Most Expensive Boston Neighborhoods
|1||Fisher College / Beacon St|
|2||Boylston St / Clarendon St|
|3||Back Bay / New England College of Optometry|
|4||Atlantic Ave / Purchase St|
|5||Boston Architectural College / Commonwealth Ave|
|6||Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology / Columbus Ave|
|7||Boylston St / Prudential Center Plz|
|8||Columbus Ave / Dartmouth St|
|9||Warren Ave / Pembroke St|
|10||City Center / Suffolk U|
Boston is a very large coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 655,884 people and 179 constituent neighborhoods, Boston is the largest community in Massachusetts. Boston has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Housing costs in Boston are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.
Boston is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Boston is a city of professionals, sales and office workers and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Boston who work in office and administrative support (12.56%), management occupations (10.54%) and sales jobs (8.79%).
Also of interest is that Boston has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Boston also has a very large population of students, making it a major college town. As often the case, having so many students around has a strong influence on the local culture. In fact, Boston is one of only a few big cities that are also major college towns, making it one of the nation's prominent intellectual centers. In addition, the presence of thousands of college students gives Boston a sophisticated style, and provides lots of diversions and entertainment for students. Being a big "college town" not only means that Boston has a burgeoning arts, music, and nightclub scene, but the innovation sector of the local economy receives a great boost from both the intellectual output of the faculty and the thousands of enthusiastic students who graduate every spring.
Not only is Boston a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Boston is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.
Boston is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
One downside of living in Boston, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.92 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
One of the benefits of being a big city like Boston is having a public transportation system, but in Boston the transit system is the mode of choice for lots of people getting to and from work every day. You will find many people using the subway for their daily commute, even though other transportation options exist. If you ask these commuters, many will tell you that not having to drive in the snarl of big city traffic is one of main reasons for leaving the car at home, or even not owning a car at all. With so many people taking the subway Boston benefits from a reduction in air pollution and traffic.
Boston is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.59% of adults in Boston have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Boston in 2010 was $34,770, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $139,080 for a family of four. However, Boston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Boston is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Boston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Boston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Boston also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 18.37% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Boston include Irish, Italian, English, German, Haitian and Polish.
In addition, Boston has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (27.04%).
The languages spoken by people in Boston are also diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in Boston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish, French Creole and Chinese.
|NUMBER OF HOMES AND APARTMENTS||251,212|
|BOSTON HOME OWNERSHIP|
|% OWNER OCCUPIED||31.69%|
|% RENTER OCCUPIED||68.31%|
|TYPE OF BOSTON HOMES|
|SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED||11.86%|
|ROWHOUSES AND ATTACHED HOMES||6.35%|
|SMALL APARTMENT BUILDINGS||38.39%|
|COMPLEXES OR HIGH RISE APARTMENTS||43.25%|
|SIZE OF BOSTON HOMES|
|5 OR MORE BEDROOMS||2.95%|
|AGE OF BOSTON HOMES|
|NEWER HOMES (2000 OR LATER)||7.35%|
|ESTABLISHED, BUT NOT OLD HOMES (1970-1999)||16.96%|
|WELL-ESTABLISHED, OLD HOMES (1940-1969)||21.36%|
|HISTORIC (1939 OR BEFORE)||54.33%|
|BOSTON REAL ESTATE INFORMATION||DETAILS|
|MEDIAN HOME VALUE||$428,865|
|MEDIAN RENTAL PRICE||$1,625|
|HOME VALUE RANGE|
|$0 - $58,000||2.11%|
|$58,001 - $116,000||0.83%|
|$116,001 - $231,000||6.33%|
|$231,001 - $347,000||20.26%|
|$347,001 - $462,000||25.76%|
|$462,001 - $578,000||16.20%|
|$578,001 - $867,000||17.23%|
|$867,001 - $1,156,000||4.56%|
|PEOPLE OF BOSTON||DETAILS|
|UNDER 5 YEARS||5.31%|
|5 TO 17||11.34%|
|18 TO 24||17.52%|
|25 TO 34||22.04%|
|35 TO 54||23.83%|
|55 TO 64||9.55%|
|65 YEARS AND OVER||10.41%|
|EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF ADULTS|
|HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES||84.98%|
|MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME||$54,485|
|PER CAPITA INCOME||$34,770|
|INDIVIDUALS BELOW POVERTY LEVEL||21.95%|
|INDUSTRIES PEOPLE WORK IN||Healthcare (18.16%)
Professional, scientific, and technical services (11.55%)
Public Service (4.42%)
Information Technology (2.54%)
|BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN||25.07%|
|AMERICAN INDIAN AND ALASKA NATIVE||0.39%|
|NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS||0.01%|
|SOME OTHER RACE ALONE||7.40%|
|TWO OR MORE RACES||4.68%|
|HISPANIC OR LATINO (OF ANY RACE)||18.37%|
|ETHNICITIES PRESENT||Irish (14.98%)
Cape Verdean (2.07%)
|LANGUAGES SPOKEN||English (63.35%)
French Creole (4.06%)
African languages (1.18%)
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