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Boston, MA (Massachusetts) Houses and Residents

Boston,MA index of house prices

Total population: 655,884 (Urban population: 589,141, Rural population: 0)

Houses: 288,716 (267,592 occupied: 93,649 owner occupied, 173,943 renter occupied)

% of renters here:

65%
State:

38%

Housing density: 5,962 houses/condos per square mile

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses and condos in 2016: $808,563.

Median contract rent in 2016: $722 (lower quartile is $435, upper quartile is $994)


Median rent asked for vacant for-rent units in 2016: $1,734


Median gross rent in Boston, MA in 2016: $803

Housing units in Boston with a mortgage: 67,353 (2,317 second mortgage, 8,921 home equity loan, 801 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 26,296

Median household income for houses/condos with a mortgage: $116,079

Median household income for apartments without a mortgage: $70,293

Median monthly housing costs: $1,599


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Boston, Massachusetts Age and Sex of Residents
Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $495,400 (it was $210,100 in 2000)
Boston:

$495,400
Massachusetts:

$366,900
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $362,300 - $696,100

Mean price in 2016:

Detached houses: $515,220
Here:

$515,220
State:

$451,214

Townhouses or other attached units: $1,047,882
Here:

$1,047,882
State:

$418,838

In 2-unit structures: $623,369
Here:

$623,369
State:

$444,053

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $580,435
Here:

$580,435
State:

$427,048

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $745,300
Here:

$745,300
State:

$429,965
Median year house/condo built: 1939

Median year apartment built: 1947

Household type by relationship:

Households: 672,840
  • In family households: 412,225 (52,716 male householders, 73,471 female householders)
    72,318 spouses, 143,734 children (137,627 natural, 3,843 adopted, 2,264 stepchildren), 10,750 grandchildren, 14,489 brothers or sisters, 10,746 parents, 13,786 other relatives, 20,215 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 211,264 (67,295 male householders (43,812 living alone)), 74,110 female householders (55,677 living alone)), 69,859 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 49,351

Size of family households: 53,471 2-persons, 32,378 3-persons, 22,934 4-persons, 10,018 5-persons, 4,938 6-persons, 2,448 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 99,489 1-person, 29,651 2-persons, 7,952 3-persons, 3,588 4-persons, 548 5-persons, 68 6-persons, 109 7-or-more-persons.

50,124 married couples with children.
44,753 single-parent households (6,493 men, 38,260 women).

61.2% of residents of Boston speak English at home.
17.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (50% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 11% don't speak English at all).
12.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (63% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
7.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (42% speak English very well, 26% speak English well, 19% speak English not well, 13% don't speak English at all).
2.1% of residents speak other language at home (67% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 11% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).

Foreign born population: 194,264 (28.9%)
(45.6% of them are naturalized citizens)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:

Here:

5.3
State:

6.5

Median number of rooms in apartments:

Here:

3.8
State:

4.1

Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • 2,228no bedroom
  • 12,0991 bedroom
  • 33,0972 bedrooms
  • 28,2323 bedrooms
  • 12,0224 bedrooms
  • 5,9715+ bedrooms
Note: State values scaled to Boston population

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • 15,150no bedroom
  • 54,9101 bedroom
  • 60,1132 bedrooms
  • 32,3113 bedrooms
  • 9,7884 bedrooms
  • 1,6715+ bedrooms
Note: State values scaled to Boston population
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Cars and other vehicles available in Boston in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • 12,489no vehicle
  • 43,7881 vehicle
  • 29,4292 vehicles
  • 5,2313 vehicles
  • 2,3574 vehicles
  • 3555+ vehicles
Note: State values scaled to Boston population

Cars and other vehicles available in Boston in renter-occupied apartments

  • 77,990no vehicle
  • 73,1221 vehicle
  • 19,0972 vehicles
  • 3,1423 vehicles
  • 4874 vehicles
  • 1055+ vehicles
Note: State values scaled to Boston population
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • 1,5801 room
  • 3,2892 rooms
  • 9,1543 rooms
  • 17,2074 rooms
  • 20,3785 rooms
  • 14,0866 rooms
  • 11,1647 rooms
  • 6,7448 rooms
  • 10,0479+ rooms
Note: State values scaled to Boston population

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • 13,2741 room
  • 14,8062 rooms
  • 44,4693 rooms
  • 43,6554 rooms
  • 31,9285 rooms
  • 17,6836 rooms
  • 5,2467 rooms
  • 1,5328 rooms
  • 1,3509+ rooms
Note: State values scaled to Boston population

Year house built

Median 2016 house/condo value by year built ($)

Median house/condo value by year householder moved into unit ($)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

  • Boston, MA household income distribution

  • Boston, MA household income distribution
  • 30,594Less than $10,000
  • 17,056$10,000 to $14,999
  • 12,135$15,000 to $19,999
  • 10,187$20,000 to $24,999
  • 8,348$25,000 to $29,999
  • 10,020$30,000 to $34,999
  • 8,200$35,000 to $39,999
  • 8,698$40,000 to $44,999
  • 7,352$45,000 to $49,999
  • 15,380$50,000 to $59,999
  • 21,792$60,000 to $74,999
  • 25,805$75,000 to $99,999
  • 24,089$100,000 to $124,999
  • 18,146$125,000 to $149,999
  • 22,895$150,000 to $199,999
  • 26,895$200,000 or more
  • Home value of owner-occupied houses in 2016 in Boston, MA

  • Home value of owner-occupied houses in 2016 in Boston, MA
  • 406Less than $10,000
  • 18$10,000 to $14,999
  • 266$20,000 to $24,999
  • 88$35,000 to $39,999
  • 45$40,000 to $49,999
  • 44$50,000 to $59,999
  • 32$70,000 to $79,999
  • 175$80,000 to $89,999
  • 92$90,000 to $99,999
  • 273$100,000 to $124,999
  • 189$125,000 to $149,999
  • 1,376$150,000 to $174,999
  • 639$175,000 to $199,999
  • 3,941$200,000 to $249,999
  • 5,136$250,000 to $299,999
  • 17,171$300,000 to $399,999
  • 17,743$400,000 to $499,999
  • 28,819$500,000 to $749,999
  • 7,965$750,000 to $999,999
  • 4,280$1,000,000 to $1,499,999
  • 2,092$1,500,000 to $1,999,999
  • 2,859$2,000,000 or more
  • Rent paid by renters in 2016 in Boston, MA

  • Rent paid by renters in 2016 in Boston, MA
  • 2,587Less than $100
  • 2,971$100 to $149
  • 4,701$150 to $199
  • 9,022$200 to $249
  • 5,864$250 to $299
  • 3,681$300 to $349
  • 2,055$350 to $399
  • 3,488$400 to $449
  • 2,096$450 to $499
  • 3,411$500 to $549
  • 1,050$550 to $599
  • 1,997$600 to $649
  • 1,393$650 to $699
  • 1,896$700 to $749
  • 1,608$750 to $799
  • 4,665$800 to $899
  • 5,259$900 to $999
  • 18,639$1,000 to $1,249
  • 18,573$1,250 to $1,499
  • 37,784$1,500 to $1,999
  • 17,636$2,000 to $2,499
  • 9,513$2,500 to $2,999
  • 6,451$3,000 to $3,499
  • 4,064$3,500 or more
  • 3,539No cash rent

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 60,7882010 or later
  • 48,2732000 to 2009
  • 38,0681990 to 1999
  • 45,1661980 to 1989
  • 17,7501970 to 1979
  • 15,250Before 1970
Note: State values scaled to Boston population
Boston commuting: travel time to work

Travel time to work (commute)

  • Less than 5 minutes: 7,334
  • 5 to 9 minutes: 20,275
  • 10 to 14 minutes: 29,193
  • 15 to 19 minutes: 39,144
  • 20 to 24 minutes: 48,324
  • 25 to 29 minutes: 23,674
  • 30 to 34 minutes: 71,509
  • 35 to 39 minutes: 13,825
  • 40 to 44 minutes: 20,277
  • 45 to 59 minutes: 39,830
  • 60 to 89 minutes: 29,260
  • 90 or more minutes: 8,236
Boston, MA Time Leaving Home for Work

Percentage of workers working in this county: 71.7%
Number of people working at home: 11,317 (3.1% of all workers)

Boston mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work

  • Drove a car alone: 274,937 (42%)
  • Carpooled: 43,056 (7%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 70,812 (11%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 5,719 (1%)
  • Subway or elevated: 125,753 (19%)
  • Railroad: 53,658 (8%)
  • Ferryboat: 2,205 (0%)
  • Taxi: 11,693 (2%)
  • Bicycle: 11,026 (2%)
  • Walked: 51,473 (8%)
  • Worked at home: 11,317 (2%)

First ancestries reported:

