• Population
    4,521,737
  • Population Density
    1,002 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    4,512 sq.mi.
The Boston metro area is centered in Massachusetts and has 4,521,737 residents. It has very high home values, high rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and high income levels.
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Cities

Name Population
Boston 609,942
Lowell 105,860
Cambridge 104,322
Brockton 93,916
Quincy 91,484
Lynn 90,006
Newton 84,583
Lawrence 75,761
Somerville 75,566
Framingham 67,844
Haverhill 60,544
Waltham 60,209
Malden 58,821
Brookline 58,371
Medford 55,843
Weymouth Town 53,565
Revere 50,845
Peabody 50,824
Methuen Town 46,785
Arlington 42,570
Salem 41,163
Everett 41,079
Beverly 39,455
Marlborough 38,087
Woburn 37,831
Braintree Town 35,409
Chelsea 34,872
Randolph 31,867
Watertown Town 31,792
Franklin Town 31,317
Lexington 31,129
Dover 29,875
Rochester 29,834
Gloucester 28,869
Needham 28,786
Norwood 28,483
Wellesley 27,818
Melrose 26,864
Milton 26,828
Saugus 26,516
Danvers 26,303
Wakefield 24,794
Belmont 24,548
Dedham 24,521
Reading 24,504
Burlington 24,207
Derry 22,220
Wilmington 22,116
Stoneham 21,413
Winchester 21,205
Portsmouth 20,899
Marblehead 19,811
Winthrop Town 17,430
Newburyport 17,370
Amesbury Town 16,267
Abington 15,841
Hudson 14,797
Swampscott 13,826
Somersworth 11,830
Lynnfield 11,548
Londonderry 10,934
Holbrook 10,749
Hull 10,391
Maynard 10,083
Exeter 9,643
Hampton 8,871
Durham 8,863
Andover 8,799
Bridgewater 7,724
Pinehurst 7,289
Plymouth 6,900
Medfield 6,394
Cochituate 6,384
West Concord 6,134
Walpole 6,119
Hingham 5,856
Kingston 5,695
Sharon 5,532
North Scituate 5,394
Foxborough 5,206
Scituate 5,201
Newmarket 5,018
Rockport 4,952
Salisbury 4,735
Bellingham 4,580
Marshfield 4,501
Ipswich 3,951
North Plymouth 3,740
Farmington 3,570
South Duxbury 3,435
Nahant 3,420
Wareham Center 3,122
North Pembroke 3,090
Littleton Common 2,907
Raymond 2,836
Topsfield 2,788
Hampton Beach 2,616
Ayer 2,573
Marshfield Hills 2,485
Boxford 2,406

Nearby Metro Areas

Name Population
Manchester Metro Area 400,243
Worcester Metro Area 794,981
Portland (ME) Metro Area 514,147
Providence Metro Area 1,601,264
Hartford Metro Area 1,207,636
New Haven Metro Area 858,759
Albany Metro Area 868,231
Burlington Metro Area 210,409
New York City Metro Area 18,796,078
Trenton Metro Area 365,318

Comparable Metro Areas

Name Population Distance
New York City Metro Area 18,796,078 231 mi.
Philadelphia Metro Area 5,938,918 295 mi.
Chicago Metro Area 9,425,706 863 mi.
San Francisco Metro Area 4,292,964 2,680 mi.
Washington, D.C. Metro Area 5,503,801 424 mi.

ZIP Codes

Name Population
02301 60,850
02148 58,826
02155 58,211
02360 55,865
02169 53,270
02151 50,845
01960 50,674
02124 48,384
01841 47,741
01844 46,687
01902 44,991
02128 41,128
02149 41,074
01970 41,051
02135 40,493
01915 39,455
01801 38,252
01752 38,087
01702 36,996
03103 36,649
02139 35,994
02184 35,409
02130 35,323
02150 34,872
02138 34,301
03038 33,689
02302 33,066
01810 32,945
01852 32,664
01760 32,559
02368 32,089
02472 32,025
02127 31,954
02125 31,503
02038 31,317
02131 30,914
01701 30,895
01821 30,168
03820 29,907
01851 29,726
02115 29,413
02453 29,229
01826 29,213
02136 29,082
03079 28,893
01930 28,869
02446 28,601
02062 28,483
01876 28,395
01845 28,156
01854 27,336
02118 27,113
02072 27,008
02176 26,864
02186 26,828
02132 26,813
02126 26,719
01906 26,516
02324 26,508
02474 26,433
01923 26,265
02050 25,360
01830 25,062
02121 24,972
01824 24,934
02122 24,761
01880 24,699
02143 24,652
02026 24,521
02478 24,473
02144 24,338
02119 24,166
01867 24,083
01905 24,071
02145 24,061
01803 23,998
02215 23,933
03053 23,909
01843 23,686
02346 22,807
01887 22,116
02467 21,952
01832 21,934
02043 21,916
01886 21,716
03801 21,598
02180 21,413
02021 21,408
01890 21,205
02445 21,110
01720 20,897
03833 20,823
02116 20,689
03867 20,295
02134 20,183
02492 19,901
02170 19,889
01945 19,811
01904 19,076
01749 18,845

