Reporters covering important local issues often turn to data-driven research from Boston Indicators to help inform stories. Below are some recent examples. For media inquiries, contact our Director of External Communications, Ted McEnroe, by phone at 617-338-3890, or by email.
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Your Guide To The Allston-Brighton City Council Race

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."

 

Amherst, Northampton ramp up Census 2020 campaign

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.”

 

Latino Candidates Seek to Further Diversify Boston's City Council

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's middle class is getting crushed - does anyone care?

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.


New Immigration Rule Could Affect Half A Million Mass. Residents

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.

 

Immigration's Impact

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.


Foreign buyers reportedly have cooled on Boston real estate

Boston Globe, July 29, 2019

Indeed, immigration is responsible for virtually all net population growth in Massachusetts, according to the nonprofit Boston Indicators.

 

Boston suburb reflects broad changes in US immigration

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.


Study: Mass rents 3rd most expensive in U.S.

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.

 

How Immigration Crackdown Affects Boston

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.

 

High cost of housing stifles Massachusetts economy (Letters)

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.”

 

White Homebuyers, Black Neighborhoods and the Future of Urban Schools

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.”

 

Boston's Complete Count Committee announced ahead of 2020 census

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.

 

DACA changes hit local residents hard

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.

 

Report: Trump's immigration policies a local threat

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.

 

Report: Trump's Focus On Illegal Immigration Affects Thousands Of Lawful Immigrants In Mass.

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.

 

Immigration driving population growth in Greater Boston area

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.

 

Report Explores Boston Area Population Shift

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.

 

Report spotlights racial transformation in Brockton since 1990

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.

 

Diversity On The Rise In Greater Boston, New Research Shows

WGBH, May 9, 2019

A new study out of the Boston Foundation confirms Boston's changing demographics.

 

Report: Winchester among region's fastest growing Asian American communities

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.

 

The Changing Faces of Greater Boston

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.

 

Report: Leadership Changes Not Keeping Pace With Demographic Shifts

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.

 

What The Changing Demographics of Greater Boston Mean For The Region

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.

 

Boston Metro Area Grows Much More Diverse - But Equity Lags

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.

 

Immigration has transformed Greater Boston over the last three decades

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.

 

Greater Boston Sees Major Shift In Population's Racial Makeup, Report Finds

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.

 

11 Things To Know About The 'Changing Faces of Greater Boston'

WBUR, May 8, 2019

A report out Wednesday from the Boston Foundation and University of Massachusetts researchers details the changing demographics of the region.

 

Walsh announces funding to promote accurate 2020 census count

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.

 

Mayor Walsh, Advocates Hold 2020 Census Kick off in Eastie

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.

 

IMMIGRANT GROUP DIRECTOR TO CHAIR KEY CENSUS COMMITTEE

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.

 

CHALLENGES, UNCERTAINTY AS MASS. HEADS INTO 2020 CENSUS

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 Podcast

The Horse Race, February 22, 2019

Luc Schuster joins the Horse Race to talk Census 2020

 

The Potential for Catalyzing Community Criminal Justice Reform with Data

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.

 

Without immigrants, Mass. would lose population, study says

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.

 

Mayor's State of the City Address

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...

 

Mass Leads US in Fentanyl Overdose Death Rate

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.

 

Hard to count districts in Massachusetts could pose problems for 2020 census -- and cost state billions

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 Morning Edition

WBUR, October 24, 2018

Luc Schuster joins Morning Edition to talk Census 2020.

 

Wealth gap widens as Boston Booms

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.

 

Boston ranks first in economic mobility for black individuals

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.

 

In Boston, the middle class is shrinking, and it’s harder to get ahead than it used to be

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.

 

Boston Lost 15,000 Middle-Income Households Over 25 Years, Report Says

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.

 

Report: Income Inequality Threatens Economic Stability of Boston Residents

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.

     
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