Boston Metro Area - Rankings and Statistics - Niche

  • Population
    4,604,278
  • Population Density
    1,020 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    4,512 sq.mi.
  • Primary City
    Boston, MA
The Boston metro area is centered in Massachusetts and has 4,604,278 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
4.00 Boston 639,594
3.66 Lowell 108,491
4.33 Cambridge 106,844
3.00 Brockton 94,267
4.00 Quincy 92,920
3.00 Lynn 91,289
4.33 Newton 86,945
4.00 Somerville 77,560
2.33 Lawrence 77,364
4.00 Framingham 69,900
3.33 Haverhill 61,769
4.00 Waltham 61,908
3.66 Malden 60,309
4.33 Brookline 59,016
3.66 Medford 56,981
3.33 Weymouth Town 54,815
3.00 Revere 53,258
3.00 Peabody 51,868
3.33 Methuen Town 48,159
4.00 Arlington 43,728
2.66 Everett 42,758
3.66 Salem 42,321
4.00 Beverly 40,370
4.00 Marlborough 39,141
3.66 Woburn 38,826

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 Middlesex County 1,539,832
3.00 Essex County 757,395
3.33 Suffolk County 747,928
4.00 Norfolk County 682,860
2.66 Plymouth County 500,772
3.00 Rockingham County 297,702
2.66 Strafford County 124,387

Top Public Schools

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

Top Private Schools

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

Top Colleges

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

Around Boston

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts
White 74.45% 63.25% 75.00%
Hispanic 9.37% 16.62% 10.24%
African American 6.92% 12.23% 6.37%
Asian 6.69% 4.83% 5.75%
Multiracial 1.81% 2.05% 1.90%
Other 0.64% 0.19% 0.61%
Native American 0.10% 0.66% 0.12%
Pacific Islander 0.02% 0.16% 0.02%

Age

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts
9 years and under 11% 13% 11%
10 to 17 years 10% 11% 10%
18 to 24 years 10% 10% 10%
25 to 34 years 14% 13% 13%
35 to 44 years 13% 13% 13%
45 to 54 years 15% 14% 15%
55 to 64 years 12% 12% 13%
65 and over 13% 13% 14%

Education Levels

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts
Less than a high school diploma 9% 14% 10%
High school diploma or equivalent 24% 28% 26%
Some college or associate degree 23% 29% 24%
Bachelor's degree 24% 18% 23%
Master's degree or higher 19% 11% 17%

Gender

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts
Male 48.4% 49.2% 48.4%
Female 51.6% 50.8% 51.6%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts
Rent 38.2% 35.1% 37.7%
Own 61.8% 64.9% 62.3%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts
Assault 227.8 264.1 274.4
Murder 1.8 5.2 2.1
Robbery 92.5 135.0 94.2

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Boston Metro Area United States Massachusetts
Burglary 352.8 575.0 372.2
Larceny 1359.6 2114.0 1340.4
Motor vehicle theft 129.7 257.3 128.7

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°
81°
59°
73°
52°
62°
40°
51°
32°
40°
22°
Precipitation
3.7"
3.5"
4.7"
4.4"
4.0"
4.0"
3.9"
3.7"
3.9"
4.4"
4.5"
4.2"
Snowfall
15.2"
11.3"
9.1"
2.3"
0"
0"
0"
0"
0"
0.0"
1.7"
10.3"

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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 35°
    16°
  • 38°
    19°
  • 46°
    26°
  • 57°
    36°
  • 68°
    45°
  • 77°
    55°
  • 82°
    61°
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    59°
  • 73°
    52°
  • 62°
    40°
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    Precipitation

  • 3.7"
  • 3.5"
  • 4.7"
  • 4.4"
  • 4.0"
  • 4.0"
  • 3.9"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.9"
  • 4.4"
  • 4.5"
  • 4.2"

    Snowfall

  • 15.2"
  • 11.3"
  • 9.1"
  • 2.3"
  • 0"
  • 0"
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  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.0"
  • 1.7"
  • 10.3"

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    Avg. Temps

  • 35°
    16°
  • 38°
    19°
  • 46°
    26°
  • 57°
    36°
  • 68°
    45°
  • 77°
    55°
  • 82°
    61°
  • 81°
    59°
  • 73°
    52°
  • 62°
    40°
  • 51°
    32°
  • 40°
    22°

    Precipitation

  • 3.7"
  • 3.5"
  • 4.7"
  • 4.4"
  • 4.0"
  • 4.0"
  • 3.9"
  • 3.7"
  • 3.9"
  • 4.4"
  • 4.5"
  • 4.2"

    Snowfall

  • 15.2"
  • 11.3"
  • 9.1"
  • 2.3"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.0"
  • 1.7"
  • 10.3"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 721 responses

  • 65% Yes
  • 21% Not sure
  • 14% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 1310 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 597 responses

  • 43% Very accepting.
  • 45% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 10% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 2% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 1563 responses

  • 41% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 46% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 11% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 2% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 452 responses

  • 17% I love everything about it.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 19% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 2% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 710 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments