Boston Metro Area

  1. Boston Metro Area Legal Resources
  2. Boston Metro Area Statistics
  3. Boston Metro Area Property/Housing/Real Estate Information
  4. Boston Metro Area Employment Information
  5. Boston Metro Area Family Information
  6. Boston Metro Area Education Information
  7. Boston Metro Area Business Information
  8. Boston Metro Area Public Benefits Information
  9. Boston Metro Area Criminal Information
  10. Boston Metro Area Immigration & Civil Rights Information
  11. Boston Metro Area Counties
  12. Boston Metro Area Cities


Boston Metro Area Legal Resources

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Boston Metro Area Statistics

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  • Population (2000): 4,001,752
  • Land Area (2000): 6,327.536 square kilometers
  • Water Area (2000): 2,306.417 square kilometers
  • Local Time(s):
  • Area Code(s): 339, 351, 508, 617, 774, 781, 857, 978

Boston Metro Area Population By Year


Year  Population Year  Population Year  Population
1999 3,427,422 2001 Not Available 2003 4,453,436
2000 3,573,108 2002 3,448,359 2004 4,433,110

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Houses (2000): 1,593,023

Boston Metro Area Population - Urban/Rural

Urban/Rural Population Percent
 Urban 7,702,010 96.22%
 Rural, Farm 4,407 0.06%
 Rural, Non-farm 298,556 3.73%

Boston Metro Area Real Estate Lawyers provide services for home buying/selling, commercial real estate, leases, landlord tenant, construction, land use and zoning laws. From the Justia Lawyer Directory.


Boston Metro Area Employment Information

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Employment (2003): 3,818,643
Payroll (2003) / (1Q 2003): $174,219,508,000 / $42,705,613,000

Boston Metro Area Employment By Industry


 Male, with percent of employed male population
1. Professional / Scientific / Tech Services 235,312 11.19%
2. Construction 186,106 8.85%
3. Educational Services 146,962 6.99%
4. Finance and Insurance 134,210 6.38%
5. Health Care 110,980 5.28%
6. Accommodation and Food Services 104,106 4.95%
7. Public Administration 98,854 4.70%
8. Computer and Electronic Manufacturing 93,794 4.46%
9. Admin, Support, and Waste Management 74,886 3.56%
10. Food and Beverage Stores 50,118 2.38%
11. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 42,676 2.03%
12. Other Transportation 42,196 2.01%
13. Miscellaneous Manufacturing 41,684 1.98%
14. Repair and Maintenance 39,694 1.89%
15. Broadcasting and Telecommunications 38,030 1.81%
16. Publishing / Movie / Sound Recording Industries 32,572 1.55%
17. Metal Manufactuing 32,562 1.55%
18. Arts / Entertainment / Recreation 29,640 1.41%
19. Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers 28,208 1.34%
20. Radio, Television, and Computer Stores 27,486 1.31%
 Female, with percent of employed female population
1. Health Care 332,122 16.98%
2. Educational Services 275,002 14.06%
3. Professional / Scientific / Tech Services 183,124 9.36%
4. Finance and Insurance 162,498 8.31%
5. Accommodation and Food Services 105,424 5.39%
6. Social Assistance 71,572 3.66%
7. Public Administration 71,216 3.64%
8. Admin, Support, and Waste Management 58,810 3.01%
9. Computer and Electronic Manufacturing 48,330 2.47%
10. Food and Beverage Stores 37,634 1.92%
11. Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 36,050 1.84%
12. Personal and Laundry Services 35,832 1.83%
13. Religious / Grantmaking / Civic / Similar Organizations 35,646 1.82%
14. Department and Other General Stores 30,958 1.58%
15. Publishing / Movie / Sound Recording Industries 30,252 1.55%
16. Arts / Entertainment / Recreation 26,726 1.37%
17. Miscellaneous Manufacturing 25,610 1.31%
18. Broadcasting and Telecommunications 25,408 1.30%
19. Info Services and Data Processing 24,258 1.24%
20. Clothing and Apparel Including Shoes 23,466 1.20%

Boston Metro Area Employment By Job


 Male, with percent of employed male population
1. Computer Specialists 127,162 6.05%
2. Other Management Occupations 118,300 5.63%
3. Other Sales and Related Occupations 83,732 3.98%
4. Sales Reps / Wholesale and Manufact 72,372 3.44%
5. Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance 68,844 3.27%
6. Engineers 68,636 3.26%
7. Recording / Scheduling / Dispatching 66,980 3.19%
8. Top Executives 64,432 3.06%
9. Other Installation / Maintenance 63,380 3.01%
10. Other Production Occupations 59,450 2.83%
11. Business Operations Specialists 57,376 2.73%
12. Driver / Sales Workers and Truckers 57,328 2.73%
13. Retail Sales, Not cashiers 48,324 2.30%
14. Other Office and Admin Support 47,972 2.28%
15. Accountants and Auditors 39,834 1.89%
16. Vehicle Mechanics 38,940 1.85%
17. Laborers and Material Movers / Handlers 38,736 1.84%
18. Operations Managers Non Finance 38,534 1.83%
19. Carpenters 36,476 1.73%
20. Metal Workers and Plastic Workers 33,310 1.58%
 Female, with percent of employed female population
1. Other Office and Admin Support 122,550 6.26%
2. Secretaries and Admins 122,544 6.26%
3. Teachers, Pre/Primary School 92,520 4.73%
4. Other Management Occupations 90,050 4.60%
5. Registered Nurses 81,088 4.15%
6. Business Operations Specialists 64,868 3.32%
7. Other Sales and Related Occupations 61,892 3.16%
8. Informaion and Record Clerks, Not Customer Service 61,292 3.13%
9. Computer Specialists 52,206 2.67%
10. Retail Sales, Not cashiers 51,668 2.64%
11. Cashiers 47,664 2.44%
12. Nursing / Psychiatric / Home Health 43,996 2.25%
13. Customer Service Representatives 43,712 2.23%
14. Health Technologists and Technicians 42,448 2.17%
15. Bookkeeping / Accounting / Auditing 41,642 2.13%
16. Counselors / Social Workers / Etc. 40,534 2.07%
17. Accountants and Auditors 40,334 2.06%
18. Sales Reps / Wholesale and Manufact 39,302 2.01%
19. Other Teachers / Instructors / Librarians 38,220 1.95%
20. Child Care Workers 36,232 1.85%

Boston Metro Area Hours Worked Per Week In 1999

Hours Per Week  Population Percent
35 or more hours 3,535,172 55.76%
15-35 hours 855,957 13.50%
1-14 hours 217,868 3.44%
No regular hours 1,730,837 27.30%

Boston Metro Area Time Left For Work

Time  Population Percent
Midnight-4:59 AM 80,066 2.08%
5 AM-5:29 AM 80,527 2.09%
5:30 AM-5:59 AM 135,193 3.51%
6 AM-6:29 AM 302,211 7.84%
6:30 AM-6:59 AM 379,525 9.84%
7 AM-7:29 AM 585,400 15.18%
7:30 AM-7:59 AM 598,573 15.53%
8 AM-8:29 AM 574,543 14.90%
8:30 AM-8:59 AM 286,264 7.43%
9:00 AM-9:59 AM 249,572 6.47%
10:00 AM-10:59 AM 93,684 2.43%
11:00 AM-11:59 AM 41,580 1.08%
Noon-3:59 PM 245,125 6.36%
4 PM-11:59 PM 202,862 5.26%

Boston Metro Area Length Of Commute In Minutes

Minutes  Population Percent
Less than 5 88,823 2.30%
5-9 337,752 8.76%
10-14 480,644 12.47%
15-19 499,610 12.96%
20-24 510,815 13.25%
25-29 219,191 5.69%
30-34 587,769 15.25%
35-39 138,276 3.59%
40-44 190,685 4.95%
45-59 411,582 10.68%
60-89 294,920 7.65%
At least 90 95,058 2.47%

Boston Metro Area Length Of Commute In Mintues - Public vs. Private Transportation


Minutes  Population (public) Percent  Population (private) Percent
Under 30 106,708 2.77% 2,030,127 52.66%
30-44 160,982 4.18% 755,748 19.60%
45-59 102,218 2.65% 309,364 8.02%
At least 60 126,546 3.28% 263,432 6.83%

Boston Metro Area Type Of Commute

Type Population Percent
 Bicycle 19,436 0.49%
 Car / truck / van, carpool 343,679 8.63%
 Car / truck / van, solo 2,781,302 69.81%
 Motorcycle 1,922 0.05%
 Other 20,798 0.52%
 Public transportation 496,454 12.46%
 Walked 191,534 4.81%
 Worked at home 128,819 3.23%

Boston Metro Area Employment Lawyers handle cases involving employment contracts, severance agreements, OSHA, workers compensation, ADA, race, sex, pregnancy, national-orgin, sexual orientation and age discrimination, sexual harassment, hours & wages and overtime issues. From the Justia Lawyer Directory.


Boston Metro Area Family Information

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Households (2000): 3,066,082 (7,731,882 people)
Families (2000): 1,961,448 (6,174,654 people)
Families where both partners work (2000): 834,155
People at same address in 1995: 4,342,199

Boston Metro Area Household Income in 1999


Income Population Percent
Under $10,000 254,076 8.29%
$10,000-$14,999 153,250 5.00%
$15,000-$19,999 136,391 4.45%
$20,000-$24,999 141,052 4.60%
$25,000-$29,999 144,442 4.71%
$30,000-$34,999 147,186 4.80%
$35,000-$39,999 144,952 4.73%
$40,000-$44,999 143,207 4.67%
$45,000-$49,999 134,905 4.40%
$50,000-$59,999 260,798 8.50%
$60,000-$74,999 342,553 11.17%
$75,000-$99,999 415,363 13.54%
$100,000-$124,999 251,314 8.20%
$125,000-$149,999 134,585 4.39%
$150,000-$199,999 125,990 4.11%
$200,000 or more 136,519 4.45%

Boston Metro Area Household Type

Type Population Percent
 Nonfamily, 1 person 432,293 28.21%
 Family, 2 people 378,468 24.70%
 Nonfamily, 2 people 97,218 6.34%
 Family, 3 people 231,712 15.12%
 Nonfamily, 3 people 18,933 1.24%
 Family, 4 people 215,155 14.04%
 Nonfamily, 4 people 7,242 0.47%
 Family, 5 people 97,969 6.39%
 Nonfamily, 5 people 2,128 0.14%
 Family, 6 people 33,023 2.15%
 Nonfamily, 6 people 644 0.04%
 Family, 7 or more people 17,281 1.13%
 Nonfamily, 7 or more people 483 0.03%

Boston Metro Area Household Income Type

Type  Population Percent
Earnings 2,502,386 29.62%
Interest / Dividend / Rent 1,336,276 15.82%
Public Assistance 75,662 0.90%
Retirement 477,392 5.65%
Self Employment 366,147 4.33%
Social Security 750,620 8.89%
Supplemental Security 140,534 1.66%
Wage / Salary 2,428,791 28.75%
Other 369,560 4.37%

Boston Metro Area Family Type

Type Population Percent
 No children under 18 791,849 52.34%
 With children under 18 721,082 47.66%

Boston Metro Area Marital Status - Male (for those 15+ in 2000)

Type Population Percent
 Divorced 191,171 6.26%
 Married 1,693,461 55.49%
 Never Married 1,087,874 35.64%
 Widowed 79,529 2.61%

Boston Metro Area Marital Status - Female (for those 15+ in 2000)

Type Population Percent
 Divorced 302,233 8.93%
 Married 1,708,470 50.49%
 Never Married 1,025,430 30.30%
 Widowed 347,845 10.28%

Boston Metro Area Family Lawyers help clients with family law issues, such as marriage, divorce, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, annulment, child support, custody, division of property, alimony, palimony, restraining orders, spousal support, uncontested divorce and visitation rights. From the Justia Lawyer Directory.


Boston Metro Area Education Information

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Boston Metro Area Highest Degree Earned (18 or older)

Degree Population Percent
 Less than 9th grade 291,051 4.73%
 9th-12th grade, no diploma 565,592 9.20%
 High school diploma or equivalent 1,571,525 25.55%
 Some college, no degree 1,156,974 18.81%
 Associate degree 393,732 6.40%
 Bachelors degree 1,303,054 21.19%
 Graduate or professional degree 868,762 14.12%

Boston Metro Area Population In School (3 or older)

School Level  In Public School Percent  In Private School Percent Total Percent
Nursery or preschool 66,109 1.65% 92,156 2.30% 158,265 3.95%
Kindergarten 88,889 2.22% 18,777 0.47% 107,666 2.69%
Grades 1-4 387,286 9.68% 51,207 1.28% 438,493 10.96%
Grades 5-8 378,667 9.46% 49,668 1.24% 428,335 10.70%
Grades 9-12 361,109 9.02% 57,691 1.44% 418,800 10.47%
Undergrad college 205,571 5.14% 253,520 6.34% 459,091 11.47%
Graduate or professional school 43,818 1.09% 135,093 3.38% 178,911 4.47%
Total 1,531,449 38.27% 658,112 16.45% 2,189,561 54.72%

Boston Metro Area Education Lawyers represent colleges, school districts, other educational institutions, and students in the practice of education law. They handle issues related to No Child Left Behind, special education, and disability rights. From the Justia Lawyer Directory.


