Social, Demographic, and Economic Profile of Young Black and Latino Males, Boston, Massachusetts 2010-2018

by James Jennings

Apr 1, 2014

This research report presents and reviews data on poverty, education, household characteristics, and other demographic factors pertaining to the experiences of young black and Latino males in Boston. A range of census data and census-based population estimates and projections are analyzed.
  • Approximately one third (33%) of black males and 35% of Latino males in Boston are 19 years of age or younger. The comparable figure for whites is 16%.
  • Almost one third (32%) of all black students in grades 11 and 12 worked at a job. The citywide figure was 20%.
  • Over 45% of black and Latino grandparents in Boston are financially responsible for grandchildren under the age of 18.
  • Two thirds of white households are non-family households; the comparable figure for blacks is 37%, and for Latinos, 33%.
  • Of black, white, and Latino males and females ages 5 to 17, black males registered the highest percentage of disability status (19%), and black females the lowest (9%).