Income/capita 25%
Household income 6%
Unemployment 17%
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Income per capita$37,288$38,069$29,829
Median household income$58,516$70,954$55,322
Median income owner occupied$100,584$95,052$70,586
Median income renter occupied$40,766$39,116$35,192
Median earnings male$40,133$45,946$36,919
Median earnings female$31,820$32,028$26,250
Unemployment rate5.5%4.6%4.7%
Poverty level21.1%11.4%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Boston is 25% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Boston is 6% higher than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Boston is 17% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Boston is 40% higher than the national average

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      Boston employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry6.3%0.6%
      Manufacturing sector5.9%0.2%
      Financial & insurance services8.1%6.2%
      Wholesale & retail services10.4%8.8%
      Public administration4.7%3.7%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities4.9%1.8%
      Education, health & social services20.1%42.3%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Wellesley, MA28,909$171,719210.4%
      Dover, MA2,453$169,118205.7%
      Lexington, MA32,936$152,872176.3%
      Winchester, MA22,491$149,321169.9%
      Needham, MA30,167$139,477152.1%
      Boston, MA658,279$58,5165.8%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Washington, DC659,009$72,93531.8%
      Memphis, TN655,857$36,97533.2%
      Denver, CO663,303$56,2581.7%
      Seattle, WA668,849$74,45834.6%
      Nashville, TN643,771$49,8919.8%
      Boston, MA658,279$58,5165.8%
      Source: The Boston, MA employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).