Boston Metro Area Business Information

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Number of Businesses (2003): 215,670

Boston Metro Area Businesses Changes By Year

Year  Business Births  Business Deaths
2001 10,467 10,940
2002 9,808 9,011
2003 11,112 11,805
2004 11,193 10,769

Boston Metro Area Business Lawyers provide services for corporations, LLCs, partnerships, contracts, franchising and business litigation. From the Justia Lawyer Directory.


Boston Metro Area Public Benefits Information

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Boston Metro Area Above Or Below Poverty Level In 1999

Above/Below Population Percent
 At Or Above Poverty Level 7,068,173 91.20%
 Below Poverty Level 681,617 8.80%

Boston Metro Area Public Benefits Lawyers assess the range of local, state and federal government benefits to which their clients may be entitled and help them apply for such programs, as well as appeal decisions denying such benefits to their clients. From the Justia Lawyer Directory.


Boston Metro Area Criminal Information

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Correctional Institution Population (2000): 15,445

Boston Metro Area Crimes Per 1,000 People By Type And Year



Year  Aggravated Assault  Forcible Rape  Murder / Manslaughter  Robbery Total Violent Crimes  Arson  Burglary  Larceny / Theft  Motor Vehicle Theft Total Property Crimes
1999 3.092 0.202 0.017 1.049 4.360 0.000 3.754 15.981 4.001 23.736
2000 0.000 0.215 0.021 1.053 1.289 0.000 4.003 16.095 4.215 24.313
2001 Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
2002 2.928 0.227 0.026 1.247 4.428 0.000 3.858 16.164 3.909 23.931
2003 0.051 0.029 0.001 0.020 0.100 0.000 0.186 1.091 0.097 1.375
2004 0.060 0.029 0.000 0.016 0.105 0.000 0.195 1.057 0.094 1.345
2005 0.051 0.027 0.001 0.015 0.094 0.000 0.200 0.989 0.071 1.260

Boston Metro Area Crime Index

Year  Index
1999 96,297
2000 0
2001 0
2002 97,790

Boston Metro Area Criminal Lawyers represent defendants in municipal, state and federal criminal proceedings. These lawyers commonly handle cases involving DUI/DWI (drunk driving), drug possession, gun crimes, traffic tickets, violent crimes, sex crimes, theft offenses and white collar crimes. From the Justia Lawyer Directory.


Boston Metro Area Immigration & Civil Rights Information

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Boston Metro Area Population By Age

Age Population Percent
0-9 Years 521,368 13.03%
10-19 Years 514,570 12.86%
20-29 Years 560,588 14.01%
30-39 Years 676,134 16.90%
40-49 Years 618,278 15.45%
50-59 Years 450,284 11.25%
60-69 Years 280,023 7.00%
70-79 Years 234,629 5.86%
80-89 Years 120,622 3.01%
90+ Years 25,256 0.63%

Boston Metro Area Population - Male/Female

Male/Female Population Percent
 Male 1,929,080 48.21%
 Female 2,072,672 51.79%

Boston Metro Area Population By Ethnicity

Ethnicity Population Percent
 Caucasian 3,171,489 79.25%
 Hispanic/Latino 277,136 6.93%
 African-American 245,369 6.13%
 Asian 196,024 4.90%
 Multiracial 75,031 1.87%
 Other Race 29,657 0.74%
 Amerindian 5,971 0.15%
 Pacific Islander 1,075 0.03%

Boston Metro Area Top Specified Ancestries

Rank Ancestry  Population Percent Of Specified Ancestries
1. Irish 1,940,030 24.93%
2. Italian 1,201,406 15.44%
3. English 872,768 11.21%
4. German 459,972 5.91%
5. French Non-Basque 418,417 5.38%
6. United States Or American 309,318 3.97%
7. French Canadian 295,055 3.79%
8. Polish 281,126 3.61%
9. Scottish 206,653 2.66%
10. Portuguese 180,529 2.32%

