The Scrum, WGBH, October 12, 2021
"Another recent report from the Boston Foundation... [says] Boston's population has increased in recent decades, but the BPS student population has dropped. Families with money tend to leave before their kids hit kindergarten, and Black families that stay often chose charter schools for their kids."
Boston Globe, October 8, 2021
"Many [recommendations] shift the focus from parochial control to broader regional standards. “We think the state needs to take more of a role,” said Luc Schuster, the report’s coauthor. “We can’t keep going into these one-off, town-by-town fights” over every zoning change."
WBZ News Radio, October 4, 2021
"The idea is that we ought to be building dense, vibrant, mixed use neighborhoods where people can walk to all the basic necessities of life within a 15 minute walk from their home," Schuster said."
Boston.com, October 3, 2021
"It might be surprising to see us focus so much of a neighborhood development paper on state policy, but our view is that we have a wrong level of government problem,” [said] report author Luc Schuster..."
SHNS, WBUR, September 29, 2021
"In a new report, authors with Boston Indicators and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership concluded that a long history of policy choices and hyperlocal decision-making have rendered many neighborhoods segregated, unaffordable and car-centric. Achieving a solution, they said, will require a greater state government focus on zoning, housing development and other fabric-of-life issues."
BNN, September 22, 2021
"Peter Ciurczak... talks about the recent disproportionate increase in opioid-related fatalities in the state's Black and Latinx populations."
Boston Globe, September 18, 2021
"Immigrant women with limited English skills and no higher education who worked in food service and accommodation suffered more job losses during the pandemic than any other group in Massachusetts, according to a report released in March by the Workforce Solutions Group, a statewide advocacy coalition."
WGBH, September 16, 2021
"Trevor Mattos, an economist at Boston Indicators research center, said the latest report from the state reveals a major gap between the number of Black and Latino entrepreneurs in the state available to do work and the number actually doing business with the state."
Jobmakers Podcast, August 26, 2021
“Trevor Mattos joins the JobMakers podcast to discuss how immigrants are essential to the Massachusetts economy and that: '1 in 6 Massachusetts residents is an immigrant... [they are] critical to making our economy function.”
Boston Globe, August 19, 2021
“'A lot of what’s happening is new immigrants coming from Asian and Latin American countries are helping revitalize our region and state,' said Luc Schuster, director of Boston Indicators, a research project for the Boston Foundation. 'We really would see a contracting local economy if we hadn’t continued to be welcoming to new immigrant communities.'”
BNN News, August 18, 2021
"Anne Calef, Research Fellow with the Boston Indicators Project, discusses a new report on gaps in Massachusetts vaccination rates, how they correlate with disparities in COVID-19 infection rates, and what they suggest about how the differences might be reduced."
Boston Globe, August 14, 2021
"The new census data show that as the Black population in Boston declines, numbers of Black families are increasing in other parts of Greater Boston, where housing costs are less expensive, Schuster added. In cities and towns around Boston, the Black population is up 13 percent while the white population is down about 4 percent."
State House News Service, August 12, 2021
"Massachusetts towns... where former President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign fared better in 2020, tend to have lower vaccination rates, according to a new Boston Indicators report."
Boston Globe, August 2, 2021
"Among the 50 states, Massachusetts has seen the sharpest rise in family homelessness since 2007. It also has one of the highest rates of income inequality in the country, declining economic mobility, and a criminal justice system that not only disproportionately locks up Black and Latino residents but also hands them longer sentences, on average, than their white peers."
BNN News, June 17, 2021
"Trevor Mattos [Boston Indicators] and Bansari Kamdar [Gaston Institute] discuss report detailing disparate impact of COVID-19 on the Latinx community, and such an impact could be mitigated by a form of guaranteed income payments."
Boston Globe, June 6, 2021
"The poverty rate among Asian American households in Boston is higher than in Black households and nearly three times higher than in white households."
Bay State Banner, May 26, 2021
"'The racial wealth gap plays a critical role in determining which firms get started and which ones succeed,' noted Trevor Mattos, research manager at the Indicators Project, the Boston Foundation’s research arm."
El Mundo, May 20, 2021
"Una estrategia prometedora para fomentar seguridad económica es darles a las familias asistencia directa en efectivo y proveer un ingreso mínimo garantizado en Massachusetts. "
WBUR, May 20, 2021
"Entrepreneurs of color are less likely to get the funds they need to grow their businesses than white entrepreneurs in Massachusetts....this capital gap has likely gotten worse during the pandemic, according to a new report out Thursday from the Boston Indicators."
