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MetroBoston DataCommon

A community snapshot of Arlington prepared by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council & the Boston Indicators Project at the Boston Foundation.

DataTown, Massachusetts

DataTown, Massachusetts, is a new tool from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership's Center for Housing Data. DataTown provides community profiles for Massachusetts communities which data on population, housing stock, jobs and labor force, and other datasets.

American Fact Finder

American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys.


The UMass Donahue Institute's Economic and Public Policy Research unit works with faculty on all five campuses to produce high-level economic and public policy research. The results of this research are disseminated as free-standing research reports and through MassBenchmarks, the journal of the Massachusetts economy published in cooperation with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

AARP Livability Index

The Livability Index is a signature initiative of the Public Policy Institute to measure the quality of life in American communities across multiple dimensions: housingtransportation, neighborhood characteristics, environment, health, opportunity, and civic and social engagement. An interactive, easily navigated website, the Livability Index allows users to compare communities, adjust scores based on personal preferences and learn how to take action to make their own communities move livable.