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Boston, Massachusetts Age and Sex of Residents
Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $381,700 (it was $210,100 in 2000)
Boston:

$381,700
Massachusetts:

$327,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $276,300 - $559,100

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $402,463
Here:

$402,463
State:

$401,982

Townhouses or other attached units: $804,212
Here:

$804,212
State:

$361,981

In 2-unit structures: $381,568
Here:

$381,568
State:

$330,410

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $422,160
Here:

$422,160
State:

$354,453

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $608,953
Here:

$608,953
State:

$330,502

Mobile homes: $102,521
Here:

$102,521
State:

$78,438
Median year house/condo built: 1939

Median year apartment built: 1941

Household type by relationship:

Households: 554,018

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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Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

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

  • 966no bedroom
  • 10,1471 bedroom
  • 23,5782 bedrooms
  • 24,9233 bedrooms
  • 10,2514 bedrooms
  • 7,3445+ bedrooms

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • 19,150no bedroom
  • 56,7581 bedroom
  • 52,6492 bedrooms
  • 26,1863 bedrooms
  • 6,1574 bedrooms
  • 1,4195+ bedrooms
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

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

  • 11,210no vehicle
  • 38,8121 vehicle
  • 21,8922 vehicles
  • 4,0653 vehicles
  • 7914 vehicles
  • 4395+ vehicles

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

  • 72,398no vehicle
  • 67,4571 vehicle
  • 18,2232 vehicles
  • 2,8393 vehicles
  • 7394 vehicles
  • 6635+ vehicles
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • 7481 room
  • 2,8362 rooms
  • 6,9753 rooms
  • 10,3604 rooms
  • 15,0265 rooms
  • 15,6036 rooms
  • 9,3457 rooms
  • 5,9238 rooms
  • 10,3939+ rooms

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Boston, Massachusetts:

  • 16,4211 room
  • 25,1382 rooms
  • 36,0413 rooms
  • 32,5964 rooms
  • 30,6595 rooms
  • 14,3876 rooms
  • 4,1317 rooms
  • 1,5008 rooms
  • 1,4469+ rooms

Year house built

Median 2013 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
  • 37,230Less than $10,000
  • 15,764$10,000 to $14,999
  • 13,377$15,000 to $19,999
  • 13,899$20,000 to $24,999
  • 14,316$25,000 to $29,999
  • 13,180$30,000 to $34,999
  • 12,881$35,000 to $39,999
  • 12,721$40,000 to $44,999
  • 10,326$45,000 to $49,999
  • 18,776$50,000 to $59,999
  • 22,720$60,000 to $74,999
  • 23,784$75,000 to $99,999
  • 12,369$100,000 to $124,999
  • 6,127$125,000 to $149,999
  • 5,491$150,000 to $199,999
  • 6,642$200,000 or more
  • Home value of owner-occupied houses in 2013 in Boston, MA

  • Home value of owner-occupied houses in 2013 in Boston, MA
  • 2,169Less than $10,000
  • 229$10,000 to $14,999
  • 128$15,000 to $19,999
  • 72$20,000 to $24,999
  • 28$25,000 to $29,999
  • 81$50,000 to $59,999
  • 99$60,000 to $69,999
  • 46$70,000 to $79,999
  • 164$90,000 to $99,999
  • 1,420$100,000 to $124,999
  • 1,098$125,000 to $149,999
  • 2,052$150,000 to $174,999
  • 2,027$175,000 to $199,999
  • 6,493$200,000 to $249,999
  • 9,647$250,000 to $299,999
  • 20,317$300,000 to $399,999
  • 13,878$400,000 to $499,999
  • 15,115$500,000 to $749,999
  • 3,791$750,000 to $999,999
  • 5,843$1,000,000 or more
  • Rent paid by renters in 2013 in Boston, MA

