Mapping Demographic Change in Boston Neighborhoods Between 1880 and 1930

April 2015


groeger-data-mapData showing the dramatic demographic transformations in Boston’s neighborhoods between 1880 and 1930 is now available on the Boston Research Map, a joint initiative of the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI) and Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis.
Drawing on a new database developed by Cristina Groeger, a PhD student in history at Harvard, with funding from BARI, the map allows users to visualize ward-level data on ethnicity, race, occupation, and school attendance in 1880, 1900, and 1930. This information can be used to illustrate a variety of different shifts that occurred in Boston over that period, including, but not limited to:

The new maps are available online at

The underlying data is available from the BARI data library, which is open to any registered user of the BARI website.

Funding for Groeger’s work was provided in part by a grant to BARI provided by the National Science Foundation.

Published On: April 1, 2015 |
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