 Irish: 38,848
 Haitian: 22,641
 Italian: 19,469
 Cape Verdean: 13,935
 Jamaican: 10,477
 American: 7,642
 European: 5,170
 German: 5,126
 African: 4,992
 English: 4,495
 Russian: 2,888
 Polish: 2,872
 West Indian: 2,772
 Brazilian: 2,764
 Greek: 2,719
 Trinidadian and Tobagonian: 2,631
 French Canadian: 2,236
 Scottish: 2,216
 Albanian: 2,076
 Portuguese: 1,969
 Somali: 1,935
 Ukrainian: 1,893
 Iranian: 1,586
 Eastern European: 1,497
 Barbadian: 1,484
 French (except Basque): 1,389
 British: 1,002
 British West Indian: 990
 Armenian: 928
 Ethiopian: 928
 Arab: 903
 Nigerian: 879
 Scotch-Irish: 875
 Lithuanian: 841
 Moroccan: 669
 Canadian: 659
 Egyptian: 648
 Hungarian: 620
 Liberian: 613
 Lebanese: 577
 Turkish: 568
 Swedish: 566
 Romanian: 525
 Dutch: 454
 Scandinavian: 400
 Bulgarian: 397
 Israeli: 390
 Czech: 371
 Iraqi: 366
 Croatian: 349
 Kenyan: 344
 Jordanian: 304
 Dutch West Indian: 275
 Yugoslavian: 274
 Welsh: 232
 Bahamian: 229
 Northern European: 223
 Syrian: 214
 Austrian: 206
 Norwegian: 189
 Guyanese: 186
 Danish: 160
 Slavic: 128
 Celtic: 107
 Australian: 104
 Ghanaian: 103
 Swiss: 96
 Maltese: 95
 Latvian: 86
 Slovak: 77
 Estonian: 67
 Finnish: 54
 Senegalese: 47
 South African: 34
 Assyrian/Chaldean/Syriac: 24

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

  • 10%China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan
  • 9%Dominican Republic
  • 9%Haiti
  • 6%El Salvador
  • 5%Cabo Verde
  • 5%Jamaica
  • 5%Vietnam

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

  • This state: 281,902
  • Other state: 169,016
  • Northeast: 86,392
  • Midwest: 21,423
  • South: 39,321
  • West: 21,880

78% of Boston residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 36% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 49% lived in Massachusetts.

Boston:

78.3%
State average:

87.0%

Education attainment for males 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 3,919
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 2,173
  • 5th and 6th grade: 3,897
  • 7th and 8th grade: 4,923
  • 9th grade: 3,586
  • 10th grade: 3,551
  • 11th grade: 3,154
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 4,272
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 46,843
  • Less than 1 year of college: 6,345
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 22,122
  • Associate degree: 9,124
  • Bachelor's degree: 63,184
  • Master's degree: 26,018
  • Professional school degree: 9,618
  • Doctorate degree: 8,229

Educational Attainment for Males (%)

Education attainment for females 25 years and older:

  • No schooling: 5,234
  • Nursery to 4th grade: 3,302
  • 5th and 6th grade: 4,765
  • 7th and 8th grade: 5,423
  • 9th grade: 4,668
  • 10th grade: 3,399
  • 11th grade: 3,432
  • 12th grade, no diploma: 4,165
  • High school graduate (or equivalency): 48,321
  • Less than 1 year of college: 6,420
  • Some college more than 1 year, no degree: 22,845
  • Associate degree: 13,243
  • Bachelor's degree: 62,980
  • Master's degree: 37,105
  • Professional school degree: 11,758
  • Doctorate degree: 5,319

Educational Attainment for Females (%)

Class of Workers in 2016 (%)

  • Unemployment by race in 2016
  • Unemployment rate for White non-Hispanic residents
  • 6.2%Males
  • 3.7%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Black residents
  • 13.4%Males
  • 11.5%Females
  • Unemployment rate for American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • 17.5%Males
  • 2.6%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Asian residents
  • 5.8%Males
  • 7.9%Females
  • Unemployment rate for other race residents
  • 12.4%Males
  • 9.6%Females
  • Unemployment rate for two or more race residents
  • 3.2%Males
  • 5.1%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino residents
  • 9.1%Males
  • 11.4%Females
Boston marital status for males
Boston marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 34,386
  • One, attached: 16,570
  • Two: 37,777
  • 3 or 4: 71,932
  • 5 to 9: 31,998
  • 10 to 19: 22,858
  • 20 to 49: 26,283
  • 50 or more: 46,301
  • Mobile homes: 583
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 28

Median worth of mobile homes: $46,569

Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities in 2016: 0.8%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities in 2016: 1.2%

House/condo owner moved in on average 11 years ago

Renter moved in on average 3 years ago

Year Householders Moved Into Residence in Boston:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Boston
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (68.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (15.1%)
  • Electricity (13.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.1%)
  • No fuel used (0.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.3%)
  • Wood (0.2%)
  • Utility gas (51.3%)
  • Electricity (35.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (7.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.5%)
  • No fuel used (1.7%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 6,589
Here:

14.4%
Massachusetts:

9.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 2,285
Here:

9.2%
Massachusetts:

10.7%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 52,783
Here:

73.7%
Massachusetts:

46.8%

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 (Noninstitutionalized)