population & Demographics
The Irish Population in Boston

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Jan 08 2024 Publication Date

This presentation describes the Irish, Boston's largest ancestry population, covering the population's immigration history and demographics, including education, employment, and housing.


Topics: Foreign-born
Puerto Ricans in Boston

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Jan 03 2024 Publication Date

This profile of Boston's Puerto Ricans describes the population's overall demographic trends, education, housing, employment, and economic security.


Topics: N/A
Boston by the Numbers 2023

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Dec 13 2023 Publication Date

Boston by the Numbers explores the characteristics of Boston's population and economy. This report breaks down the population by age group, gender, and nativity. It also looks at Boston's colleges and universities, housing, and land use, using the most recent American Community Survey data.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Language, Race
Nighttime Economy

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Dec 08 2023 Publication Date

This presentation explores the industries and the people that run Boston at night, comparing Boston's nighttime economy with peer cities and the nation. A summarizing infographic is available here.


Topics: Labor Market
Business Establishments in Boston: Detailed Industry Trends

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Nov 27 2023 Publication Date

This presentation explores detailed industry trends in Boston's business establishments, tracking numbers of employer and non-employer businesses in particular sectors over time by size and neighborhood while also analyzing broader shifts in business dynamics coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Topics: Industry Profiles, Labor Market, Real Estate & Development
Business Establishments in Boston: Citywide Trends

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Nov 27 2023 Publication Date

This presentation explores citywide trends in business establishments in Boston, providing some pre-pandemic background on business dynamics by firm age and size and giving an overview of the effects of COVID-19 on businesses by neighborhood, size, and industry.


Topics: Industry Profiles, Labor Market, Real Estate & Development
Boston Neighborhoods Map: The Top 10 Countries of Birth for Foreign Born Population

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Nov 20 2023 Publication Date

The map, initially created for the Dreams of Freedom exhibit housed in Boston's Skywalk at the Prudential Tower, showcases the top 10 countries of birth among the foreign-born population in each of Boston's neighborhoods using infographics. Created by the BPDA GIS Lab with data provided by the Research Division.


Topics: Foreign-born
Native Americans in Massachusetts

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Nov 14 2023 Publication Date

This presentation, a collaboration between BPDA Research and Supporting Indigenous Communities Fellow Amira Madison, investigates the characteristics and rapid growth of the Native American population in Massachusetts between 2010 and 2020, using data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. A summarizing infographic is available here.


Topics: Population & Demographics
Race and Ethnicity in the 2020 Census: Self-Identification or Classification?

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Nov 09 2023 Publication Date

This report delves into the implications of the 2020 Census's revised approach to collecting and processing race and ethnicity data. This methodological change, entailing the reclassification of respondents based on their origin, resulted in substantial growth in the "two or more races" category. Executed without respondents' consent, the reclassification distorts demographic analysis and undermines the reliability of Census data. The City of Boston has filed an official complaint to the US Census Bureau protesting this race reclassification scheme.


Topics: Race