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Take the Boston Neighborhoods Quiz and Be Surprised

Our David Bates dropped a corker of a column this week re: the changing demographics of the City of Boston. It came with a quiz that several of you have requested we post separately so that you and yours might test your knowledge of Boston's shifting population.

These questions (and the answers at the end) come from the Boston Redevelopment Authority report "Boston By The Numbers."

HOUSING
1. The percentage of Boston households that are owner occupied is
A. 34%
B. 49%
C. 55%

2. The area with the lowest owner occupancy rate is
A. Allston-Brighton
B. Fenway-Kenmore
C. Hyde Park

3. The highest homeownership rate is in
A. Jamaica Plain
B. The South End
C. West Roxbury

4. True or False: Boston has the highest concentration of "affordable" (subsidized) housing among major cities (22%), more than three times the rate of Chicago.

5. The rate of affordable housing units in the South End versus Back Bay/Beacon Hill rate is
A. 2X
B. 4X
C. 7X+

6. True or False: There are 50% more condos in Boston than there were in 2000, and condos are more likely to owner-occupied.

CHILDREN
7. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of children under age 18,
A. Increased
B. Decreased
C. Stayed about the same

8. Percent of Boston's children who speak another language while at home
A. 34%
B. 47%
C. 59%

9. Percent of Boston children who live in a home headed by a single parent
A. 28%
B. 41%
C. 55%

10. The Boston neighborhood with 2-4 times as many children as the other neighborhoods listed
A. Dorchester
B. Roxbury
C. East Boston
D. West Roxbury

11. Percent of Boston children living in households below the poverty line
A. 20%
B. 30%
C. 40%

ELDERLY
12. The neighborhood in Boston with about 2-3 times as many elderly residents as the other listed neighborhoods
A. Dorchester
B. Brighton
C. East Boston
D. South Boston

ECONOMY
13. The largest employer in Boston is
A. Brigham and Women's Hospital
B. Massachusetts General Hospital
C. Boston University
D. Dunkin Donuts

14. The largest employer in the finance and insurance sector
A. Fidelity
B. John Hancock
C. State Street Bank and Trust Co.
D. Thomson Reuters

15. Boston has around 600,000 private-sector employees. Companies that employ at least 500 people make up this percentage of the total
A. 25%
B. 40%
C. 33%

YOUNG ADULTS
16.True or False: Boston has the highest concentration of young adults (age 20-34) among the largest 25 cities in the U.S.

17. The neighborhood where the resident you see is most likely to be 20-34 years old?
A. South Boston
B. South End
C. Fenway
D. Allston

TAXES, LOCAL AID, FISCAL CONDITIONS
18. The percentage of Boston jobs that are in private, tax-exempt hospitals and universities
A. 20%
B. 25%
C. 33%

BOSTON IN CONTEXT: NEIGHBORHOODS
Boston has about 10% of the total households in the Commonwealth.
19. The Boston neighborhood with the most households is
A. Dorchester
B. Roxbury
C. Brighton
D. Back Bay

20. Neighborhood with highest percentage of Hispanic residents
A. East Boston
B. Dorchester
C. Roxbury
D. South End

21. Neighborhood where the resident you see is most likely Black or African-American
A. Roxbury
B. Mattapan
C. Beacon Hill
D. South End

22. Neighborhood where the resident you see is most likely Asian or Asian-American
A. Chinatown
B. Allston
C. South End
D. Roxbury

23. The neighborhood with a population over 1,000, where the resident you see is most likely over 40
A. West Roxbury
B. Beacon Hill
C. South End
D. Jamaica Plain

24. Neighborhood in Boston where resident is most likely to commute by bike
A. Jamaica Plain
B. Allston
C. Mission Hill
D. East Boston

25. Percent of Boston residents who take the T
A. 18%
B. 25%
C. 31%

26. Percent of commuters who take commuter rail
A. 1%
B. 2%
C. 3%

27. Percent of Bostonians who take bus or trolley bus
A. 13%
B. 18%
C. 23%

28. Percent who take car, truck or van
A. 46%
B. 52%
C. 58%

29. Percent who drive alone
A. 65%
B. 75%
C. 85%

30. True or False: Women in Boston have a graduate degree at nearly twice the rate of the U.S. average.

ANSWERS
1) A. 34%
2) B. Fenway-Kenmore (8.6%)
3) C. West Roxbury (63.6%)
4) True
5) C. 7X+ (41% vs. 5.7%)
6) True: Grown from 36,315 to 58,566 and closely split between renter and owner occupancy
7) B. Decreased (-11%)
8) B. 47%
9) C. 55% (correct number is 54.6%)
10) A. Dorchester (2x Roxbury, 3x East Boston, 4x West Roxbury)
11) B. 30%
12) A. Dorchester (9,933)
13) B. Massachusetts General Hospital (14,752)
14) C. State Street Bank and Trust Co. (7,800)
15) C. 33%
16) True: 35% of the population (Austin is second with 31.8%)
17) Allston (of course)
18) A. 20%
19) A. Dorchester (41,232)
20) A. East Boston (52.9%)
21) B. Mattapan (76.8%)
22) A. Chinatown (76.8%)
23) A. West Roxbury (average age: 42)
24) C. Mission Hill (8.1%)
25) A. 18%
26) A. 1%
27) A. 13%
28) A. 46%
29) C. 85%
30) True: 19.9% to 10.1%
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