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Total population: 645,169 (All urban)

Boston,MA index of house prices


Houses: 251,935 (239,528 occupied: 77,209 owner occupied, 162,319 renter occupied)
% of renters here:

68%
State:

63%

Housing density: 5202 houses/condos per square mile

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2009 in this state: $342,737.


Median contract rent in 2009: $1,030 (lower quartile is $560, upper quartile is $1,424)


Median rent asked for vacant for-rent units in 2009: $1,257


Median gross rent in Boston, MA in 2009: $1,161


Housing units in Boston with a mortgage: 21,374 (2,155 second mortgage, 2,408 home equity loan, 74 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 9,093


Median household income for houses/condos with a mortgage: $96,087


Median household income for apartments without a mortgage: $53,057


Median monthly housing costs: $1,343





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Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $375,700 (it was $210,100 in 2000)
Boston:

$375,700
Massachusetts:

$338,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $283,800 - $513,200

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $329,115
Here:

$329,115
State:

$412,156

Townhouses or other attached units: $756,324
Here:

$756,324
State:

$346,236

In 2-unit structures: $399,208
Here:

$399,208
State:

$348,924

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $452,787
Here:

$452,787
State:

$354,648

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $474,082
Here:

$474,082
State:

$326,862

Mobile homes: $98,263
Here:

$98,263
State:

$71,966

Median year house/condo built: 1939

Median year apartment built: 1939

Household type by relationship:

Households: 554,018
  • In family households: 382,668 (63,295 male householders, 53,362 female householders)
    68,510 spouses, 143,927 children (136,552 natural, 3,954 adopted, 3,421 stepchildren), 11,186 grandchildren, 11,131 brothers or sisters, 6,311 parents, 11,429 other relatives, 13,517 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 171,350 (58,364 male householders (39,932 living alone)), 64,582 female householders (48,931 living alone)), 48,404 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 35,123 (8,289 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 45,443 2-persons, 28,228 3-persons, 21,410 4-persons, 12,385 5-persons, 5,356 6-persons, 3,835 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 88,863 1-person, 24,940 2-persons, 5,957 3-persons, 2,333 4-persons, 593 5-persons, 209 6-persons, 51 7-or-more-persons.

53,183 married couples with children.
46,994 single-parent households (5,294 men, 41,700 women).

66.6% of residents of Boston speak English at home.
13.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (52% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 18% speak English not well, 8% don't speak English at all).
12.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (56% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
6.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (36% speak English very well, 29% speak English well, 25% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
1.4% of residents speak other language at home (64% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 1% don't speak English at all).

Foreign born population: 151,836 (25.8%)
(37.3% of them are naturalized citizens)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.6
State:

4.0

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Rooms in houses/apartments in Boston, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 748
  • 2 rooms: 2,836
  • 3 rooms: 6,975
  • 4 rooms: 10,360
  • 5 rooms: 15,026
  • 6 rooms: 15,603
  • 7 rooms: 9,345
  • 8 rooms: 5,923
  • 9 or more rooms: 10,393
  • 1 room: 16,421
  • 2 rooms: 25,138
  • 3 rooms: 36,041
  • 4 rooms: 32,596
  • 5 rooms: 30,659
  • 6 rooms: 14,387
  • 7 rooms: 4,131
  • 8 rooms: 1,500
  • 9 or more rooms: 1,446
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Boston, Massachusetts
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 966
  • 1 bedroom: 10,147
  • 2 bedrooms: 23,578
  • 3 bedrooms: 24,923
  • 4 bedrooms: 10,251
  • 5+ bedrooms: 7,344
  • no bedroom: 19,150
  • 1 bedroom: 56,758
  • 2 bedrooms: 52,649
  • 3 bedrooms: 26,186
  • 4 bedrooms: 6,157
  • 5+ bedrooms: 1,419
Cars and other vehicles available in Boston, Massachusetts in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 11,210
  • 1 vehicle: 38,812
  • 2 vehicles: 21,892
  • 3 vehicles: 4,065
  • 4 vehicles: 791
  • 5+ vehicles: 439
  • no vehicle: 72,398
  • 1 vehicle: 67,457
  • 2 vehicles: 18,223
  • 3 vehicles: 2,839
  • 4 vehicles: 739
  • 5+ vehicles: 663

