Back Bay, Boston, MA Demographics

Population - Employment - Households - Income / Financial - Housing - Education - Marital Status - Means of Transport to Work

What is the population of Back Bay?

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There are 15,953 residents in Back Bay, with a median age of 34.4. Of this, 45.39% are males and 54.62% are females. US-born citizens make up 74.27% of the resident pool in Back Bay, while non-US-born citizens account for 13.18%. Additionally, 12.54% of the population is represented by non-citizens.
A total of 10,916 people in Back Bay currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 15,953 -1.6%
Male Population 7,241 -4.6%
Female Population 8,713 1.1%
Male population 45.39%
Female population 54.62%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 34.4 2.1%
Citizen US Born 11,849 -0.9%
Citizen not US Born 2,103 5.5%
Not Citizen 2,001 -11.6%
Citizen US Born 74.27%
Citizen not US Born 13.18%
Not Citizen 12.54%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 512 -16.9%
Moved from Same County 1,533 -3.0%
Moved from Same State 987 3.5%
Moved from Different State 1,892 5.5%
Same House as Last Year 10,916 -2.1%
Moved from Abroad 3.23%
Moved from Same County 9.68%
Moved from Same State 6.23%
Moved from Different State 11.94%
Same House as Last Year 68.91%

What are the employment statistics in Back Bay?

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White-collar workers make up 97.81% of the working population in Back Bay, while blue-collar employees account for 2.19%. There are also 734 entrepreneurs in Back Bay (8.11% of the workforce); 5,954 workers employed in private companies (65.79%); and 484 people working in governmental institutions (5.35%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 8,852 -0.8%
Blue Collar 198 -17.5%
White Collar 97.81%
Blue Collar 2.19%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 734 5.9%
Private Companies 5,954 -3.8%
Governmental Workers 484 6.4%
Not for Profit Companies 1,878 2.9%
Self Employees 8.11%
Private Companies 65.79%
Governmental Workers 5.35%
Not for Profit Companies 20.75%

How many households are there in Back Bay?

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There are a total of 8,005 households in Back Bay, each made up of around 1 members. Family establishments represent 32.19% of these Back Bay households, while non-family units account for the remaining 67.8%. Additionally, 7.53% of households have children and 92.47% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 8,005 2.1%
Average People Per Household 1 -2.4%
Family Households 2,577 -2.7%
Non-family Households 5,427 4.5%
Family Households 32.19%
Non-family Households 67.8%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 603 -12.1%
Households without Children 7,402 3.5%
Households with Children 7.53%
Households without Children 92.47%

What are the median and average incomes in Back Bay?

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The average annual household income in Back Bay is $150,142, while the median household income sits at $111,786 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $117,852, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $118,464. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $14,252 and $51,023, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $150,142 5.8%
Median Household Income $111,786 5.3%
People below Poverty Level 2,449 6.9%
People above Poverty Level 10,552 -2.5%

How many homeowners and renters are there in Back Bay?

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There are 9,703 housing units in Back Bay, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1943. Of the 8,005 occupied housing units in Back Bay, 27.97% are owner-occupied, while 72.02% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 63.08% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $1,234,150. In general, housing costs reach $2,637 per month in Back Bay.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 9,703 0.9%
Median Year Built 1943 -0.9%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 4,849 1.6%
Built between 1940 and 1949 193 -19.9%
Built between 1950 and 1959 378 0.0%
Built between 1960 and 1969 932 8.6%
Built between 1970 and 1979 818 -3.1%
Built between 1980 and 1989 722 13.0%
Built between 1990 and 1999 345 12.4%
Built between 2000 and 2009 841 -5.3%
Built between 2010 and 2019 622 -8.5%
Built in 2020 or Later 3 -25.0%
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 8,005 2.1%
Owner Occupied 2,239 -1.1%
Renter Occupied 5,765 3.4%
Owner Occupied 27.97%
Renter Occupied 72.02%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 1,413 -1.4%
Without Mortgage 827 -0.6%
Median Value with Mortgage $1,234,150 11.6%
Median Value without Mortgage $1,285,750 -0.6%
Median Housing Costs per Month $2,637 5.9%
With Mortgage 63.08%
Without Mortgage 36.92%

What is the level of education in Back Bay?

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Approximately 16.65% of the population in Back Bay holds a high school degree (that's 2,088 residents), while 6.69% have attained a college certificate (839 locals) and 32.36% have a bachelor's degree (4,057 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 539 4.3%
Some High School 2,088 6.8%
Some College 839 2.1%
Associate Degree 303 26.2%
Bachelor's Degree 4,057 -3.4%
Graduate Degree 4,713 1.3%
No High School 4.3%
Some High School 16.65%
Some College 6.69%
Associate Degree 2.42%
Bachelor's Degree 32.36%
Graduate Degree 37.59%

What is the marital status of Back Bay residents?

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A total of 9,270 people in Back Bay have never been married (which represents 61.12% of the total population), while 4,312 of them are wedded (28.43%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 173 (1.14%) and 808 (5.33%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 9,270 -0.1%
Married 4,312 -5.5%
Separated 173 -8.9%
Widowed 605 19.8%
Divorced 808 0.9%
Never Married 61.12%
Married 28.43%
Separated 1.14%
Widowed 3.99%
Divorced 5.33%

What are the most common means of transportation in Back Bay?

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The top three means of transportation people in Back Bay use to get to work are: walking, car and bus or trolley bus. A total of 3,334 residents commute by walking, 1,616 prefer going to work by car and 268 by bus or trolley bus.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 1,616 -9.0%
Bus or TrolleyBus 268 -4.3%
Railroad 126 142.3%
Bicycle 253 16.6%
Motorcycle 9 0.0%
TaxiCab 34 -54.7%
Walk 3,334 -8.9%

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2022 American Community Survey. The information is updated yearly, as soon as new data is made available by the US Census Bureau.
No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.

Zip codes included in this demographic data: 02115 02116 02199

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