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Boston city, Massachusetts

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Boston city, Massachusetts
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 692,600
Population estimates, July 1, 2019, (V2019) 692,600
Population estimates base, April 1, 2010, (V2019) 617,792
Population, percent change - April 1, 2010 (estimates base) to July 1, 2019, (V2019) 12.1%
Population, Census, April 1, 2020 X
Population, Census, April 1, 2010 617,594
Age and Sex
Persons under 5 years, percent
Persons under 18 years, percent
Persons 65 years and over, percent
Female persons, percent
Race and Hispanic Origin
White alone, percent
Black or African American alone, percent(a)
American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)
Asian alone, percent(a)
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)
Two or More Races, percent
Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent
Population Characteristics
Veterans, 2015-2019 16,022
Foreign born persons, percent, 2015-2019 28.3%
Housing units, July 1, 2019, (V2019) X
Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2015-2019 35.0%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 $532,700
Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2015-2019 $2,442
Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2015-2019 $815
Median gross rent, 2015-2019 $1,620
Building permits, 2020 X
Families & Living Arrangements
Households, 2015-2019 269,522
Persons per household, 2015-2019 2.36
Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2015-2019 80.2%
Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2015-2019 37.7%
Computer and Internet Use
Households with a computer, percent, 2015-2019 91.0%
Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2015-2019 85.4%
High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019 87.2%
Bachelor's degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2015-2019 49.7%
With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2015-2019 8.2%
Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent
In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019 69.7%
In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2015-2019 67.4%
Total accommodation and food services sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 4,409,241
Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 16,734,496
Total manufacturers shipments, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 3,334,504
Total retail sales, 2012 ($1,000)(c) 7,885,597
Total retail sales per capita, 2012(c) $12,389
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2015-2019 30.9
Income & Poverty
Median household income (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 $71,115
Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 $44,690
Persons in poverty, percent
Total employer establishments, 2019 X
Total employment, 2019 X
Total annual payroll, 2019 ($1,000) X
Total employment, percent change, 2018-2019 X
Total nonemployer establishments, 2018 X
All firms, 2012 59,268
Men-owned firms, 2012 33,543
Women-owned firms, 2012 19,390
Minority-owned firms, 2012 17,686
Nonminority-owned firms, 2012 37,403
Veteran-owned firms, 2012 4,569
Nonveteran-owned firms, 2012 50,282
Population per square mile, 2010 12,792.7
Land area in square miles, 2010 48.28
FIPS Code 2507000
Value Notes

Estimates are not comparable to other geographic levels due to methodology differences that may exist between different data sources.

Some estimates presented here come from sample data, and thus have sampling errors that may render some apparent differences between geographies statistically indistinguishable. Click the Quick Info icon to the left of each row in TABLE view to learn about sampling error.

The vintage year (e.g., V2019) refers to the final year of the series (2010 thru 2019). Different vintage years of estimates are not comparable.

Fact Notes Value Flags

QuickFacts data are derived from: Population Estimates, American Community Survey, Census of Population and Housing, Current Population Survey, Small Area Health Insurance Estimates, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, State and County Housing Unit Estimates, County Business Patterns, Nonemployer Statistics, Economic Census, Survey of Business Owners, Building Permits.

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