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.
People across the political spectrum agree that middle class households are facing financial challenges. An August 2012 report from the Pew Research Center confirms this. "Fewer, Poorer, Gloomier: The Lost Decade of the Middle Class" details the challenges middle class households have faced since 2001, including stagnant incomes and a steep decline in net worth. Our analysis shows that those trends have been occurring in Metro Boston for the last 20 years.
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.