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Using the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey

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Examples of how the City of Boston uses the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS) .

Examples of how the City of Boston uses the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey (ACS) .

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  • 1. Using the 2010 Censusand the AmericanCommunity SurveyAlvaro Lima – Director of ResearchBoston, May 2011
  • 2. 2010 Census+ Provide a complete count of all residents+ Can be used to compare to previous Census- Asks only basic questions:  Number of people  Age  Sex  Race And Ethnicity (Hispanic origin)- It happens only every 10 years (data gets old)
  • 3. American Community Survey (ACS) + Yearly data collection (up-to-date information) + Covers questions that are no longer part of the Census - Subject to sampling error - Relatively small sample size (difficult to look at small geographies) - Average of five years (2005 – 2009)
  • 4. Which data source to use?(Census 2010 counts) (ACS 2005-2009 estimates) Total Population Racial Distribution Age Sex Housing Occupancy Income Education Ancestry Occupation Poverty Nativity Language
  • 5. What we do with these data (1) We provide data and analysis to Diversity Index by Planning District - 2000 - 2010 city agencies, neighborhood North Dorchester organizations, the press … Back Bay/Beacon Hill 0.8 South Dorchester 0.7 South Boston South End 25% 0.6 0.5 West Roxbury 0.4 Boston Central, 22.4% 0.3 0.2 20%Charlestown Jamaica Plain 0.1 0 South Boston, 17.3% Housing Changes (2000 - 2010) Mattapan Harbor Islands 15% South End, 14.2% Central Hyde Park Roxbury, 13.9% Feneway/Kemore Roslindale Charlestown, 11.5% Allston/Brighton East Boston 10% Roxbury Fenway-Kenmore, 8.8% Boston, 8.2% West Roxbury, 9.5% Jamaica Plain, 6.7% North Dorchester, 5.4% 5% East Boston, 5.1% Back Bay-Beacon Hill, 4.3% Hyde Park, 3.5% South Dorchester, 4.0% Mattapan, 3.2% Allston-Brighton, 3.0% Diversity Index - 2010 Diversity Index - 2000 Roslindale, 2.6% Harbor Islands, 0.0% 0% Planning Districts
  • 6. What we do with these data (2) 2010 Census profiles for Boston and its neighborhoods  Our analysis shows:  Strong population growth since 2000  The “majority-minority” city status increased from 51% to 53% since 2000  The Hispanic population grew dramatically  The city’s housing stock showed its strongest growth in over half a century
  • 7. What we do with these data (3) Foreign-Born Profiles (2010 Census and 2005-2009 ACS)  BRA Research Division series called “Imagine All the People” looking at the largest immigrant communities in Boston  The series looks at key characteristics of these immigrant communities:  general demographic characteristics  educational attainment and language ability  place of residency in the city  economic impact and entrepreneurship
  • 8. What we do with these data (4) Language Skills in Metro Boston’s Labor Market  This document looks at the language ability of Greater Boston’s immigrant population and links it to job opportunities in the region concluding that:  the number of immigrants with limited English language skill is growing  jobs requiring higher language abilities pay more and are expected to grow faster  wage difference between jobs requiring advanced and limited language skills is expected to grow
  • 9. What we do with these data (5) Thrive in 5 – toward Universal School Readiness  The BRA Research Division provided data and analysis to Boston’s Public School Department to design this program  Using the ACS we assembled data on:  the number of children ages 0 – 5  educational attainment of their parents  age of the parents  racial distribution of children and parents  poverty status
  • 10. What we do with these data (6) Young Adults in Boston  Coupling city data sources with 2000 Census data, this report argues that Boston attracts and retains a large number of young adults 20-34  Using ACS data it also shows that Boston ranks 2nd of the 25 largest cities in the US in terms of proportion of young adults between the ages of 20-34  This analysis led to the creation of the City’s One in 3 program aimed at helping Boston retain young adults
  • 11. What we do with these data (7) Boston by The Numbers  Using ACS data in combination with state and federal data this snapshot of Boston’s economy shows that Boston accounts for 16.2% of all jobs in Massachusetts  It also shows that Boston has more jobs than residents with 62% of these jobs filled by commuters from outside the city  Finally, up to 36% of workers in the surrounding cities work in Boston

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