Median 2009 house/condo value by year built


Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 4,024
  • 2000 to 2004: 7,375
  • 1990 to 1999: 8,570
  • 1980 to 1989: 13,989
  • 1970 to 1979: 19,770
  • 1960 to 1969: 20,242
  • 1950 to 1959: 18,370
  • 1940 to 1949: 16,446
  • 1939 or earlier: 151,833

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


Boston, MA house values

Estimate of home value of owner-occupied houses in 2009 in Boston, MA:

  • Less than $10,000: 92
  • $10,000 to $14,999: 46
  • $15,000 to $19,999: 69
  • $20,000 to $24,999: 100
  • $25,000 to $29,999: 84
  • $30,000 to $34,999: 75
  • $35,000 to $39,999: 88
  • $40,000 to $49,999: 188
  • $50,000 to $59,999: 154
  • $60,000 to $69,999: 149
  • $70,000 to $79,999: 94
  • $80,000 to $89,999: 84
  • $90,000 to $99,999: 94
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 519
  • $125,000 to $149,999: 1224
  • $150,000 to $174,999: 2147
  • $175,000 to $199,999: 3215
  • $200,000 to $249,999: 8434
  • $250,000 to $299,999: 10837
  • $300,000 to $399,999: 21154
  • $400,000 to $499,999: 15073
  • $500,000 to $749,999: 15208
  • $750,000 to $999,999: 3839
  • $1,000,000 or more: 6341
 


Boston rent paid by renters for apartments graph

Rent paid by renters in 2009 in Boston:

  • Less than $100: 1,183 people
  • $100 to $149: 1,727
  • $150 to $199: 2,981
  • $200 to $249: 7,871
  • $250 to $299: 3,954
  • $300 to $349: 4,198
  • $350 to $399: 2,496
  • $400 to $449: 2,385
  • $450 to $499: 2,074
  • $500 to $549: 2,382
  • $550 to $599: 1,923
  • $600 to $649: 2,403
  • $650 to $699: 2,171
  • $700 to $749: 2,732
  • $750 to $799: 2,472
  • $800 to $899: 6,148
  • $900 to $999: 8,038
  • $1,000 to $1,249: 24,503
  • $1,250 to $1,499: 22,950
  • $1,500 to $1,999: 27,079
  • $2,000 or more: 14,169
  • No cash rent: 3,090
 

Median house/condo value by year householder moved into unit


Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 42,696
  • 1990 to 1994: 30,974
  • 1985 to 1989: 25,604
  • 1980 to 1984: 19,562
  • 1975 to 1979: 9,646
  • 1970 to 1974: 8,104
  • 1970 to 1974: 5,744
  • 1965 to 1969: 9,506


Boston, MA Time Leaving Home for Work

Percentage of workers working in this county: 67.8%
Number of people working at home: 6,593 (2.4% of all workers)


Boston commuting: travel time to work

Travel time to work (commute)

  • Less than 5 minutes: 5125
  • 5 to 9 minutes: 16870
  • 10 to 14 minutes: 25955
  • 15 to 19 minutes: 36189
  • 20 to 24 minutes: 41676
  • 25 to 29 minutes: 16415
  • 30 to 34 minutes: 54859
  • 35 to 39 minutes: 9732
  • 40 to 44 minutes: 13270
  • 45 to 59 minutes: 29114
  • 60 to 89 minutes: 16776
  • 90 or more minutes: 5889
 