Boston Globe, May 20, 2021
"The Asian American poverty rate in Boston is about 29 percent — a few percentage points higher than Black households and nearly three times higher than white households, according to Boston Indicators."
Boston Globe, May 19, 2021
"The state-owned bank proposal is receiving a second push this week, from the influential Boston Foundation, which... release[d] a report on Thursday highlighting the disparities in access to credit between white-owned small businesses and those owned by people of color."
Boston Globe, May 17, 2021
"Boston Indicators, the research arm of the Boston Foundation, estimated last summer that a modest but large-scale guaranteed minimum income program for Massachusetts would cost roughly $1 billion dollars. Boston Indicators’ researchers proposed doing it by overhauling and expanding the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit."
Boston Globe, May 12, 2021
"By overhauling the state EITC, Massachusetts could provide all households earning up to $70,000 annually a cash credit of at least $1,200 a year."
BNN News, May 7, 2021
"Peter Ciurczak, Senior Research Associate for the Boston Indicators Project at The Boston Foundation, explains a new interactive map showing the changing mix of immigrants coming to Massachusetts over the past forty years."
NBC Boston, April 30, 2021
"This trend toward more diversity among its residents is shaping the city’s future, said Luc Schuster, director of Boston Foundation research center Boston Indicators."
Commonwealth Magazine, April 21, 2021
"The new law is a great opportunity to address our region’s housing crisis, but critical details remain to be worked out through a complex rule-making process"
Boston Globe, April 15, 2021
"If managed correctly, Schuster notes, the evolution of a polycentric region could do much to address the yawning inequality that has beleaguered Boston, where a red-hot housing market has squeezed the middle class."
Boston Globe, April 12, 2021
"The reasons why the virus found the perfect mark in Chelsea have been explored: The tiny city has the highest rate of overcrowded housing in the state, a large share of front-line workers, and high rates of asthma."
Boston Globe, April 9, 2021
"Want a cleaner, more prosperous, more equitable region? Upgrading commuter rail would unlock all those benefits."
Boston Globe, March 12, 2021
"The majority of organizations included in a [December] Boston Indicators report have faced a reduction in philanthropic giving and limited cash reserves."
Boston Globe, January 13, 2021
"(Allowing modest, middle-class-friendly housing construction is) something we should have been doing all along to stay competitive with other metro areas, Schuster said. 'It’s tough because a lot of these measures of housing costs only look at people who are actually living in a place, so you never capture the people who just never moved here at all because it was too expensive to even consider it'"
Urban Institute, January 6, 2021
"Boston Indicators includes analysis of 211 calls in Massachusetts as part of their COVID Community Data Lab to help community groups, researchers, and government agencies understand the pandemic’s effects on area residents."
Banker & Tradesman, January 6, 2021
"More recently, Brookings Institution scholar Jenny Schuetz and Boston Indicators researcher Luc Schuster calculated [in Zoned Out: Why Massachusetts Needs to Legalize Apartments Near Transit] that a 15 units-per-acre mandate would make it possible to build units affordable to middle- and many working-class Bay Staters even in wealthy communities like Wellesley while keeping buildings relatively modest in scale."
Boston Globe, December 29, 2020
"A separate report earlier this year by the Boston Foundation indicated that most Asian students live in low-income households."
Real Estate Addicts, December 1, 2020
"Jenny Schuetz and Josh Zakim discuss our Zoned Out report and other strategies for addressing our regional housing shortage."
Slow Boring, November 16, 2020
"(I)f you paired this proposal to upgrade the region’s transit with this Brookings Institution (and Boston Indicators) proposal to legalize apartments near Boston-area transit stations, you’d really be getting somewhere."
Banker & Tradesman, October 25, 2020
"As report authors Jenny Schuetz and Sarah Crump of the Brookings Institution and Luc Shuster and Trevor Mattos of The Boston Foundation’s Boston Indicators research center, the neighborhoods around the train stations in these communities and many others are dominated by single-family homes."
StreetsBlog Mass, October 21, 2020
"In a new report, “Zoned Out,” researchers from Boston Indicators and the Brookings Institution argue that Massachusetts should act at the state level to legalize more affordable housing near transit stations, instead of letting well-connected wealthy residents block new homes through local land use laws.”
BNN News, October 19, 2020
"Trevor Mattos gave an interview to BNN News detailing our recent analysis of increased food insecurity during the pandemic.”
WBUR Morning Edition, October 7, 2020
"WBUR Morning Edition features Boston Indicators' new analysis of Food Insecurity trends, with audio from Trevor Mattos' October 6th presentation of the data.”
Mother Jones, Nov/Dec, 2020
"'Residents’ fears of sending kids to 'bad' schools appear to be fueling 'a growing mismatch between the demographics of kids who attend Boston’s K–12 public schools and the city overall,' the Boston Foundation reported in January. 'The families who leave Boston when their kids approach kindergarten are predominantly middle and high income. Today, almost 8 in 10 students remaining in Boston’s public schools are low income…and almost 9 in 10 are students of color.'”
Boston Neighborhood Network News, August 18, 2020
"Trevor Mattos discussed a big idea to overhaul the state Earned Income Tax Credit and begin to establish a minimum guaranteed income with Chris Lovett of BNN News."
Boston Globe, July 27, 2020
"In past years, Boston had among the lowest census return rate in the country, according to the secretary of state’s office, and ranked as the ninth hardest-to-count city among the largest 100 US cities."
The Horse Race Podcast, July 23, 2020
"While Congress turns its attention to a second stimulus package, Boston Indicators is proposing a more permanent form of financial security in the shape of a guaranteed minimum income for lower-income Massachusetts families."
WBUR Morning Edition, July 23, 2020
"Luc Schuster joined Morning Edition to discussed a proposal to overhaul the state's Earned Income Tax Credit so that it begins to function more like a minimum guaranteed income."
Boston Neighborhood Network News, February 4, 2020
"Luc Schuster of the Boston Indicators Project with The Boston Foundation and Antoniya Marinova, the Foundation's Assistant Director in the Education to Career Program, talk about a new report on the decline and persistent lag in Boston's population of school-age children."
Bay State Banner, January 30, 2020
"There’s a really strong base of research that shows the benefits for kids when they attend well-integrated schools,” (Schuster) said. “I think if you were an outsider looking at the system we’ve set up in the region, with intense isolation in urban schools, very different from the reverse isolation of high-income white kids in our affluent suburbs, nobody would say that’s the ideal. And yet here we are.”"
Boston.com, January 23, 2020
"The researchers found that Boston’s population of school-aged children, defined as aged 5 to 17, has fallen by almost 10,000 since 2000. In 2018, the population of children in Boston was estimated around 75,000, compared to the total population of around 695,926. "
Boston 25 News, January 22, 2020
"The city has been growing in so many ways over the last few decades but the school aged children population is just in the opposite direction," said Luc Schuster, the Director of Boston Indicators, the firm that did the research for the Boston Foundation."
WBUR, January 22, 2020
"Schuster described Boston’s growing racial and ethnic diversity — driven in no small part by new immigration — as one of the bits of “good news” in the city’s recent history.... But the change has not translated to diverse schools. In fact, the report's data show that two-thirds of BPS students now attend “intensely segregated” schools, where students of color make up 90% or more of the total enrollment."
Boston Globe, January 22, 2020
"'The demographics highlight what has almost become two separate cities within our city,' said Paul Grogan, CEO of nonprofit The Boston Foundation. 'One of higher-income, less diverse, childless households, and the other of lower-income, largely black and Latino families in which the vast majority of the city’s children live.'”
Commonwealth Magazine, January 22, 2020
"Boston’s population of school-age children has dropped by about 10,000 since 2000, a period in which the city added 100,000 new residents, many of them more affluent educated whites drawn to the mix of high-paying jobs and vibrant urban living. "
WBUR, December 30, 2019
"Boston's economy during the 2010s was characterized by steady growth but also persistent challenges. [Boston Indicators staff] picked several key Boston-area economic trends that began at the turn of the decade and looked at how they unfolded during the last decade."
Government Technology, October 1, 2019
"Peter Ciurczak... said the map captures regional differences very well, helping him to see that Suffolk County, Mass., where he lives, has a higher number of renters than many other parts of the country, making it a harder area to count."
WBUR, September 23, 2019
"The share of people of color living in Allston-Brighton back in 1990 was 27 percent, that's up significantly to 38 percent today. So roughly 4 in 10 residents of living in Allston-Brighton today are people of color."
Daily Hampshire Gazette, September 20, 2019
Based on data provided by Boston Indicators, a research center at the Boston Foundation... 70.2 percent of Amherst’s population is deemed “hard to count.”
WBUR, September 16, 2019
According to the Boston Foundation, Latinos hold 12% of occupations in the region, but account for just about 1% of legislators and CEOs.
Boston Globe, August 30, 2019
A recent Boston Foundation study, “Boston’s Booming . . . but for Whom?,” found that the median new rental listing here — $2,613 per month — eats up 51 percent of median household income.
WBUR, August 13, 2019
A report issued in June by the Boston Foundation found these new changes could impact up to 510,000 Massachusetts residents, including 160,000 children.
Cape Cod Times, August 3, 2019
The data providing insight into these shifting demographic trends come courtesy of “Changing Faces of [Greater] Boston,” a 76-page analysis by Boston Indicators, the research division of the nonprofit Boston Foundation.
Boston Globe, July 29, 2019
Indeed, immigration is responsible for virtually all net population growth in Massachusetts, according to the nonprofit Boston Indicators.
Associated Press, July 7, 2019
The demographic shifts are transforming the Boston area and helping fuel its economic boom, said Luc Schuster, director of Boston Indicators project.
The Bay State Banner, July 3, 2019
Another report released in October by the Boston Foundation’s research center, Boston Indicators, revealed that the middle class in Boston is shrinking, as rents go up and wages don’t. While the city grew by a total of 88,000 households from 1990 to 2014, it lost more than 15,000 middle-income households.
Boston Neighborhood Network News, June 29, 2019
Trevor Mattos of Boston Indicators and Meg Moran of Greater Boston Legal Services talk about new report on how immigration restrictions introduced under President Trump affect people in Boston.
MassLive, June 25, 2019
In January 2019, Boston Indicators reported that, “If not for international migration, Massachusetts would be losing population.” It is no surprise that when Governing Magazine did a deep dive on why, they found that “one in five residents moved out for reasons related to housing.”
Have you Heard, June 14, 2019
Podcast discussion of changing racial demographics in Greater Boston, which includes several references to “Changing Faces of Greater Boston.”
City of Boston, June 14, 2019
This is due in part to the state's population of recent immigrants, renters, college students, and other hard-to-count populations. Boston is the ninth hardest-to-count city among the largest 100 cities nationwide, according to a recent report by Boston Indicators and the Boston Foundation.
Bay State Banner, June 12, 2019
The report, published by the Boston Foundation’s Boston Indicators project, reveals that 17,000 people receiving or eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status and 12,000 Temporary Protected Status recipients live within the state, and all of them are in danger of losing their protections next year under changes made by President Donald Trump’s administration.
Boston Globe, June 6, 2019
“The changes have been so dramatic, and there’s just been so many that it’s been difficult, even for people that work in [immigration policy], to keep track of the day-in, day-out whimsical adjustments that are being made at the federal level,” said Trevor Mattos, the report’s lead author and a top staffer at Boston Indicators, the Boston Foundation’s research center.
WBUR, June 6, 2019
A new report released Thursday from the Boston Foundation underscores the significant impacts of President Trump's shifting immigration policies on Massachusetts communities.
Bay State Banner, May 16, 2019
Immigration and the rising cost of housing have helped drive dramatic demographic changes in Boston and the surrounding area since 1990, according to “Changing Faces of Greater Boston,” a report released by The Boston Foundation last week.
Boston Neighborhood Network News, May 16, 2019
Boston Indicators Research Manager Trevor Mattos and Gastón Institute Director Dr. Lorna Rivera join BNN to discuss the Changing Faces of Greater Boston.
The Enterprise - Brockton, May 13, 2019
“Changing Faces of Greater Boston,” a 71-page study published last week by the Boston Foundation, indicated that nearly half of Brockton’s white population has emptied out of the city since 1990, a time when nearly four out of five residents were white.
WGBH, May 9, 2019
A new study out of the Boston Foundation confirms Boston's changing demographics.
Winchester Star, May 9, 2019
The racial makeup of the Boston region has been dramatically shifting, and Winchester is among the communities that have seen some of the fastest changes in its population, according to a new report released by the Boston Foundation.
NECN, May 8, 2019
The perception is that Boston is a very white city and the Greater Boston area is mostly white. A new report puts a dent into that perception. Mark Melnik, director of economic and public policy research at the UMass Donahue Institute joins Sue to discuss the report.
State House News Service, May 8, 2019
From 1990 to 2017, researchers with The Boston Foundation and the University of Massachusetts found, the percentage of nonwhite residents increased in every single one of the 147 cities and towns forming the Boston area, a contrast from more static rates in western Massachusetts.
