Population Growth in Beacon Hill and Back Bay Reported in Census

By Dan Murphy

Beacon Hill and Back Bay saw a 2.8 percent increase in population between 2000 and last year, according to results of the 2010 census.

The number of residents in the two neighborhoods reportedly rose from 26,721 in 2000 to 27,476 in 2010.

Citywide, the overall population rose 4.8 percent as the number of residents rose from 589,141 in 2000 to 617,594 in 2010.

In Back Bay and Beacon Hill, the number of white residents decreased slightly from 23,453 in 2000 to 23,355 in 2010, whereas the number of blacks or African-Americans rose from 822 in 2000 to 888 in 2010.

The Asian population in the two neighborhoods, meanwhile, experienced a 6.1-percent increase as the number of residents climbed from 1,618 in 2000 to 2,350 in 2010.

Back Bay and Beacon Hill residents, ages 18 and over, saw a 1.3 percent increase as the population climbed from 25,420 in 2000 to 25,755 in 2010.

As for housing, the number of total units in the two neighborhoods was up 4.3 percent from 17,633 in 2000 to 18,396 in 2010.

The number of occupied units dropped slightly from 16,310 in 2000 to 16,201 in 2010, while the number of vacant units saw a 6.9 percent increase as the number of units shot up from 1,323 in 2000 to 2,195 in 2010.

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