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About the Boston Indicators Project
The Boston Indicators Project offers new ways to understand Boston and its neighborhoods in a regional, national and global context. It a
information, foster informed public discourse, track progress on shared civic goals, and report on change in 10 sectors: Civic Vitality, Cultu
Economy, Education, the Environment, Health, Housing, Public Safety, Technology, and Transportation.

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 Indicators: What We Measure

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   Civic Vitality
   Cultural Life & the Arts
   Economy
   Education
   Environment & Energy
   Health
   Housing
   Public Safety
   Technology
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What is Civic Vitality?
Civic vitality reflects a community’s connectedness and bonds of trust, or social capital, created through neighborliness, friendship, kinship
collaboration. These are strengthened by places to gather, open access to information, opportunities for civic and electoral engagement,
philanthropic giving -- although these same assets can be used to exclude outsiders.

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   Civic Vitality Home Page
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   Highlights: Analysis of Key Trends




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What is Cultural Life & the Arts?
The Cultural Life & the Arts sector reflect a community’s cultural vibrancy –it includes all of its diverse ethnic traditions and festivals, oppo
making and enjoyment, venues for the performing and visual arts, architectural heritage, museums and public art.

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   Cultural Life & the Arts Home Page
   Indicators: How are we doing?
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What is the Economy?
An economy is the sum total of an area’s production, distribution, consumption and exchange of goods and services resulting from investm
capital in the use of that area’s natural, human and technological resources.

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   Economy Home Page
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What is Education?
Education is the process by which skills, knowledge and values are transmitted from teacher to student while, at the same time, each stud
logically, creatively and critically is being developed.

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   Education Home Page
   Indicators: How are we doing?
   Highlights: Analysis of Key Trends




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What is Environment & Energy?
The environment encompasses an area’s natural resources – land, air, fresh and marine water, wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and the co
they support – and their intersection with energy sources for and emissions from transportation, commerce, industry and home heating a
the local effects of global climate change.

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   Environment & Energy Home Page
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   Highlights: Analysis of Key Trends




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What is Health?
For an individual, health is physical and mental freedom from acute illness, chronic disease and injury reflecting a good diet, adequate exe
behavioral safety and genetic good luck. Individual health outcomes are greatly affected by socio-economic and community-level factors s
healthy food, opportunities for exercise, recreation, supportive relationships, degree of exposure to environmental toxins and unsafe con
education and housing.

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   Health Home Page
   Indicators: How are we doing?
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What is Housing?
Housing meets the basic human need for shelter; for most households it is a major expense or investment that can lead to economic secu
fundamental building block of livable, vibrant communities and, when blighted it is a source of community destabilization.

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   Housing Home Page
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What is Public Safety?
Public safety is the peace of mind that results from the effective prevention of and/or response to events that endanger or threaten both
with physical, emotional or financial harm. Public safety encompasses both violent and non-violent crime, from domestic and street violen
collar crime.

   Public Safety Home Page
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   Highlights: Analysis of Key Trends
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What is Technology?
Technology is the development and use of tools, methods and skills to achieve a goal. From arrowheads and the control of fire to ploughs
chips, new technologies change our relationship to the natural world and to the ways in which we live, work, connect and create.

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   Technology Home Page
   Indicators: How are we doing?
   Highlights: Analysis of Key Trends




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What is Transportation?

Transportation is the movement of cargo -- people, animals or material goods – from one place to another. Modes of transportation in co
bicycling, cars, buses, trucks, aircraft, freight and passenger trains, subways, ships and boats.

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   Transportation Home Page
   Indicators: How are we doing?
   Highlights: Analysis of Key Trends
Crosscut Topics

   Boston Neighborhoods
   Children & Youth
   Competitive Edge
   Fiscal Health
   Race & Ethnicity
   Sustainable Development
Boston Neighborhoods
Boston is a city of neighborhoods – some, like Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan, are as large as some of Massachusetts’ bigger cities, w
are town-sized. Within each of Boston’s sixteen neighborhoods, designated by the Boston Redevelopment Authority as Boston’s off
communities, each with its’ own unique characteristics, populations, assets, and challenges.

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Children & Youth

Children mirror a community’s values, progress and challenges. If a community’s children are thriving, it is likely that the whole com
Indicators Project tracks progress through 2030—Boston’s 400th Anniversary - when many of today’s children and youth will be civic,
their children will be in school.



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Competitive Edge


The Greater Boston region has a long history as a birthplace of revolution and innovation and is packed with firsts - the nation’s fir
breakthroughs in medicine and “green” building. With a newly revitalized waterfront and some of the nation’s - and the world’s - top col
with Boston at its core - attracts students from around the world and top-tier talent in all fields to its dynamic and diversified knowledge



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Fiscal Health

This cross-cut filter measures fiscal health in several ways: by tracking municipal, state and federal funding as well as levels of philanthro
In a high-cost city such as Boston, the financial health of individuals and families is another important measure of the fiscal stability and h

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Race & Ethnicity
Issues of race and ethnicity - in Boston and elsewhere - generally emerge on two fronts: one is the cultural richness that racial and ethni
region; the other is persistent disparities in education, health and economic status. People of color have often faced inequitably high hur
advancement.