School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
2.33 Boston Public Schools 135
1.33 Lawrence Public Schools 28
1.66 Lynn Public Schools 24
2.33 Brockton Public Schools 22
4.33 Newton Public Schools 22
2.66 Lowell Public Schools 23
2.66 Quincy Public Schools 18
2.00 Haverhill Public Schools 15
2.66 Plymouth Public Schools 13
4.00 Cambridge Public Schools 13
3.00 Framingham Public Schools 13
2.33 Weymouth Public Schools 12
2.66 Revere Public Schools 11
3.00 Somerville Public Schools 11
4.00 Franklin Public Schools 11
2.66 Woburn Public Schools 11
2.33 Salem Public Schools 10
2.66 Peabody Public Schools 10
4.00 Arlington Public Schools 10
4.33 Westford Public Schools 10
4.33 Andover Public Schools 10
4.33 Brookline Public Schools 10
1.66 Chelsea Public Schools 9
2.66 Medford Public Schools 9
4.33 Lexington Public Schools 9
4.33 Wellesley Public Schools 9
2.66 North Middlesex Public Schools 9
3.00 Waltham Public Schools 9
3.66 Braintree Public Schools 9
2.33 Billerica Public Schools 9
3.33 Walpole Public Schools 8
2.66 Tewksbury Public Schools 8
3.00 Norwood Public Schools 8
3.33 Melrose Public Schools 8
4.00 Natick Public Schools 8
2.66 Stoughton Public Schools 8
4.33 Westwood Public Schools 8
2.00 Wareham Public Schools 8
3.00 Wilmington Public Schools 8
2.66 Gloucester Public Schools 8
4.00 Reading Public Schools 8
4.33 Marblehead Public Schools 8
4.33 Needham Public Schools 8
4.00 Chelmsford Public Schools 8
3.66 Marshfield Public Schools 7
3.00 Malden Public Schools 7
3.00 Beverly Public Schools 7
4.00 Nashoba Public Schools 7
3.66 North Andover Public Schools 7
2.33 Whitman-Hanson Regional School District 7
2.33 Dracut Public Schools 7
2.33 Saugus Public Schools 7
2.33 Bellingham Public Schools 7
2.33 Everett Public Schools 7
3.33 Dedham Public Schools 7
2.66 Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District 7
3.00 Danvers Public Schools 7
4.33 Winchester Public Schools 7
3.33 Burlington Public Schools 6
3.00 Marlborough Public Schools 6
4.00 Milton Public Schools 6
3.33 Wakefield Public Schools 6
3.66 Canton Public Schools 6
3.33 Stoneham Public Schools 6
4.33 Hingham Public Schools 6
3.00 Hudson Public Schools 6
4.33 Hopkinton Public Schools 6
4.33 Belmont Public Schools 6
2.00 Randolph Public Schools 6
3.33 Pentucket Public Schools 6
2.00 Methuen Public Schools 6
4.33 Scituate Public Schools 6
4.00 Groton-Dunstable Regional School District 5
4.33 Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District 5
3.33 Watertown Public Schools 5
3.66 Foxborough Public Schools 5
4.00 Ashland Public Schools 5
4.00 Swampscott Public Schools 5
3.66 Pembroke Public Schools 5
4.00 Lynnfield Public Schools 5
2.66 Rockland Public Schools 5
2.66 Abington Public Schools 5
4.33 Medfield Public Schools 5
4.33 Weston Public Schools 5
3.00 Triton Public Schools 5
4.33 Sharon Public Schools 5
3.66 Hanover Public Schools 5
Sudbury Public Schools 5
4.00 Medway Public Schools 5
3.66 Newburyport Public Schools 5
4.33 Wayland Public Schools 5
2.33 Middleborough Public Schools 6
Acton Public Schools 5
4.00 North Reading Public Schools 5
3.33 West Bridgewater Public Schools 4
3.33 Amesbury Public Schools 4
2.66 Winthrop Public Schools 4
4.00 Duxbury Public Schools 4
Concord Public Schools 4
4.00 Bedford Public Schools 4

Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
2.66 Brockton High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Lowell High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 Pinkerton Academy Public 9-12 High
4.33 Boston Latin School Public 7-12 Middle, High
3.33 Framingham High School Public 9-12 High
2.33 Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School Public 9-12 High
2.33 Weymouth High School Public 9-12 High
2.00 Greater Lowell Technical High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Lexington High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Peabody Veterans Memorial High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Newton North High School Public 9-12 High
3.66 Andover High School Public 9-12 High
2.00 Methuen High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 Malden High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Brookline High School Public PK, 9-12 Pre-K, High
2.66 Lynn English High School Public 9-12 High
2.33 Haverhill High School Public 9-12 High
3.00 Londonderry Senior High School Public 9-12 High
3.66 Boston Latin Academy Public 7-12 Middle, High
2.00 Everett High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Newton South High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 Salem High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Exeter High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Westford Academy Public 9-12 High
3.66 Franklin High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Public 9-12 High
3.66 Boston College High School Private, Religious, All-Boys 7-12 Middle, High
2.66 Bridgewater-Raynham Regional Public 9-12 High
2.66 Billerica Memorial High School Public PK, 9-12 Pre-K, High
3.66 Braintree High School Public PK, 9-12 Pre-K, High
3.66 Chelmsford High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Public 9-12 High
2.33 Dover Senior High School Public 9-12 High
2.00 Spaulding High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Revere High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 Marlborough High School Public 8-12 Middle, High
2.66 Quincy High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Timberlane Regional High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Needham High School Public 9-12 High
3.00 Plymouth South High School Public 9-12 High
2.00 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School Public 4-7 Middle
2.00 Classical High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School Public 9-12 High
2.00 J. Henry Higgins Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
1.33 Donald P. Timony Grammar Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
2.00 East Boston High School Public 9-12 High
1.33 Tenney Grammar School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
3.00 Waltham Senior High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 Marshfield High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 North Quincy High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Woburn High School Public 9-12 High
2.00 Chelsea High School Public 9-12 High
3.66 Cooperative Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
3.00 Somerville High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Central Catholic High School Private, Religious 9-12 High
4.00 Masconomet Regional High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Reading Memorial High School Public PK, 9-12 Pre-K, High
1.66 Marsh Grammar School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
3.00 Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Public 9-12 High
3.66 Silver Lake Regional High School Public PK, 9-12 Pre-K, High
4.00 Natick High School Public 9-12 High
3.66 King Philip Regional High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Wellesley Senior High School Public 9-12 High
2.00 Madison Park High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 North Andover High School Public 9-12 High
2.00 Northeast Metro Tech Public 9-12 High
1.66 Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School Public 9-12 High
3.66 St. John's Preparatory School Private, Religious, All-Boys 9-12 High
2.66 Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School Public 9-12 High
3.00 Winnacunnet High School Public 9-12 High
2.66 Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School Public 9-12 High
3.66 Hudson High School Public PK, 8-12 Pre-K, Middle, High
3.66 O'Bryant School of Math & Science Public 7-12 Middle, High
3.00 Beverly High School Public 9-12 High
3.00 Salem High School Public 9-12 High
2.00 Brighton High School Public 9-12 High
2.00 Greater Lawrence Technical School Public 9-12 High
2.33 Whitman Hanson Regional High School Public 9-12 High
1.00 Salemwood School Public K-8 Elementary, Middle
2.66 Medford High School Public PK, 9-12 Pre-K, High
4.33 Concord Carlisle High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Winthrop L. Chenery Middle School Public 5-8 Middle
4.00 Arlington High School Public 9-12 High
1.66 Comprehensive Grammar School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
4.33 Sharon High School Public 9-12 High
3.33 Foxborough Regional Charter School Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
1.66 Londonderry Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
1.00 Breed Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
2.33 Plymouth Community Intermediate School Public 6-8 Middle
3.33 Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Wellesley Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.00 Portsmouth High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Prospect Hill Academy Charter School Public, Charter K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
2.66 Dracut Senior High School Public 9-12 High
4.00 Burlington High School Public PK, 9-12 Pre-K, High
3.00 North Middlesex Regional High School Public 9-12 High
2.00 Woodbury School Public 6-8 Middle

