This weekend Boston celebrated its 386th birthday, making it one of the oldest cities in the United States. Although Boston is not a large city (it is the 23rd largest city in the US), it is one of the largest metropolitan areas with just under 5 million and is the 4th most densely populated after New York Metro Area, Greater Los Angeles and South Florida Metro Area (according to worldpopulationreview.com).
Here are a few interesting facts about present day Boston.
Boston (and Massachusetts) growth is coming mostly from immigrants and without those immigrants the state’s population would have actually declined over the past decade. Almost 1/3 of Boston’s population is now foreign born.
Boston’s population is also growing younger, as nearly 1/3 of all residents are 20-34, which is younger than most other major cities in the country.
Boston’s population growth rate of 3.1% is expected to continue through at least 2020, reaching around 780,000 to 790,000 by the next Census in 2020.
For a city of nearly 400 years it still is young at heart. Happy birthday Boston.