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Sustainable Development

Sustainable development refers to patterns of growth that integrate environmental and human health, economic dynamism, and social
development is multi-dimensional by definition: biodiversity health; the availability of jobs at a living age; regional and per capita carbon
of fresh water and open spaces; etc. All of these factors increase the quality of life.



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Complete Framework

The Boston Indicators Project’s comprehensive Framework of indicators and measures reflects an intensive, participatory selection proces
Bostonians and reviewed by thousands more. Beginning with positive goals for the future, these data-rich indicators and measures provid
current conditions, trends over time and patterns of relationships, as well as outcomes for specific groups, neighborhoods, the City of Bos
 The Complete Project Framework can also be re-sorted into crosscutting topics and civic agenda goals.

 Our Reports: Key Findings

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   Latest Report
   Biennial Reports
   Special Reports
City of Ideas: Reinventing Boston's Innovation Economy

The 2012 Boston Indicators Report shows that standard top-level economic indicators don't tell us everything we need to know about the
local and regional economy. We need to reinvent Boston's innovation economy through greater opportunity and shared prosperity.




Read Our Past Publications Chronicling Boston from 2000-2009

The Boston Indicators Project produces biennial reports chronicling Boston's accomplishments and the full array of challenges facing the c
build on expert and stakeholder convenings, data analysis, and reviews of recent research. Over the years, they have helped to catalyze an
throughout the community about our region's economic competitiveness and the key challenges facing Boston.




The Measure of Poverty: A Boston Indicators Project 2011 Special Report

The Measure of Poverty was released in September 2011. Findings show that the rates of poverty in Boston changed very little over the la
deeply concentrated in single-parent families in particular neighborhoods. State and local budget cuts due to the recession may have long
the effects of poverty. The Boston Indicators Project released another special report in 2008, Boston’s Education Pipeline: A Report Card ,
view of the entire arc of Boston’s system of educational opportunities and outcomes, with an update in 2011.



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 Community Snapshots: Boston Neighborhoods to the Region

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   City of Boston & Its Neighborhoods
   Metro Boston Region
   Massachusetts




City of Boston & its Neighborhoods

The City of Boston is comprised of 16 Planning Districts and 26 neighborhoods, each with a unique history and identity.



This portion of the site is coming soon. For facts and figures about Boston Neighborhoods see the Boston Neighborhood Top




Metro Boston Region
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) region includes 101 cities and towns. Learn about the region.



This portion of the site is coming soon. In the meantime check out the MetroBoston DataCommon for facts and figures abou
Massachusetts

This portion of the site is coming soon. In the meantime check out the MetroBoston DataCommon for facts and figures abou

 Tools & Resources: Data, Mapping & Research

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   Research Center
   Data Portal
Learn more about a topic or do your own analysis through access to research, reports, data and analytical tools.




Explore our digital library, which archives research reports, journal articles, newspaper clippings, blog posts, media coverage, and more ab
and world. Search all by using our sector and crosscut topics as filters.

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Learn more about a topic or do your own analysis through access to research, reports, data and analytical tools.




Find other data-rich websites and analytical tools.

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 Shaping The Future: Civic Agenda 2030 & Innovations

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   Civic Agenda
   Hub of Innovation
By aligning our resources and efforts, we can each make a difference in shaping the future.
Greater Boston's Emerging Civic Agenda, created by hundreds of experts, policy makers and community stakeholders over ten years, offer
strategies to move the region forward. It is organized in four areas, with goals and measurable milestones.

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By aligning our resources and efforts, we can each make a difference in shaping the future.
What are the best ways to solve the pressing challenges of our city, region, country and planet? The Hub of Innovation profiles a set of br
region, nation and world.

Nominate a breakthrough!


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Timeline: 2000 - 2030
2000 2030
Wisdom of Our Choices
 2000

Provides baseline data for the height of Boston's high-tech boom, and warns of the regional knowledge economy's disparate
educated Boston residents.
Creativity and Innovation: A Bridge to the Future
2001 - 2002
Emphasizes post-recession Boston’s creative economy assets and challenge of talent retention in a high-cost city and region.
Thinking Globally & Acting Locally: A Regional Wake-Up
2002 - 2004
Notes intensifying global competition for talent and jobs and the need for a coherent response.
A Time Like No Other: Charting the Course of the Next Revolution
2004 - 2006
Details Boston’s outsized historic and current role in the world and seven crisis/opportunity pairs that, together, reframe Bo
foundation for future growth.
A Great Reckoning: Healing a Growing Divide
 2009
Highlights rising income inequality in Boston and the region and its harmful effects on current conditions and future prospec
City of Ideas: Reinventing Boston's Innovation Economy
 2012
Shows that standard top-level economic indicators don't tell us everything we need to know about the state of jobs and equ
economy. We need to reinvent Boston's innovation economy through greater opportunity and shared prosperity.

 About The Project
  Who We Are
  FAQs
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  Contact Us

 Indicators
By Sector:

     Civic Vitality
     Cultural Life and the Arts
     Economy
     Education
     Environment and Energy
     Health
     Housing
     Public Safety
     Technology
     Transportation
By Crosscut Topic:

     Boston Neighborhoods
     Children and Youth
     Competitive Edge
     Fiscal Health
     Race and Ethncity
     Sustainable Development
 Our Reports

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 Tools and Resources
  Research Center
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 Shaping the Future
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  Hub of Innovation

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ational and global context. It aims to democratize access to
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