Greater Boston

The region Boston - Cambridge - Quincy (better known as Greater Boston) refers to the area in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to the city of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. The term, however, is ambiguous and therefore can be in terms of area at any site between the magnitudes of the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA ) and the Combined Statistical Area ( CSA) of Boston relate, which includes the metropolitan areas of Providence in Rhode Iceland and Worcester in Massachusetts.

In contrast, the term Metro Boston is reserved for the " inner core " around Boston around while Greater Boston typically includes at least the regions of North Shore, South Shore and MetroWest and the Merrimack Valley.

In the Greater Boston in 2008 lived more than 4.6 million people, what makes them number 10 of the list of the most populous MSA in the United States. In relation to the CSA lived there in the same year more than 7.6 million people, which means rank 5 in the list of CSA. The region includes many places and references to figures in the history of the United States, especially the American Revolution, the civil rights of American literature and American politics. Greater Boston is a major center of the U.S. education system, the financial industry as well as tourism and is located in the ranking of productivity ( measured as the ratio Gross Metropolitan Product ) worldwide in 12th place


Metropolitan Area Planning Council

The closest broad definition of the Greater Boston region comes from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council ( MAPC ). The MAPC is a regional planning organization, which was created by the Massachusetts General Court to oversee the transport infrastructure and economic development in the area of Boston. Under the definition of the MAPC fall 101 cities and towns, which are grouped into eight different regions. The area encompasses most of the area within the region umfahrenden highways I - 495th In the MAPC region were living in 2000, about 3 million people in an area of ​​1,422 mi ² ( 3682.96 km ² ), of which 39% is forest and another 11 % water, wetlands or open terrain.

The eight regions and their respective main city are: Inner core (Boston ) Minuteman ( Route 2 ), Metro West ( Framingham ), North Shore ( Peabody ), North Suburban ( Woburn ), South Shore ( Route 3 ), South West ( Franklin ) and Three Rivers ( Norwood ).

Explicitly excluded by the MAPC are the cities of the Merrimack Valley Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill, a large part of Plymouth County and the entire Bristol County, as there is a separate planning office for these places and areas.

New England City and Town Area

As the core of the definition with the name New England city and town area ( NECTA ) of the United States Census Bureau serves the defined United States urban area in the vicinity of Boston. The cities in the core of the area and the communities in the area with strong social and economic ties to the nucleus is called the Boston - Cambridge - Quincy, MA -NH Metropolitan NECTA. The Boston NECTA is also divided into different divisions, which are listed below. The NECTA divisions Boston, Framingham and Peabody correspond roughly to the MAPC region. In the Boston NECTA in 2000, there were about 4.5 million people.

Metropolitan Statistical Area

For the alternative definition of the Boston - Cambridge - Quincy, MA -NH Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA ), the Census Bureau uses the boundaries of counties instead of cities and towns as building blocks for the description of the area. The MSA is divided into four metropolitan divisions and in 2005 showed about 4.4 million inhabitants, which it was the tenth-largest in the United States. The ingredients of the region are:

Combined Statistical Area

A more functional definition on the behavior of commuters is based the Boston - Worcester - Manchester, MA -RI -NH Combined Statistical Area (CSA ) of the United States Census Bureau. This area in addition to the greater Boston area includes the metropolitan areas of Manchester, New Hampshire, Worcester, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Iceland. In 2005, there lived a total of approximately 7.4 million people. The following areas are in addition to the previously described MSA for the Combined Statistical Area:

Selected Statistics

In the Greater Boston there is a large Jewish community, estimated at 210,000 or 261,000 members. Mathematically, therefore, are 5-6 % of the inhabitants of the region Jews, the U.S. average is 2%.

Boston itself has a share of 12.3%, one of the largest LGBT rates per head and came in second behind San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta and Minneapolis Rank 5 in comparison of all major cities in the United States.