Boston demographics profile

StatisticBostonMassachusettsNational
Population658,2796,742,143318,558,162
Population density (sq mi)13,61763091
Median age31.739.437.7
Male/Female ratio0.9:10.9:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)34%53%55%
Speak English63%77%79%
Speak Spanish17%9%13%
Boston, MA has a population of 658,279 and is the 23rd largest city in the United States. The population density is 13,617 per sq mi which is 2063% higher than the Massachusetts average and 14929% higher than the national average. The median age in Boston is 32 which is approximately 20% lower than the Massachusetts average of 39. In Boston, 34% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 63% speak English and 17% speak Spanish. 44% of Boston residents were born in Massachusetts, 24% were born out of state, 4% were born outside of the United States and 28% were foreign born.

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  • The population density in Boston is 2063% higher than Massachusetts.
  • The median age in Boston is 20% lower than Massachusetts.
  • In Boston 53.00% of the population is Caucasian.
  • In Boston 25.41% of the population is African American.
  • In Boston 9.34% of the population is Asian.

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Boston population breakdown by race

RaceBostonMassachusettsNational
Caucasian53.00%79.26%73.35%
African American25.41%7.26%12.63%
Asian9.34%6.11%5.22%
American Indian0.39%0.21%0.82%
Native Hawaiian0.02%0.03%0.18%
Mixed race4.92%3.01%3.06%
Other race6.91%4.13%4.75%
In Boston, 19.0% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

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Source: The Boston, MA demographics data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).