The MetroBoston DataCommon, a partnership between the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) and the Boston Indicators Project, is an interactive data portal and mapping tool with information about the region’s people, neighborhoods, infrastructure, and environmental resources. It is a resource for all those seeking to better understand how the region and its communities are changing, and help residents, planners, city and town officials, educators, and journalists explore options and make informed decisions.
The MetroBoston DataCommon provides a wealth of information about the region’s people and communities through a variety of topics -- from arts and education to the environment and transportation. A resource for all those seeking to understand how the region is changing, it helps residents, stakeholders, planners, city and town officials, educators and journalists explore data and make informed decisions. We invite you to explore its data, community snapshots and create your own visualizations and reports.
Despite the growing notion of a national trend toward the suburbanization of poverty, this phenomenon in Metro Boston is slight and highly isolated. Regionwide, the number of people in poverty increased by 18% from 2000 to 2007–2011. While there was a slight shift overall to the suburbs, the growth in poverty was uneven. Rapid increases in some suburban towns accompanied declines in others. At the same time, some smaller cities took on an outsized share of the growth in urban poverty. To learn more, check out this month's Calendar Map.
MetroBoston DataCommon Training session are held every month at offices of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in downtown Boston. Participants receive an orientation to the various components of the website, and complete a hands-on tutorial of the DataMap Tool to create their own customized maps. Attendees have included community leaders, city and town planners, government employees staff from non-profit organizations and research organizations, and many others.