Information About Boston

The total estimated population is 359,585. Density is very high at 14,927 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 178,912; Black: 100,231; Asian: 30,249; Two or More Races: 16,946; American Indian: 1,589; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 230; Other Race: 31,428; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 55,134 (15%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 304,451 (85%)

There are 92,585 foreign born residents, of which 34.6% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Vietnam: 8,631; Dominican Republic: 7,330; China (not including Hong Kong or Taiwan): 6,714; Haiti: 6,538; El Salvador: 5,103; Colombia: 3,906; Jamaica: 3,895; U.S. Born: This State: 167,410; Northeast: 42,406; South: 25,795; Midwest: 11,694; West: 7,030;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Boston Most Common US Birthplaces in Boston

The sex distribution is 49% male and 51% female. The median age is 35 years.

Age Distribution

There are 15,252 married couples with children and 17,706 single-parent households (2,186 men, 15,520 women).

The median household income is $43,443 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Massachusetts: $50,502; Boston: $43,443;

22% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Massachusetts: 9%; Boston: 22%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 116,998; Government: 20,959; Self-employed: 6,916; Unpaid family work: 215; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 67,983; Sales and office: 43,899; Professional and related: 40,963; Service: 31,863; Office and administrative support: 27,662; Management, business, and financial operations: 27,020;

Work Types in Boston Common Occupations in Boston

The average commute time is 29 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 56,020; Public transportation: 54,710; Walked: 30,940; Car or truck (carpooled): 14,475; Worked at home: 3,727; Bicycle: 1,571; Motorcycle: 80;

Transportation to work methods in Boston

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Boston.

There are 155,065 housing units, of which 16,414 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 39,660; Renter: 106,009; Vacant: 9,396; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 28,315; Not Mortgaged: 11,345;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Boston

The median single family home value is $282,986.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Massachusetts: $1,353; Boston: $1,384;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Massachusetts: $605; Boston: $869;

The average household size is 2 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 3.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 89,756; 1940 to 1949: 12,576; 1950 to 1959: 11,745; 1960 to 1969: 13,967; 1970 to 1979: 12,250; 1980 to 1989: 8,963; 1990 to 1994: 2,835; 1995 to 1998: 2,072; 1999 to March 2000: 901;

1.3% of homes lack plumbing and 1.9% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Utility Gas: 66,995; Electricity: 37,528; Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.: 33,609; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 4,099;

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