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Research Publications

Explore the 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's Economy 2024

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Jul 10 2024 Publication Date

Boston's Economy 2024 covers trends in employment, wages, housing prices, and real estate.


Topics: Income & Poverty, Labor Market, Real Estate & Development
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
Labor Market Update, November 2023

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

Nov 06 2023 Publication Date

This presentation provides an analysis of the latest data on Boston's labor market, focusing in particular on how tight labor markets have driven strong post-pandemic wage growth.


Topics: N/A
Boston's Economy 2023

All Neighborhoods Neighborhoods

May 12 2023 Publication Date

Boston's Economy 2023 covers trends in employment, wages, housing prices, and real estate.


Topics: Income & Poverty, Industry Profiles, Labor Market, Real Estate & Development
The Importance of Small and Micro Businesses in Boston

N/A Neighborhoods

Feb 15 2019 Publication Date

An analysis of micro businesses (less than 5 employees) and small businesses (less than 50 employees) in Boston, focusing on industry distribution, employment, and economic impact.


Topics: Labor Market
Trends in Boston Business Establishments and Payroll Employment

N/A Neighborhoods

May 10 2018 Publication Date

This presentation looks at trends over the past 15 years in Boston business establishments and payroll employment. The analysis looks at trends in business services, education, health care and social assistance, consumer services, and production and transportation industries.


Topics: Industry Profiles, Labor Market
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'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