Boston is the common name for the community and surrounding area while the formal official name is the City of Boston.
The formal boundaries for the City of Boston (see map) encompass a land area of 48.28 sq. miles and a water area of 41.36 sq. miles.
Alternate Unofficial Names for Boston: Baston, Mushauwomuk, Old Boston, Shawmut, Shawmutt, Shawnnut, Totant, Tramount, Tremont, Trimountain, Trimountaine, Wahstoronòn:ke, Wastok.Photos of the local Boston, MA area
Also See: Boston, MA ZIP Codes and ZIP Code Maps
The table below compares Boston to the other 244 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.
|Total Population||# 1||100th|
|Population Density1||# 4||99th|
|Diversity Index2||# 6||98th|
|Median Household Income||# 179||27th|
|Per Capita Income||# 143||42nd|
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|Population in Households||586,588|
|Population in Familes||364,953|
|Population in Group Qrtrs||47,770|
|Average Household Size||2.25|
|Average Family Size||3|
|Total Housing Units||282,004 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||89,024 (31.6%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||171,908 (61.0%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||21,072 ( 7.5%)|
|Median Home Value||$430,029|
|Average Home Value||$509,660|
|Median Household Income||$52,929|
|Average Household Income||$78,560|
|Per Capita Income||$32,761|
|(Compound Annual Growth Rates)|
|Median Household Income||2.85%|
|Per Capita Income||3.36%|
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