There are 7,980 people per square mile in the Boston-Cambridge-Newton metro area, higher than the national population density of 6,321 Americans per square mile across all U.S. metro areas. Boston also has the highest population density of any Massachusetts metro area.

Population density can have a meaningful impact on home prices in an area. There tends to be more demand for available real estate in more densely populated areas, and home prices are often higher as a result. In Boston a typical home is worth $393,000, more than the national median home value of $194,500. Boston has the highest median home value of any metro area in the state.

Dense metropolitan areas are often the most congested, with the average worker spending up to 38 minutes commuting to work in some cities. The average commute in Boston lasts 30.8 minutes, longer than the average commute time for Massachusetts as a whole of 29.7 minutes and the highest of any metro area in the state.

Rank Metro Area Population Density
10 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 6,920.5
9 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 7,395.3
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 7,773.2
7 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 7,980.1
6 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,417.7
5 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 8,613.4
4 Honolulu, HI 11,548.2
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 12,113.9
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 12,144.9
1 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 31,251.4