Boston is the state capital for Massachusetts, America’s sixth-most highly populated state capital city trailing Phoenix, Austin, Indianapolis, Columbus and Denver.
Guinness World Records points to Boston as hosting the greatest number of people who participated in a single-venue toast when, on April 20, 2012, a crowd of 32,904 fans celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of storied Fenway Park in a pregame baseball game ceremony. The record was supported by 40,000 cans of sparkling grape juice and plastic cups.
Another iconic Boston record was set when Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai finished the 26 miles and 385 yards (42.195 kilometers) of the prestigious Boston Marathon in the fastest time ever after 2 hours and 182 seconds on April 18, 2011.
Boston serves as headquarters for five massive corporations recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies. These formidable businesses are: multinational conglomerate General Electric; global financial services holding company State Street; communications infrastructure provider American Tower Corporation; real estate investment trust Boston Properties; and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Massachusetts shipped U$25.8 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Massachusite exports are gold, medical instruments and other equipment, machinery for making semiconductors, electronic integrated components, antisera and blood products, miscellaneous medications and civilian aircraft according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Boston was 3.4% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Boston, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Agganis Arena, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Bright Hockey Center, Fenway Park, Harvard Stadium, John Hancock Tower, Skywalk Observatory and the Castle at Boston University
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Boston, United States:
- Mark Wahlberg (aka Marky Mark), actor & singer (born Jun. 5, 1971)
- James Taylor, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter (born Mar. 12, 1948)
- Edward Norton, Academy Award-winning actor (born Aug. 18, 1969)
- Uma Thurman, actress (born Apr. 29, 1970)
- Aly Raisman, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist (born May 25, 1994)
- James Spader, actor (born Feb. 7, 1960)
- Jason Nash, comedian (born May 4, 1974)
- Leonard Nimoy (aka Spock), actor & director (born Mar. 26, 1931)
- David Norrie, football TV analyst & former NFL quarterback (born Nov. 30, 1963)
- Peter Wylde, Olympic equestrian gold medalist (born Jul. 30, 1965)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Boston resident: Bostonian
Population: 667,137 (Boston city limits)
Density: 13,778 people per square mile (5,320 per square kilometer)
Population: 4,732,161 (Greater Boston metropolitan region)
Density: 1,052 people per square mile (404 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$396.549 billion as of March 2015 (Greater Boston metropolitan region)
GDP per person: $83,799
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Boston: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 24, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 24, 2017
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Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on May 24, 2017
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United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 24, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 24, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 24, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Boston city flag. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Boston. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Greater Boston. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Wikipedia, Massachusetts. Accessed on May 24, 2017
Within city limits, Boston occupies 48.42 square miles (125.41 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 667,137 Bostonians in 2015.
Including the city of Boston plus its surrounding rural municipalities, cities and towns, the Greater Boston metropolitan region has a land area of 4,500 square miles (11,700 square kilometers) with a metropolitan region population of about 4.7 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Boston’s population density is 13,778 residents per square mile (5,320 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Greater Boston metropolitan region with an average 1,052 inhabitants per square mile (404 per square kilometer).
Bostonians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.