Also See: Boston, MA ZIP Codes & ZIP Code Maps
The City of Boston is the largest city in Massachusetts with a population of 692,769 as of July 1, 2021. 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 42.3584 and longitude -71.0598 in Suffolk County. The formal boundaries for the City of Boston 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 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.
Alternate Unofficial Names for Boston: Baston, Mushauwomuk, Old Boston, Shawmut, Shawmutt, Shawnnut, Totant, Tramount, Tremont, Trimountain, Trimountaine, Wahstoronòn:ke, Wastok.
|Total Population||692,769 (100%)|
|Population in Households||642,886 (92.8%)|
|Population in Families||396,604 (57.2%)|
|Population in Group Quarters1||49,883 ( 7.2%)|
|Median Household Income||$79,204|
|Average Household Income||$116,987|
|% of Income for Mortgage4||34%|
|Per Capita Income||$48,066|
|Total HU (Housing Units)||302,414 (100%)|
|Owner Occupied HU||100,549 (33.2%)|
|Renter Occupied HU||181,758 (60.1%)|
|Vacant Housing Units||20,107 ( 6.6%)|
|Median Home Value||$642,677|
|Average Home Value||$788,582|
|Housing Affordability Index3||72|
|Average Household Size||2.28|
|Average Family Size||3|
GROWTH RATE / YEAR
|Median Household Income||2.97%|
|Per Capita Income||2.63%|
|Owner Occupied HU||1.24%|
The table below compares Boston to the other 245 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Massachusetts by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 Density||# 4||99th|
|Median Household Income||# 137||44th|
|Housing Affordability Index||# 28||11th|
|Per Capita Income||# 93||62nd|
|Diversity Index||# 7||98th|
Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Massachusetts Census Data Comparison Tool.