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Back Bay

Back Bay

Greatly influenced by the renovation of Paris in the mid-to-late 19th century.

Welcome to Back Bay

The Back Bay is one of America’s most desirable, and most expensive neighborhoods. The name quite simply comes from the fact that the area used to be a bay before it was filled in, a project that began in 1857 and was completed in 1882. 
 
Greatly influenced by the renovation of Paris in the mid-to-late 19th century, the main thoroughfares of the Back Bay emphasize order, with parallel streets, lettered alphabetically from A (Arlington) through H (Hereford), intersected by the Avenues of Beacon Street, Marlborough Street, Commonwealth Avenue, Newbury Street, and Boylston Streets. The streets are adorned by a grid of brownstone rowhouses, many of which remain as grand single-family mansions, and others of which have been converted to condominium dwellings. Popular streets for residential living include Commonwealth Avenue, with its wide avenue feel and grassy center mall, tree-lined Marlborough Street, and Beacon Street, which awards many of its owners with direct views of the Charles River. 
 
The Back Bay also houses luxury high-rise developments including the new Mandarin Oriental, Boston, and the Four Seasons, as well as boutique buildings including Le Jardin and the Barnes Mansion.
 
The Back Bay is also home to the posh shops of Newbury Street, trendy restaurants of Boylston Street, and some of Boston’s most recognized buildings including the Prudential Center, John Hancock Building, and Trinity Church, as well as the plentiful green spaces of Copley Square and the Boston Common.


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Overview for Back Bay, MA

19,041 people live in Back Bay, where the median age is 33 and the average individual income is $118,003. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

19,041

Total Population

33 years

Median Age

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$118,003

Average individual Income

Around Back Bay, MA

There's plenty to do around Back Bay, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

100
Walker's Paradise
Walking Score
86
Very Bikeable
Bike Score
95
Rider's Paradise
Transit Score

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Tot Cafe by Little Cocoa Bean, Bake & Bloom, and Pro Wellman Fitness.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 3.49 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.43 miles 15 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.79 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.81 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 1.48 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.26 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Back Bay, MA

Back Bay has 10,677 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Back Bay do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 19,041 people call Back Bay home. The population density is 41,147.626 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

19,041

Total Population

High

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

33

Median Age

46.56 / 53.43%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

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0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree
10,677

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$118,003

Average individual Income

Households with Children

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Without Children:

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Single
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Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Back Bay, MA

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The following schools are within or nearby Back Bay. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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