The US Census Bureau has released its “Selected Social Characteristics in the United States” report for 2006.

Boston population, 2000: 589,141
Boston population, 2006 (est., margin of error +/- 7,660): either 575,187 or 590,763, depending on which page you look at (?!)

Median age, 2000: 31.1
Median age, 2006 (est., margin of error +/-0.4): 33.6

Boston median income, 2000 (in 1999 dollars): $39,629
Boston median income, 2006 (est., margin of error +/-$4,465, in 2006 dollars): $47,974

Boston median family income, 2000 (in 1999 dollars): $44,151
Boston median family income, 2006 (est., margin of error +/-$1,888, in 2006 dollars): $52,817

Housing units, 2000: 251,935
Housing units, 2006 (est., margin of error +/-2,577): 254,563

Regarding race and other demographics, here is some data, from 2006 and from 2000:

2006

White: 325,474 – 56.6%
Black or African American: 140,819 – 24.5%
American Indian and Alaska Native: 2,013 – 0.3%
Asian: 45,685 – 7.9%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 382 – 0.1%
Some other race: 45,027 – 7.8%
Two or more races: 15,787 – 2.7%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)(included in “White”): 85,685 – 14.9%

2000

White: 320,944 – 54.5%
Black or African American: 149,202 – 25.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native: 2,365 – 0.4%
Asian: 44,284 – 7.5%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 366 – 0.1%
Some other race: 46,102 – 7.8%
Two or more races: 25,878 – 4.4%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race)(included in “White”): 85,089 – 14.4%

My take? Do you see how little our housing stock has increased over the past six years? Yikes. Supply and demand, supply and demand.

Also, I don’t understand the “Two or more races” change. I think more research would be needed before drawing any conclusions. Seems odd it would drop 10,000.

And, as a wise man once said, “Cities are good for the rich and the poor. For the middle class? Not so much.”

From the US Census Bureau

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