WBUR - Radio Boston, May 8, 2019
A new report released by the Boston Foundation shows that the Greater Boston population has become much more diverse over the last few decades.
WGBH, May 8, 2019
A new report from the Boston Foundation released Wednesday highlights the increasing racial and ethnic diversity of the Greater Boston area, much of which has been driven by immigration. In the past 25 years, the non-white population of Boston has grown by more than 60 percent — and in the Boston metro region, by a full 250 percent.
Boston Globe, May 8, 2019
“People still have this perception of Boston as being a very white city and Greater Boston as being white. That perception lags far behind the reality,’’ said Luc Schuster, one of the report’s coauthors and director of Boston Indicators, the research arm at the Boston Foundation.
WBUR, May 8, 2019
Over the last generation, the Greater Boston region has seen a major shift in the racial makeup of its population, according to a new report from the Boston Foundation.
WBUR, May 8, 2019
A report out Wednesday from the Boston Foundation and University of Massachusetts researchers details the changing demographics of the region.
Daily Free Press, April 5, 2019
Another challenge Boston faces in counting everyone for the census is the city’s large student population, according to Peter Ciurczak, a research associate at Boston Indicators. “People living in dorms are much less likely to respond to the census than your traditional householder,” Ciurczak said.
East Boston Times - Free Press, April 4, 2019
At the kickoff many speakers commented said there are multiple hard-to-count populations that reside in Massachusetts that historically have made a complete census count difficult. This is due in part to the state’s population of recent immigrants, renters, college students, and other hard-to-count populations. Boston is the ninth hardest-to-count city among the largest 100 cities nationwide, according to a recent report by Boston Indicators and the Boston Foundation.
State House News Service, March 5, 2019
Low-income areas in cities were the most difficult to obtain accurate counts in 2010, said Luc Schuster, director of Boston Indicators, a Boston Foundation research institute, as well as college students, people who rent or move frequently, and people living in group quarters or non-traditional households.
State House News Service, February 26, 2019
Compounding the situation, 63 percent of Bostonians live in "hard-to-count" Census tracts, according to an October report from Boston Indicators. That rate is the highest among all similar cities, 5 percentage points above New York and 9 percentage points above Philadelphia.
The Horse Race, February 22, 2019
Luc Schuster joins the Horse Race to talk Census 2020
Urban Institute, February 18, 2019
In partnership with the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform Coalition and MassINC, Boston Indicators mapped incarceration rates of Boston neighborhoods, revealing disproportionate impact in communities of color.
CommonWealth Magazine, February 12, 2019
If it were not for international migration, the state would have lost population from 2010 to 2018, according to a report issued by The Boston Foundation. The state experienced net outmigration of 126,587 US residents over that period, but it was more than offset by a net gain of 351,069 immigrants.
City of Boston in Boston Globe, January 15, 2019
...we are ranked #2 in the nation for moving people up and into the middle class...
Public News Service, November 21, 2018
Luc Schuster, director of Boston Indicators, the research center at the Boston Foundation, says the New England Drug Enforcement Agency discovered a drug-trafficking circle in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that has fueled the spike in fentanyl use.
MassLive, October 24, 2018
A report released Wednesday by Boston Indicators, the research arm of the Boston Foundation, highlighted the difficulty that Massachusetts is likely to have getting an accurate count of the state's population in the 2020 census because of demographics and a new question.
WBUR, October 24, 2018
Luc Schuster joins Morning Edition to talk Census 2020.
The Bay State Banner, October 17, 2018
The paper, titled “Boston’s Booming… but for Whom? Building Shared Prosperity in a Time of Growth,” released Oct. 9, analyzes several economic factors and concludes that while the city is experiencing a period of great economic growth, not everyone is sharing in this new wealth.
The Daily Free Press, October 11, 2018
Boston is the second best city in the nation when it comes to economic mobility, according to a recent report by The Boston Foundation’s research center, Boston Indicators.
Boston Globe, October 10, 2018
“There’s a lot of places in the country where economic mobility is down, income inequality is up, and the economy is in bad shape, and that’s just not the case here,” said Luc Schuster, a coauthor of the report.
WBUR, October 10, 2018
The report — titled "Boston's Booming ... But For Whom?" — collects data from a number of sources on a variety of economic indicators for the city and region, including income inequality, poverty, economic mobility and home ownership.
WBUR, October 10, 2018
A report issued Wednesday by Boston Indicators shows while income inequality may not be as bad in Boston as in other cities, it's a factor among many that threatens the future economic stability of many city residents.