Who lives here: Digging deep into Boston's demographics

Simón Rios

More than 650,000 people live in Boston — tiny by comparison to other major cities — but nearly 5 million inhabit the metro area. Boston itself officially became a majority-minority city in 2000, meaning fewer than half of residents identify as “non-Hispanic white.” Latinos, Black and Asian people make up most of the rest. We’ve got very rich people, a middle class struggling with rising housing prices and about one in six of our residents are officially in poverty.