Boston Indicators

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Luc Schuster, Executive Director

Boston Indicators is a research center at the Boston Foundation that seeks a thriving Greater Boston for all residents across all neighborhoods. We do this by analyzing key indicators of well-being and by researching promising ideas for making our city more prosperous, equitable and just. To ensure that our work informs active efforts to improve our city, we work in deep partnership with community groups, civic leaders and Boston’s civic data community to produce special reports and host public convenings.

In 2022, Boston Indicators received a grant from the Barr Foundation to provide data and analysis on the racial wealth gap in the Boston region. Over the next three years, they will explore dimensions of wealth such as entrepreneurship and home ownership in collaboration with other experts on these issues. Separately on the same topic, the Boston Indicators' parent organization, The Boston Foundation is working with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to conduct a survey of wealth inequality across Massachusetts, slated to begin sometime in  2023/2024.


Peter Ciurczak
Research Analyst
Kelly Harrington
Kelly Harrington
Senior Research Manager
Aja Kennedy
Research Fellow
Lucas Munson
Senior Research Analyst
Luc Schuster, Director
Luc Schuster
Executive Director

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

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Jessie Partridge, Research Analyst II and Data Engagement Specialist

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston.

We work toward sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources, efficient and affordable transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds.

MAPC is governed by representatives from each city and town in our region, as well as gubernatorial appointees and designees of major public agencies. Each municipality in our region belongs to one of eight subregions, each led by one MAPC staff member. The MetroWest subregion is led by an independent board and director. Each subregion includes municipal officials and regional and community stakeholders, all of whom work together to develop an annual work plan and priorities.

John Cruz
Senior Housing and Land Use Planner
Conor Gately
Senior Land Use and Transportation Analyst
Guy Hydrick
GIS Administrator
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Stephen Larrick
Digital Services Manager
Brandon Stanaway
Socioeconomic Analyst
Tim Reardon
Director of Data Services
Jessie Partridge
Research Analyst II and Data Engagement Specialist


October 1, 2023
Over the past few months NNIP Partners have been using data to explore drivers of Black wealth to better understand the dynamics of wealth and inform strategies to build wealth. We highlight a few... [read more]
January 1, 2023
The Racial Wealth Equity Resource Center is a special initiative of Boston Indicators, the research center at The Boston Foundation. Across our... [read more]
December 11, 2019
Eliminating carbon emissions. Advancing equity and resilience. Public health. Economic growth. How do we align those critical needs? That's what the MAPC... [read more]


April 4, 2024
Blog post - By: Peter Ciurczak

Boston Indicators

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January 31, 2024
Blog post - By: Luc Schuster, Peter Ciurczak

Boston Indicators

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December 19, 2023
Blog post - By: Alyssa Haywoode

Boston Indicators

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November 9, 2023
Meeting Materials - By: National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership

Metropolitan Area Planning Council, CTData Collaborative, University Center for Social and Urban Research, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

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November 9, 2023
Presentation - By: Urban Institute

Metropolitan Area Planning Council


Partner Webinars

December 31, 1969

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Presenters Anne Calef, Boston Indicators, Liz Monk, University Center for Social and Urban Research (Pittsburgh), Aaron Brenner, University Center for Social and Urban Research (Pittsburgh), Leah Hendey, Urban Institute (DC), Elizabeth Burton, Urban Institute (DC)
December 31, 1969

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Presenters Leah Sakala, Urban Institute (DC), Peter Ciurczak, Boston Indicators, Anne Calef, Boston Indicators, Ellie Lochhead, Housing Solutions Lab (New York), Layla Bellows, Neighborhood Nexus (Atlanta)