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Boston, MA

Boston is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress
679,413
Boston Population7
$
59,321
Median Income6
7.4
%
Unemployment Rate17
 

City Score

 

Population

Boston's 25 to 34 year old population grew by 33% since 2010, making it one of the fastest growing cities for that segment in the United States where the average growth rate is 11%

Age

32.0
Median Age7
12.7
%
Population Growth Since 20107

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average7

 

Race and Ethnicity

Boston residents are predominantly white; however, the city is slowly becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 6.9% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 2.5%

Race

72.2
%
Massachusetts Population, White7
61.1
%
United States population, White7

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity7

 

Climate

Boston has strong winds, cold winters, and few hot days. The city sees 12 mph winds, 29°F in January, and temperatures that reach 90°F or above only 13 days per year

Weather

35
%
Chance of Rain11
58
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature40

 

Housing

The average home value in Boston increased by 74% since 2010 which is 31% higher than the national average and 38% higher than the state average

Rent

$
2,950
Monthly Average12
65
%
Renters41

Average Home Value5

 

Taxes

Boston is a high tax location with sales tax near the national average, but income tax 32% higher than the national average and property tax 10% higher than the national average.

Other

1.23
%
Property Tax21
6.25
%
Sales Tax20
2.25
%
Vehicle Tax21

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)42

 

Employment

Boston has a low employment rate of 93% which is 1% lower than the national average. The largest employers are General Electric and Liberty Mutual

Income

10.5
%
<$25,0006
21.9
%
$100,000+6

Distribution by Industry17

 

Politics

Boston is strongly liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results43

Representatives

Mayor28 Martin Walsh
Democratic
House of Representative28 Stephen Lynch
Democratic
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, is 2.2 miles from the center of Boston, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, VA Boston Healthcare System - Jamaica Plain Division, is 0.0 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, is 0.5 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical29 Yes
Decriminalized29 Yes
 

Safety

In Massachusetts, 9.0% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a significant decrease from 2000 when 12.6% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks30
Yes
Permit to Purchase Law30

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Recognition

#52 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche31
#40 2020 Best Cities to Retire by U.S. News & World Report32
#16 2020 Best Cities for Families by U.S. News & World Report33
#46 2020 Best Cities for Families by Niche34
#27 2019 Best Cities to Live by U.S. News & World Report35
#19 2019 Best Cities for Healthcare by healthgrades36
 

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