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Visualizing population density: Boston

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If you’re interested, you can check out the first post in this series (the San Francisco Bay Area) for a few words about I’m doing this, as well as the methodology I used. With that said, on to the pictures!

3 people per acre (Canton, MA)

3, Canton


9 (Brookline, MA)

9, Brookline


12 (Norwood)


12, Norwood


15 (West Roxbury)

15, West Roxbury


23 (Quincy)

23, Quincy

30 (West Roxbury)

30, West Roxbury

35 (Dorchester)

35, Dorchester

50 (Boston)

50, Boston

52 (Brookline)

52, Brookline

55 (Boston)

55, Boston

55 (Cambridge)

55, Cambridge

75 (Boston)

75, Boston

82 (Charlestown)

82, Charlestown

120 (Boston)

120, Boston


This block and the next are at substantially higher densities than comparable San Francisco townhouse neighborhoods. The width of the street accounts for a substantial part of this.

135 (Boston)

135, Boston

175 (Boston)

175, Boston

190 (Boston)

190, Boston

Again, narrow streets contribute substantially to higher densities than San Francisco.



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