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Boston Residents Lead Less Sedentary Lives Than Adults Nationwide

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two or more sessions of muscle strengthening activities. However, a large share of Americans do not exercise at all outside of getting up and going to work, and that share has […]

Boston Residents Thinner Than the Average American

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area, 22.9% of adults are […]

Massachusetts is America’s 2nd Healthiest State

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Life Expectancy in Boston Higher Than Nation

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH metro area, life expectancy is 80.5 years at birth, greater than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Massachusetts, life expectancy […]

Massachusetts Managed Better Than Most States

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Owning a Home is Less Common in Boston

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area, 61.2% of residents own their homes, lower than the national homeownership rate and the lowest of any metro area in Massachusetts. Young Americans are far […]

Poverty Rate in Boston Below National Level

An estimated 10.2% of residents in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area live below the poverty line, a smaller share than both the national poverty rate of 14.7% and the state’s poverty rate of 11.5%. Boston has the second lowest poverty rate of any Massachusetts metro area. A high school education can mean the difference between living […]

Why Students in Massachusetts Graduate College With More Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

Why Commutes Are Longer in Boston

The average resident of the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area spends 31.4 minutes commuting to work, longer than both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 29.7 minutes. Boston residents have the longest commute of any metro area in Massachusetts. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the distance to […]

Boston Residents Less Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 14.0% of adults in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area smoke, lower than the 17.0% national smoking rate and slightly lower than the 14.7% statewide smoking rate. The Boston smoking rate is the second lowest in Massachusetts. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the […]

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