Colleges

Name
Boston University
Community College of Rhode Island
Northeastern University
Bunker Hill Community College
University of New Hampshire
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
University of Massachusetts - Boston
Southern New Hampshire University
Boston College
Bridgewater State University
Middlesex Community College - Massachusetts
Johnson & Wales University
Bristol Community College
Quinsigamond Community College
Massasoit Community College
North Shore Community College
Salem State University
University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth
Rhode Island College
Northern Essex Community College
Harvard University
Brown University
Suffolk University
Massachusetts Bay Community College
Worcester State University
Tufts University
Keene State College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Quincy College
Framingham State University
Berklee College of Music
Roger Williams University
NHTI - Concord's Community College
Bentley University
Cape Cod Community College
Fitchburg State University
Providence College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Emerson College
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Brandeis University
Bryant University
Hesser College
College of the Holy Cross
Curry College
Manchester Community College - New Hampshire
New England Institute of Technology
Roxbury Community College
Endicott College
Stonehill College
Wellesley College
Merrimack College
Clark University
Assumption College
Nashua Community College
Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Great Bay Community College
Emmanuel College - Massachusetts
Quinebaug Valley Community College
Fisher College
Babson College
Lesley University
Rhode Island School of Design
Saint Anselm College
Becker College
Simmons College
Franklin Pierce University
Granite State College
Bay State College
Lasell College
Wheaton College - Massachusetts
Gordon College
Rivier University
Mount Ida College
York County Community College
Eastern Nazarene College
Dean College
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Nichols College
Lakes Region Community College
Regis College
Universal Technical Institute - Boston
New England College
Cambridge College
The New England Institute of Art
Anna Maria College
Newbury College
New England College of Business & Finance
Wheelock College
University of New Hampshire at Manchester
Salter College - West Boylston
Sullivan & Cogliano Training Center
Laboure College
Sanford-Brown Institute - Cranston
Daniel Webster College
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Cambridge
New Hampshire Institute of Art
Lincoln Technical Institute - Lincoln
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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area Chicago Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
White 75.60% 64.16% 76.86% 49.32% 65.41% 55.31% 43.03% 48.99%
Hispanic 8.79% 16.05% 9.31% 22.57% 7.59% 20.35% 21.28% 13.46%
African American 6.75% 12.21% 6.10% 16.26% 20.20% 17.14% 8.11% 25.47%
Asian 6.39% 4.67% 5.27% 9.83% 4.85% 5.56% 22.99% 9.11%
Multiracial 1.56% 1.85% 1.59% 1.27% 1.55% 1.27% 3.24% 2.34%
Other 0.74% 0.21% 0.68% 0.56% 0.22% 0.20% 0.37% 0.35%
Native American 0.11% 0.66% 0.12% 0.13% 0.12% 0.10% 0.23% 0.20%
Pacific Islander 0.02% 0.15% 0.02% 0.02% 0.01% 0.02% 0.71% 0.04%

Age

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area Chicago Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
9 years and under 12% 13% 12% 12% 13% 14% 12% 13%
10 to 17 years 10% 11% 10% 11% 11% 12% 9% 11%
18 to 24 years 10% 10% 10% 9% 10% 9% 9% 9%
25 to 34 years 14% 13% 13% 14% 13% 14% 15% 15%
35 to 44 years 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 14% 15% 15%
45 to 54 years 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15%
55 to 64 years 12% 12% 12% 11% 12% 11% 12% 11%
65 and over 13% 13% 14% 13% 13% 11% 12% 10%

Education Levels

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area Chicago Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Less than a high school diploma 10% 15% 11% 16% 12% 14% 13% 10%
High school diploma or equivalent 25% 29% 26% 27% 31% 25% 18% 19%
Some college or associate degree 23% 29% 24% 22% 24% 27% 26% 23%
Bachelor's degree 24% 18% 22% 21% 20% 21% 27% 25%
Master's degree or higher 19% 10% 17% 15% 13% 13% 17% 22%

Gender

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area Chicago Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Male 48.4% 49.2% 48.4% 48.2% 48.2% 48.9% 49.3% 48.7%
Female 51.6% 50.8% 51.6% 51.8% 51.8% 51.1% 50.7% 51.3%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area Chicago Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Rent 37.3% 33.9% 36.4% 47.4% 30.7% 32.7% 44.5% 34.4%
Own 62.7% 66.1% 63.6% 52.6% 69.3% 67.3% 55.5% 65.6%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area Chicago Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Assault 450.4 280.9 287.4 371.3 541.9 453.1 369.5 537.5
Murder 8.0 5.6 1.9 4.9 20.4 18.5 12.5 13.9
Rape 37.6 29.2 24.6 13.9 56.2 NA 27.6 37.3
Robbery 269.5 150.7 102.8 238.5 495.3 497.6 495.5 589.1

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area Chicago Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Burglary 534.2 718.3 521.0 229.9 776.0 839.9 894.0 556.5
Larceny 2126.5 2276.2 1464.8 1402.7 2442.3 2684.9 2761.4 3510.2
Motor vehicle theft 234.2 275.5 143.6 97.8 398.5 627.7 924.4 561.3

Income

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