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How Downtown Boston Lives: Alone

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We've been talking incessantly, it seems, about the fact that most of the much-ballyhooed new apartment-building in Boston is of the smaller kind—studios, 1-bedrooms, 2-bedrooms; few of the larger apartments that might be more family-friendly. Well, some Census-crunching by The New York Times makes us think that maybe it's just developers (and City Hall) responding to existing trends, if not demand.

Click through here and find a color map of the percentage of Hub households with only one occupant. You will see that in downtown Boston neighborhoods like Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the West End, the North End and the South End around half of the households are occupied by one person, according to the Census. Same along the Southie waterfront, where everything's changing and the new apartments are all for singletons.

· Mapping the 2010 U.S. Census [NY Times]
· Boston Is for Lovers (Just Not Their Kids): a New Apt. Dynamic [Curbed Boston]
· The Departed: South Boston to Change Forever This Year [Curbed Boston]
· Southie Has Had It with All the New Small Apartments [Curbed Boston]
· Hat tip: John A. Keith's Twitter feed