Boston 2010 Census: Facts & Figures
“I am proud to see Boston’s population continue to grow,” Mayor Menino said. “Our City continues to be a vibrant and attractive place live, work and raise a family. As we continue to innovate and bring new jobs to our City and work to provide opportunities for families, I am confident Boston will continue to grow and thrive.”
- The City of Boston’s population is 617,594 residents, a 4.8% increase over the 2000 census or 28,453 people.
- Comparatively, Boston’s population grew by 14,858 between 1990 and 2000, or 2.6%.
- This marks the first time since the 1970s that Boston’s population exceeded 600,000.
- Boston continues to be a majority minority city with 53% of the population non-white or Hispanic and 47% white non-Hispanic. In 2000 Boston’s majority status was 51% to 49%.
- Of the largest Northeastern cities for which data were released, Boston grew the most since 2000.
More Facts about Boston’s Performance during the Decade:
- Since 2000 Boston issued permits for 19,070 units of housing 5,468 of which are affordable.
- Since 2000 Boston added 29 dormitories and nearly 11,000 dormitory beds, an increase of 39%.
- During the decade Boston completed 11 non-residential higher-education projects with a total of 655,400 square feet of building space.
- Boston added 9.8 million square feet of office space to its stock.
- Boston has built 4,970 hotel rooms (35%) with the addition of world class hotels such as The Mandarin, Westin Waterfront, Renaissance Hotel, The Liberty Hotel and the Intercontinental.
- University student enrollment in the city grew by 16,559 students or 12.3% compared to 2000.
- During the decade, Boston received $16.6 billion in National Institute of Health (NIH) grants.
More Numbers to Come…..
February & March: The US Census Bureau is releasing Redistricting Data. These data are geared towards helping states redraw Congressional Districts including: Total population, Total population over the age of 18, Racial distribution, Hispanic origin. & Housing units and vacancy rate.
June through August: The census will release more local data including: More detailed racial categories, age, gender & household characteristics.
More info: All other population characteristics will be available as a sample average by the American Community Survey including: Educational attainment, Income, Nativity, Ancestry & Labor force participation.
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