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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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.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race
2015 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grants for Boston

N/A Neighborhoods

Oct 27 2015 Publication Date

2014 marked the 20th consecutive year that Boston received the most NIH funding of any U.S. city. Forty-six Boston institutions received 3,521 NIH awards for more than $1.7 billion in funding. This total represents 5.7% of all NIH spending and 71.4% of all NIH funding in Massachusetts. Eight Boston organization received over $100 million each in NIH funding, reinforcing Boston as a powerhouse in medical research.


Topics: Economy & Jobs
Imagine all the People - Latinos

N/A Neighborhoods

Oct 23 2015 Publication Date

“Imagine all the People” is a series of publications produced by the Boston Redevelopment Authority for the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians, that provides a comprehensive profile of Boston’s diverse immigrant communities and their numerous contributions to the city’s social, cultural, and economic landscape. It is part of an ongoing effort to celebrate new Bostonians and gain insight into how our city is shaped by their presence.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Income & Poverty
Trends in Poverty and Inequality

N/A Neighborhoods

Oct 20 2015 Publication Date

The BRA Research Division prepared this presentation for the Boston Citywide Plan to provide a factual basis to understand 1) historical trends that have shaped poverty and inequality in Boston, 2) the extent of poverty and inequality in Boston today, and 3) specific populations that are disproportionately affected by poverty and inequality.


Topics: Age, Education, Foreign-born, Gender, Households & Families, Income & Poverty, Language, Race
Boston's Economy - 2015

N/A Neighborhoods

Oct 19 2015 Publication Date

Boston's economy has grown steadily since the end of the Great Recession in mid-2009, outperforming both Massachusetts and the nation with annual job growth of 2.0 percent between 2010 and 2014. This report describes Boston's economy in terms of jobs, unemployment, wages, key industries, and real estate.


Topics: Industry Profiles, Labor Market, Real Estate & Development
Boston's Growing Economy

N/A Neighborhoods

Oct 16 2015 Publication Date

This presentation provides statistics showing historical trends that shaped the economy of Boston. Presentation sections include A Growing Economy, Strong Core Industries, A Vibrant Labor Market (Jobs in Boston), A Productive Resident Labor Force, and A Booming Real Estate Market.


Topics: Industry Profiles, Labor Market, Real Estate & Development
Historical Boston in Context: Neighborhoods - 1970 to 2000

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Sep 29 2015 Publication Date

This publication compares Boston and its neighborhoods to the U.S. and Massachusetts on several demographic and housing characteristics over the past few decades. This report uses a combination of 1970-2000 U.S. Decennial Census data.


Topics: Age, Foreign-born, Households & Families, Race
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