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Boston, MA

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About Boston, MA

Boston, MA is located in Suffolk County in the state of Massachusetts.

The total City Population for Boston is about 672,814 with about 5,506 people per square mile.

The Average Home Value is $610,520, which is roughly 35% higher than the Average Home Value of $394,572 for the state of Massachusetts, and roughly 69% higher than the National Average of $188,692.

The Median Income Per Household is about $81,744, which is roughly 5% lower than the Average Median Income Per Household of $86,370 for the state of Massachusetts, and roughly 30% higher higher than the National Average of $57,518.

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Quick Stats

Boston Population 672,814
Average Home Value $610,520
Median Household Income $81,744
Median Age 32.6
Unemployment Rate 6.9%
Politics 80.22% Democratic

Demographic Details

Average # of People Per Household: 0.59
Male Population Estimate: 48%
Female Population Estimate: 52%
Median Age: 32.6
Male Median Age: 11.1
Female Median Age: 10.5

Racial Demographic Estimates



Suffolk County voted Democratic in the 2020 Presidential Election with a very significant difference of 77.13% between the winner and runner up.
Elizabeth Warren
U.S. Senator
Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Party
Ed Markey
U.S. Senator
Ed Markey
Democratic Party
Maura Healey
State governor
Maura Healey
Democratic Party

Voting Results by Party

Democratic: 80.22%
Republican: 17.38%
Other: 1.02%
Libertarian: 0.88%
Green: 0.5%

Crime Details

NOTE: Crime is available at the County level so this doesn't necessarily represent the city of Boston specifically.

Average # of Homicides for Suffolk County: About 5.78792 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Average # of Violent Crimes for Suffolk County: About 751.532 per 100,000 People
(last recorded in 2021)

Suffolk County is about 32% higher than the national average of about 4 homicides per 100,000 people, and about 62% higher than the national average of about 288 violent crimes per 100,000 people.


The Unemployment Rate for Boston is about 6.9%.

Massachusetts is ranked #3 out of 52 for Best and Worst States to Work in America, with an overall score of 85.22 out of 100.

3rd out of 52

Wage Policies

Overall Wage Policy Score: 78.66

The average living wage for the state of Massachusetts is $34.72/hr, while the states minimum wage is $13.50/hr, which can be set above the state standard, and is extended to farm workers. This gives Massachusetts a minimum wage score of 88.49 compared to all other states.

The minimum wage for tipped employees is $5.55/hr, which gives Massachusetts a minimum wage for tipped employees score of 24.09 compared to all other states.

The weekly unemployment (UI) benefit for Massachusetts is $320.00, resulting in a UI benefit score of 94.88 compared to all other states.

Worker Protection Policies

Overall Worker Protection Score: 71.43
Massachusetts does provide accommodations for pregnant workers.
Massachusetts does offer protections for workplace breastfeeding.
Massachusetts does mandate equal pay across gender and race.
Massachusetts does prohibit pay secrecy practices in the workplace.
Massachusetts does restrict access to salary history to reduce gender and racial bias.
Massachusetts does provide some form of paid family leave.
Massachusetts does provide some form of paid sick leave.
X Massachusetts does not provide flexible scheduling of worker shifts.
Massachusetts does not mandate pay reporting or "call-in" pay by employers.
X Massachusetts does not provide split shift pay regulation.
X Massachusetts does not provide workers advanced notice of shift scheduling.
Massachusetts does provide some form of sexual harassment protection in state law.
Massachusetts does extend workers compensation mandates to farmworkers.
Massachusetts does not extend worker protections to domestic workers.

Right To Organize Policies

Overall Right To Organize Score: 70
Massachusetts does not have a "right-to-work" law.
Massachusetts does legalize project labor agreements to ensure a fair wage to workers on contract.
Massachusetts does not protect workers against wage theft retaliation.
Massachusetts does partially require collective bargaining for public workers.
Massachusetts does provide collective bargaining for teachers.
Massachusetts does provide wage negotiations for teachers.
Data from Oxfam America, Inc.
A global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice.

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Additional Location Details

Zip Code(s): 02108, 02109, 02110, 02111, 02112, 02113, 02114, 02115, 02116, 02117, 02118, 02119, 02120, 02121, 02122, 02123, 02124, 02125, 02126, 02127, 02128, 02129, 02130, 02131, 02132, 02133, 02134, 02135, 02136, 02137, 02163, 02196, 02199, 02201, 02203, 02205, 02206, 02210, 02211, 02212, 02215, 02217, 02222, 02241, 02283, 02284, 02293, 02297, 02298, 02467 (50 Total Zip Codes)
Latitude: 42.318800
Longitude: -71.085200
TimeZone: Eastern (GMT -05:00)
Daylight Saving: Yes
Region: Northeast
Average Elevation: 31.1 ft.
Area Code(s): 617, 781, 857, 339, 978, 508