Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Population
    4,521,737
  • Population Density
    1,002 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    4,512 sq.mi.
  • Primary City
    Boston, MA
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.

Cities

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 Boston 609,942
2.66 Lowell 105,860
4.33 Cambridge 104,322
2.33 Brockton 93,916
3.33 Quincy 91,484
2.33 Lynn 90,006
4.33 Newton 84,583
1.33 Lawrence 75,761
3.33 Somerville 75,566
3.66 Framingham 67,844
2.66 Haverhill 60,544
3.66 Waltham 60,209
3.00 Malden 58,821
4.33 Brookline 58,371
3.33 Medford 55,843
2.66 Weymouth Town 53,565
2.33 Revere 50,845
3.00 Peabody 50,824
3.00 Methuen Town 46,785
4.33 Arlington 42,570
3.00 Salem 41,163
2.33 Everett 41,079
3.33 Beverly 39,455
3.66 Marlborough 38,087
3.00 Woburn 37,831

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
4.33 Middlesex County 1,491,762
3.66 Essex County 739,505
3.00 Suffolk County 713,089
4.33 Norfolk County 666,426
3.33 Plymouth County 492,934
4.00 Rockingham County 295,162
3.00 Strafford County 122,859

Nearby Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 Manchester Metro Area 400,243
3.00 Worcester Metro Area 794,981
3.00 Portland (ME) Metro Area 514,147
2.00 Providence Metro Area 1,601,264
3.33 Hartford Metro Area 1,207,636

Comparable Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 New York City Metro Area 18,796,078
3.00 Philadelphia Metro Area 5,938,918
3.00 Chicago Metro Area 9,425,706
4.00 San Francisco Metro Area 4,292,964
4.33 Washington, D.C. Metro Area 5,503,801

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 Lexington Public Schools 9
4.33 Westwood Public Schools 8
4.33 Westford Public Schools 10
4.33 Weston Public Schools 5
4.33 Dover-Sherborn Regional School District 2
4.33 Brookline Public Schools 10
4.33 Wayland Public Schools 5
4.33 Acton-Boxborough Regional School District 2
4.33 Newton Public Schools 22
4.33 Wellesley Public Schools 9
4.33 Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District 1
4.33 Hopkinton Public Schools 6
4.33 Belmont Public Schools 6
4.33 Northboro-Southboro Regional School District 1
4.33 Sharon Public Schools 5
4.33 Bedford Public Schools 4
4.33 Cambridge Public Schools 13
4.33 Concord-Carlisle Regional School District 1
4.33 Westborough Public Schools 6
4.33 Manchester Essex Regional School District 4
4.33 Medfield Public Schools 5
4.33 Harvard Public Schools 2
4.33 Duxbury Public Schools 4
4.33 Hingham Public Schools 6
4.33 Oyster River Cooperative School District 4

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Joseph Estabrook Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 William Diamond Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Jonas Clarke Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Harrington Elementary School Public PK, K-5 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Maria Hastings Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Bridge Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Bowman Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Weston Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Woodland Elementary School Public PK, K-3 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Heath School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
4.33 Dover-Sherborn Regional High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Dover-Sherborn Regional Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Baker School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
4.33 Downey Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Westwood High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Fiske Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Lexington High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Bigelow Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Field Elementary School Public 4-5 Elementary
4.33 Charles E. Brown Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Country Elementary School Public PK, K-3 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 John D. Runkle School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
4.33 Lawrence School Public PK, K-8 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle
4.33 F.A. Day Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Stony Brook School Public 6-8 Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Bay Cove Academy Private, Special Education 8-12 High
4.33 Phillips Exeter Academy Private, Boarding 9-12 High
Tides School Private, Special Education 8-12 High
4.33 Milton Academy Private K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Meadowridge Behavioral Health Center Private, Special Education 8-12 High
Valley Community School & Valley Day Program Private, Alternative K-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Community Providers of Adolescent Services (COMPASS) Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, High
4.33 Groton School Private, Boarding, Religious 8-12 High
4.33 Middlesex School Private, Boarding 9-12 High
4.33 Noble & Greenough School Private 7-12 High
4.33 Winsor School Private, All-Girls 5-12 High
4.33 Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Commonwealth School Private 9-12 High
The Judge Rotenberg Center Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, High
Community Christian Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Boston University Academy Private 9-12 High
4.00 James F. Farr Academy Private, Special Education 8-12 High
4.00 The Roxbury Latin School Private, All-Boys 7-12 Middle, High
4.00 Brooks School Private, Boarding, Religious 9-12 High
4.00 Concord Academy Private, Boarding 9-12 High
4.00 Belmont Hill School Private, All-Boys 7-12 High
4.00 St. Mark's School Private, Boarding, Religious 9-12 High
Wayside Academy Private, Special Education 7-12 High
4.00 Boston Trinity Academy Private, Religious 6-12 High
4.00 British School of Boston Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4.33 Harvard University
4.33 Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
4.33 Brown University
4.33 Wellesley College
4.33 Boston College
4.33 The New England Conservatory of Music
4.33 Tufts University
4.00 Northeastern University
4.00 Rhode Island School of Design
4.00 Babson College
4.00 Boston University
4.00 Brandeis University
4.00 College of the Holy Cross
3.66 Berklee College of Music
3.66 Clark University
3.66 Worcester Polytechnic Institute
3.66 The Boston Conservatory
3.66 Bentley University
3.33 Emerson College
3.33 Providence College
3.33 Gordon College
3.00 Simmons College
3.00 Bryant University
3.00 University of New Hampshire

Around Boston

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

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

Age

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

Education Levels

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

Gender

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

Housing

Rent vs. Own

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

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

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

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

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

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
35°
16°
38°
19°
46°
26°
57°
36°
68°
45°
77°
55°
82°
61°
80°
59°
73°
51°
61°
40°
51°
32°
40°
22°
Precipitation
3.3"
3.2"
4.4"
4.2"
3.9"
3.8"
3.8"
3.6"
3.9"
4.2"
4.4"
3.8"
Snowfall
14.0"
9.8"
7.3"
2.1"
0"
0"
0"
0"
0"
0"
1.4"
9.1"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 35°
    16°
  • 38°
    19°
  • 46°
    26°
  • 57°
    36°
  • 68°
    45°
  • 77°
    55°
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    61°
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    59°
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    Precipitation

  • 3.3"
  • 3.2"
  • 4.4"
  • 4.2"
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  • 3.8"
  • 3.8"
  • 3.6"
  • 3.9"
  • 4.2"
  • 4.4"
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    Snowfall

  • 14.0"
  • 9.8"
  • 7.3"
  • 2.1"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
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  • 9.1"

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    Avg. Temps

  • 35°
    16°
  • 38°
    19°
  • 46°
    26°
  • 57°
    36°
  • 68°
    45°
  • 77°
    55°
  • 82°
    61°
  • 80°
    59°
  • 73°
    51°
  • 61°
    40°
  • 51°
    32°
  • 40°
    22°

    Precipitation

  • 3.3"
  • 3.2"
  • 4.4"
  • 4.2"
  • 3.9"
  • 3.8"
  • 3.8"
  • 3.6"
  • 3.9"
  • 4.2"
  • 4.4"
  • 3.8"

    Snowfall

  • 14.0"
  • 9.8"
  • 7.3"
  • 2.1"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 1.4"
  • 9.1"