Boston mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work

  • Drove a car alone: 115,618 (42%)
  • Carpooled: 25,662 (9%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 33,837 (12%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 6,311 (2%)
  • Subway or elevated: 45,406 (16%)
  • Railroad: 2,808 (1%)
  • Ferryboat: 351 (0%)
  • Taxi: 1,193 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 145 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2,705 (1%)
  • Walked: 36,323 (13%)
  • Other means: 1,511 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 6,593 (2%)
 


Boston, MA household income

Household income:

  • Less than $10,000: 37230
  • $10,000 to $14,999: 15764
  • $15,000 to $19,999: 13377
  • $20,000 to $24,999: 13899
  • $25,000 to $29,999: 14316
  • $30,000 to $34,999: 13180
  • $35,000 to $39,999: 12881
  • $40,000 to $44,999: 12721
  • $45,000 to $49,999: 10326
  • $50,000 to $59,999: 18776
  • $60,000 to $74,999: 22720
  • $75,000 to $99,999: 23784
  • $100,000 to $124,999: 12369
  • $125,000 to $149,999: 6127
  • $150,000 to $199,999: 5491
  • $200,000 or more: 6642
 

First ancestries reported:

 Other groups: 189953
 Irish: 76652
 Italian: 40716
 West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups):: 36293
 Subsaharan African:: 20752
 United States or American: 19387
 Haitian: 18790
 English: 15528
 German: 13855
 Cape Verdean: 10878
 Polish: 9176
 Russian: 8124
 Jamaican: 7804
 French (except Basque): 5938
 African: 5806
 Arab:: 4958
 French Canadian: 4811
 Scottish: 4777
 Greek: 4693
 Scotch-Irish: 3965
 Brazilian: 3470
 Portuguese: 3225
 Trinidadian and Tobagonian: 3072
 West Indian: 2860
 European: 2479
 Swedish: 2457
 Lebanese: 2354
 Barbadian: 2053
 Canadian: 2045
 British: 1945
 Lithuanian: 1855
 Ukrainian: 1764
 Nigerian: 1696
 Norwegian: 1501
 Dutch: 1471
 Eastern European: 1384
 Albanian: 1339
 British West Indian: 1309
 Arab/Arabic: 855
 Armenian: 801
 Hungarian: 717
 Austrian: 704
 Welsh: 673
 Ethiopian: 658
 Iranian: 634
 Somalian: 606
 Turkish: 586
 Danish: 571
 Romanian: 519
 Finnish: 506
 Swiss: 479
 Syrian: 459
 Czech: 444
 Israeli: 406
 Northern European: 389
 Other Arab: 377
 Guyanese: 342
 Egyptian: 341
 Yugoslavian: 313
 Moroccan: 309
 Latvian: 303
 Scandinavian: 272
 Belgian: 248
 Other Subsaharan African: 240
 Czechoslovakian: 213
 U.S. Virgin Islander: 208
 Ghanian: 201
 Sierra Leonean: 199
 Slovak: 194
 Australian: 190
 Croatian: 187
 Liberian: 171
 Celtic: 156
 Serbian: 147
 Bulgarian: 139
 South African: 112
 Palestinian: 99
 Kenyan: 95
 Bermudan: 95
 Slavic: 93
 Jordanian: 87
 Iraqi: 77
 Slovene: 77
 Estonian: 74
 New Zealander: 71
 Icelander: 46
 Ugandan: 38
 Soviet Union: 37
 Alsatian: 36
 Acadian/Cajun: 36
 Belizean: 33
 Dutch West Indian: 32
 Sudanese: 31
 Bahamian: 27
 Basque: 24
 Cypriot: 22
 Afghan: 20
 Carpatho Rusyn: 17
 Macedonian: 14
 Pennsylvania German: 14
 Maltese: 12
 Senegalese: 11
 Zairian: 10
 Other West Indian: 10
 Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac: 8
 Luxemburger: 7
 German Russian: 6


Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):



  • Haiti (10%)
  • Dominican Republic (8%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (7%)
  • Vietnam (6%)
  • Other Western Africa (5%)
  • El Salvador (4%)
  • Jamaica (4%)


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 279411
  • Northeast: 69431
  • Midwest: 19087
  • South: 38667
  • West: 11550

52% of Boston residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 50% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 42% lived in Massachusetts.

