The City of Boston is the largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 648,251 as of July 1, 2016. Boston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Massachusetts. See peer rankings below.
The primary coordinate point for Boston is located at latitude 42.332 and longitude -71.0202 in Suffolk County. The formal boundaries for the City of Boston (see map below) encompass a land area of 48.37 sq. miles and a water area of 41.28 sq. miles. Suffolk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 46 feet.
The City of Boston (GNIS ID: 619463) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.
Beneath the boundary map are tables with Boston population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.
Alternate Unofficial Names for Boston: Baston, Mushauwomuk, Old Boston, Shawmut, Shawmutt, Shawnnut, Totant, Tramount, Tremont, Trimountain, Trimountaine, Wahstoronòn:ke, Wastok.
|Population in Households||600,409|
|Population in Familes||374,170|
|Population in Group Qrtrs||47,842|
|Average Household Size||2.28|
|Average Family Size||3|
|Total Housing Units||284,241 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||84,767 (29.8%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||178,128 (62.7%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||21,346 ( 7.5%)|
|Median Home Value||$417,040|
|Average Home Value||$488,873|
|Median Household Income||$54,085|
|Average Household Income||$85,606|
|Per Capita Income||$35,632|
|(Compound Annual Growth Rates)|
|Median Household Income||0.73%|
|Per Capita Income||1.49%|
The table below compares Boston to the other 246 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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||# 7||98th|
|Median Household Income||# 186||25th|
|Per Capita Income||# 139||44th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Massachusetts Census Data Comparison Tool.