Nationwide Claims to Fame

Boston is 10th out of 4,905 other cities in Retail accommodation and food service sales

Boston is 21st out of 4,664 other cities in Current population (2012)

Boston is 23rd out of 6,406 other cities in Households

Boston is 25th out of 6,406 other cities in Housing units

Boston is 31st out of 5,169 other cities in Total businesses (including small businesses)

Boston is 31st out of 6,405 other cities in Units inside multi-unit buildings

Boston is 35th out of 5,266 other cities in Retail sales

Statewide Claims to Fame

Boston is 1st in Massachusetts out of 116 other cities in Households

Boston is 1st in Massachusetts out of 116 other cities in Housing units

Boston is 1st in Massachusetts out of 38 other cities in Retail accommodation and food service sales

Boston is 1st in Massachusetts out of 42 other cities in Retail sales

Boston is 1st in Massachusetts out of 42 other cities in Total businesses (including small businesses)

Boston is 1st in Massachusetts out of 53 other cities in Current population (2012)

Boston is 2nd in Massachusetts out of 116 other cities in Size in square miles

Boston is 3rd in Massachusetts out of 116 other cities in Race - Black or African American

Boston is 4th in Massachusetts out of 116 other cities in Population density (people per sqmi)

Boston is 4th in Massachusetts out of 116 other cities in Units inside multi-unit buildings

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General Demographics

Size Demographics

Size Demographics
Boston Rank Massachusetts US
Current population (2012) 636,479 1st 6,646,144 313,914,040
Size in square miles 48.3 2nd 7,800.1 3,531,905.4
Population density (people per sqmi) 12,792.7 4th 839.4 87.4

People Demographics

Age Demographics
Boston Rank Massachusetts US
Residents younger than 5 5.2% 84th 5.5% 6.4%
Residents younger than 18 16.8% 103rd 21.1% 23.5%
Residents 65 or older 10.1% 108th 14.4% 13.7%
Education Demographics
Boston Rank Massachusetts US
Residents with high school diploma (older than 25) 84.2% 90th 88.9% 85.4%
Residents with college degree (older than 25) 42.8% 40th 38.7% 28.2%
Race Demographics
Boston Rank Massachusetts US
Race - White 53.9% 111th 83.7% 77.9%
Race - Black or African American 24.4% 3rd 7.9% 13.1%
Race - American Indian or Alaska Native 0.4% 19th 0.5% 1.2%
Race - Asian 8.9% 17th 5.8% 5.1%
Race - Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.0% 103rd 0.1% 0.2%
Race - Two or More 3.9% 11th 2.0% 2.4%
Race - Hispanic or Latino 17.5% 12th 10.1% 16.9%
Race - White, not Hispanic or Latino 47.0% 110th 75.8% 63.0%
Misc People Demographics
Boston Rank Massachusetts US
Female residents 52.1% 50th 51.5% 50.8%
Foreign born residents 27.1% 11th 14.7% 12.8%

Housing Demographics

Housing Demographics
Boston Rank Massachusetts US
Housing units 272,481 1st 2,818,940 132,312,404
Units inside multi-unit buildings 82.2% 4th 41.8% 25.9%
Households 247,621 1st 2,522,409 114,761,359
Home ownership rate 34.6% 112th 63.6% 66.1%
Home median value $381,900 36th $343,500 $186,200
People per household 2.3 89th 2.5 2.6

Income Demographics

Income Demographics
Boston Rank Massachusetts US
Income per capita $33,158 61st $35,051 $27,915
Income per household $51,739 86th $65,981 $52,762
Income below poverty line 21.4% 10th 10.7% 14.3%

Business Demographics

Business Demographics
Boston Rank Massachusetts US
Total businesses (including small businesses) 49,667 1st 596,790 27,092,908
Retail sales $6,808,832 1st $88,082,966 $3,3917,663,456
Retail sales per capita $10,934 28th $13,553 $12,990
Retail accommodation and food service sales $3,661,700 1st $14,917,210 $613,795,732

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