Boston Metro Area Top Languages Spoken At Home

Rank Language  Population Percent Of Reported Languages
1. Only English 5,972,306 79.65%
2. Spanish Or Spanish Creole 492,066 6.56%
3. Portuguese / Portuguese Creole 147,914 1.97%
4. Chinese 128,531 1.71%
5. French 99,018 1.32%
6. Italian 97,487 1.30%
7. French Creole 82,926 1.11%
8. Russian 51,134 0.68%
9. Greek 46,479 0.62%
10. Vietnamese 45,126 0.60%

Boston Metro Area Citizen Type

Type Population Percent
 Citizen by birth 6,829,153 85.31%
 Naturalized immigrant 490,093 6.12%
 Not a citizen 685,727 8.57%

Boston Metro Area Immigration Lawyers help clients navigate through the federal immigration process. They help workers secure temporary visas (H1-B, fiances obtain K-1 visas, and permanent immigrants apply for Green Cards or citizenship. From the Justia Lawyer Directory.
Boston Metro Area Civil Rights Lawyers represent clients who have been illegally discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and national origin. If you have suffered employment discrimination, sexual harassment, or have been treated differently by a hotel, restaurant, or other public accommodation, a civil rights lawyer can help you determine whether your rights were violated and what types of redress are available. From the Justia Lawyer Directory.


Boston Metro Area Counties

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Boston Metro Area Cities

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Alphabetical | By Population

Abington Holbrook Pepperell
Accord Holliston Pinehurst
Acton Hopkinton Plainville
Allston Hudson Plymouth
Amesbury Hull Plympton
Andover Humarock Prides Crossing
Arlington Hyde Park Quincy
Arlington Heights Ipswich Randolph
Ashby Jamaica Plain Reading
Ashland Kingston Readville
Auburndale Lakeville Revere
Avon Lawrence Rochester
Ayer Lexington Rockland
Babson Park Lincoln Rockport
Bedford Littleton Roslindale
Bellingham Lowell Rowley
Belmont Lynn Salem
Beverly Lynnfield Salisbury
Billerica Malden Saugus
Boston Manchester Scituate
Boxborough Manomet Sharon
Boxford Marblehead Sheldonville
Braintree Marion Sherborn
Brant Rock Marlborough Shirley
Bridgewater Marshfield Somerville
Brighton Marshfield Hills South Carver
Brockton Mattapan South Duxbury
Brookline Mattapoisett South Hamilton
Brookline Village Maynard South Walpole
Bryantville Medfield South Weymouth
Burlington Medford Stoneham
Byfield Medway Stoughton
Cambridge Melrose Stow
Canton Merrimac Sudbury
Carlisle Methuen Swampscott
Carver Middleboro Tewksbury
Charlestown Middleborough Topsfield
Chelmsford Middleborough Center Townsend
Chelsea Middleton Tyngsboro
Chestnut Hill Millis Tyngsborough
Cochituate Milton Village Of Nagog Woods
Cohasset Milton Village Waban
Concord Minot Wakefield
Danvers Monponsett Walpole
Dedham Nahant Waltham
Devens Natick Wareham
Dover Needham Watertown
Dracut Needham Heights Waverley
Dunstable New Town Wayland
Duxbury Newbury Wellesley
East Boston Newburyport Wellesley Hills
East Bridgewater Newton Wenham
East Pepperell Newton Center West Boxford
East Walpole Newton Highlands West Bridgewater
East Wareham Newton Lower Falls West Concord
East Weymouth Newton Upper Falls West Groton
Elmwood Newtonville West Medford
Essex Nonantum West Newbury
Everett Norfolk West Newton
Fort Devens North Andover West Roxbury
Foxboro North Billerica West Townsend
Foxborough North Carver West Wareham
Framingham North Chelmsford Westford
Franklin North Lakeville Weston
Georgetown North Marshfield Westwood
Gloucester North Pembroke Weweantic
Green Harbor North Plymouth Weymouth
Greenbush North Reading White Horse Beach
Groton North Scituate White Island Shores
Groveland North Waltham Whitman
Halifax North Weymouth Wilmington
Hamilton Norwell Winchester
Hanover Norwood Winthrop
Hanscom Afb Nutting Lake Woburn
Hanson Ocean Bluff Woodville
Hathorne Onset Wrentham
Haverhill Peabody  
Hingham Pembroke