Losing Ground Fifth Edition Statistics for the Town of Boston

Land Use

These statistics describe changes in land use between 2005 and 2013. Estimates of acres of land converted from a natural state to a developed state can be found here, as well as the rate of development in comparison to other areas. Natural land consists of forest, wetland, and water; open land consists or agricultural areas, bare soil, or low vegetation; development includes low density residential and commercial/industrial/high density residential development. Percentage calculations are based on the state's total land area, excluding major waterbodies.
Rank in relation to other towns/cities is shown in parentheses.
There are 351 towns/cities in Massachusetts.

Rank in state

Total area of developed land (acres)26,2461
Total area of natural land (acres)2,189312
Total area of open land (acres)2,25565
Percent developed land83%10
Percent natural land7%344
Percent open land7%209
Total area (acres)31,76011
Total area (square miles)5011

Recent Development

Development trends between 2005 and 2013 are summarized below. Natural land consists of forest, wetland, and water; open land consists or agricultural areas, bare soil, or low vegetation; development includes low density residential and commercial/industrial/high density residential development.
Rank in relation to other towns/cities is shown in parentheses.
There are 351 towns/cities in Massachusetts.

Rank in state

Total area of new development (acres)13842
Natural land converted to development (acres)8270
Open land converted to development (acres)1306
Total development (acres per square mile)3165
Natural land converted to development (acres per square mile)0318
Open land converted to development (acres per square mile)350
Total area (acres)31,76011
Total area (square miles)5011

Protection

The level of protection for the area is summarized below. We also consider the proportion of important conservation resources that are protected in the area, including BioMap2 Core Habitat and Critical Natural Landscape, and relatively climate change resilient land. Percentage calculations are based on the state's total land area, excluding major waterbodies.
Rank in relation to other towns/cities is shown in parentheses.
There are 351 towns/cities in Massachusetts.

Rank in state

Overall area protected (acres)5,06381
Overall percent protected16%222
Area protected 2005 - 2013 (acres)4296
Percent BioMap2 Core Habitat protected45%168
Percent BioMap2 Critical Natural Landscape protected91%4
Percent TNC resilient land protected38%138
Total area (acres)31,76011
Total area (square miles)5011