Education attainment for males 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 4,307
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 1,383
  • 5th and 6th grade: 4,284
  • 7th and 8th grade: 5,301
  • 9th grade: 4,101
  • 10th grade: 4,295
  • 11th grade: 3,847
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 9,049
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 41,971
  • Less than 1 year of college: 7,599
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 18,128
  • Associate degree: 7,115
  • Bachelor's degree: 36,786
  • Master's degree: 17,339
  • Professional school degree: 7,691
  • Doctorate degree: 4,389

Educational Attainment for Males (%)

Education attainment for females 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 5,915
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 2,101
  • 5th and 6th grade: 4,646
  • 7th and 8th grade: 6,384
  • 9th grade: 4,687
  • 10th grade: 4,998
  • 11th grade: 4,084
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 10,247
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 48,597
  • Less than 1 year of college: 9,337
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 19,745
  • Associate degree: 11,201
  • Bachelor's degree: 39,656
  • Master's degree: 19,882
  • Professional school degree: 5,864
  • Doctorate degree: 2,645

Educational Attainment for Females (%)


Class of Workers


Unemployment rate for White non-Hispanic males: 5.6%
Unemployment rate for White non-Hispanic females: 4.5%


Unemployment rate for Black males: 12.8%
Unemployment rate for Black females: 9.5%


Unemployment rate for American Indian and Alaska Native males: 9.4%
Unemployment rate for American Indian and Alaska Native females: 7.0%


Unemployment rate for Asian males: 6.9%
Unemployment rate for Asian females: 8.1%


Unemployment rate for other race males: 11.6%
Unemployment rate for other race females: 10.6%


Unemployment rate for two or more race males: 7.7%
Unemployment rate for two or more race females: 8.8%


Unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino males: 11.6%
Unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino females: 11.4%


Median household income in 2009 for:

  • White non-Hispanic householders: $70,386
  • Black householders: $37,242
  • American Indian and Alaska Native householders: $28,877
  • Asian householders: $34,616
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander householders: $26,023
  • Some other race householders: $30,779
  • Two or more races householders: $50,934
  • Hispanic or Latino race householders: $32,265
Boston household income for White non-Hispanic householders
Boston household income for Black householders
Boston household income for American Indian and Alaska Native householders
Boston household income for Asian householders
Boston household income for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander householders
Boston household income for Some other race householders
Boston household income for Two or more races householders
Boston household income for Hispanic or Latino race householders

Boston marital status for males
Boston marital status for females

Median 2009 house value for:

  • White Non-Hispanic householders: $371,587
  • Black or African American householders: $278,243
  • American Indian or Alaska Native householders: $281,283
  • Asian householders: $341,724
  • Some other race householders: $306,317
  • Two or more races householders: $311,146
  • Hispanic or Latino householders: $328,312

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 29,530
  • One, attached: 12,364
  • Two: 36,822
  • 3 or 4: 65,587
  • 5 to 9: 29,244
  • 10 to 19: 23,893
  • 20 to 49: 23,631
  • 50 or more: 30,548
  • Mobile homes: 292
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 24

Median worth of mobile homes: $36,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

House/condo owner moved in on average 10 years ago


Renter moved in on average 5 years ago

Year Householders Moved Into Residence in Boston:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Boston
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (53.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (33.3%)
  • Electricity (11.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1.5%)
  • Utility gas (45.7%)
  • Electricity (25.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (23.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.2%)
  • Other fuel (1.3%)
  • No fuel used (1.2%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 10,746
Here:

19.4%
Massachusetts:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 4,321
Here:

14.7%
Massachusetts:

12.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 44,343
Here:

70.7%
Massachusetts:

48.2%

School Enrollment by Level of School for Male Students

School Enrollment by Level of School for Female Students

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


 

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