  • Rent paid by renters in 2013 in Boston, MA
  • 3,049Less than $100
  • 3,035$100 to $149
  • 2,945$150 to $199
  • 7,741$200 to $249
  • 4,093$250 to $299
  • 5,038$300 to $349
  • 2,610$350 to $399
  • 2,727$400 to $449
  • 2,297$450 to $499
  • 3,698$500 to $549
  • 2,202$550 to $599
  • 3,565$600 to $649
  • 2,689$650 to $699
  • 2,120$700 to $749
  • 2,903$750 to $799
  • 8,041$800 to $899
  • 6,978$900 to $999
  • 26,407$1,000 to $1,249
  • 20,575$1,250 to $1,499
  • 27,955$1,500 to $1,999
  • 23,243$2,000 or more
  • 3,149No cash rent

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 42,6961995 to March 2000
  • 30,9741990 to 1994
  • 25,6041985 to 1989
  • 19,5621980 to 1984
  • 9,6461975 to 1979
  • 8,1041970 to 1974
  • 5,7441965 to 1969
  • 9,506Before 1965
Boston commuting: travel time to work

Travel time to work (commute)

  • Less than 5 minutes: 5,125
  • 5 to 9 minutes: 16,870
  • 10 to 14 minutes: 25,955
  • 15 to 19 minutes: 36,189
  • 20 to 24 minutes: 41,676
  • 25 to 29 minutes: 16,415
  • 30 to 34 minutes: 54,859
  • 35 to 39 minutes: 9,732
  • 40 to 44 minutes: 13,270
  • 45 to 59 minutes: 29,114
  • 60 to 89 minutes: 16,776
  • 90 or more minutes: 5,889
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 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%)

First ancestries reported:

 Other groups: 189,953
 Irish: 76,652
 Italian: 40,716
 West Indian (excluding Hispanic groups):: 36,293
 Subsaharan African:: 20,752
 United States or American: 19,387
 Haitian: 18,790
 English: 15,528
 German: 13,855
 Cape Verdean: 10,878
 Polish: 9,176
 Russian: 8,124
 Jamaican: 7,804
 French (except Basque): 5,938
 African: 5,806
 Arab:: 4,958
 French Canadian: 4,811
 Scottish: 4,777
 Greek: 4,693
 Scotch-Irish: 3,965
 Brazilian: 3,470
 Portuguese: 3,225
 Trinidadian and Tobagonian: 3,072
 West Indian: 2,860
 European: 2,479
 Swedish: 2,457
 Lebanese: 2,354
 Barbadian: 2,053
 Canadian: 2,045
 British: 1,945
 Lithuanian: 1,855
 Ukrainian: 1,764
 Nigerian: 1,696
 Norwegian: 1,501
 Dutch: 1,471
 Eastern European: 1,384
 Albanian: 1,339
 British West Indian: 1,309
 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 (%):

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

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

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 by race in 2000
  • Unemployment rate for White non-Hispanic residents
  • 5.6%Males
  • 4.5%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Black residents
  • 12.8%Males
  • 9.5%Females
  • Unemployment rate for American Indian and Alaska Native residents
  • 9.4%Males
  • 7.0%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Asian residents
  • 6.9%Males
  • 8.1%Females
  • Unemployment rate for other race residents
  • 11.6%Males
  • 10.6%Females
  • Unemployment rate for two or more race residents
  • 7.7%Males
  • 8.8%Females
  • Unemployment rate for Hispanic or Latino residents
  • 11.6%Males
  • 11.4%Females
Boston marital status for males
Boston marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

Median worth of mobile homes: $150,200

Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

House/condo owner moved in on average 11 years ago

Renter moved in on average 2 years ago

Year Householders Moved Into Residence in Boston:

Houses and condos Apartments

Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos:

  • 53.2%Utility gas
  • 33.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 11.4%Electricity
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas

Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments:

  • 45.7%Utility gas
  • 25.6%Electricity
  • 23.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.3%Other fuel
  • 1.2%No fuel used

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 (Noninstitutionalized)