Data desk

Data journalism and visualizations produced by the Boston Globe staff

Bicyclists at the corner of Somerville Avenue and Beacon Street wait for the green light.

Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

Bicyclists at the corner of Somerville Avenue and Beacon Street wait for the green light.

Bike fatalities rise in Greater Boston’s suburbs

The number of reported bicycle accidents has increased in recent years, and fatalities have more than tripled. By Steven A. Rosenberg and Catherine Cloutier

// Bicycle crash numbers up on Cape Cod and islands

Between 2010 and 2012, the yearly number of bicycle crashes increased by nearly 60 percent in the vacation destination.

// How common are skydiving accident deaths? Not very.

Despite two recent tragedies in Massachusetts resulting in three deaths, only 8 in a million skydiving jumps result in a fatality.

// After stagnant MCAS results, 6 more schools ‘underperforming’

Third-graders failed to budge years of low reading scores, with only 57 percent scoring proficient or advanced.

// Child poverty continues to climb in Mass.

The issue is partly caused by costly day care and housing and the proliferation of low-wage jobs, specialists said.

Faces of Friday Night

The carefully orchestrated drama that is a Friday night high school football game has its main characters, a supporting cast, and a backstage crew, all of whom play critical roles in putting on the show.

The most (and least) profitable professions in Massachusetts

Massachusetts workers ran companies and classrooms in 2013.

MCAS results

How did your district and school do?

Search school districts | Full list
2014 Massachusetts MCAS Rankings
District rankings: | | | | | |
School rankings: | | | | | |

Boston homicide map

Interactive graphic

// Boston homicides in 2014

Information about victims of homicides in Boston in 2014.

Massachusetts housing prices

Sortable table

// Median prices by town

Median sales prices have climbed above the 2005 peak in more than 60 Massachusetts communities. Compare the numbers for each Bay State city and town.

Shadow Campus

Interactive database

// Tracking the dorm shortfall

Surging enrollment has outpaced schools’ ability to house students both in Boston and nationwide, though some schools point out that not all students want or require on-campus housing.


Next door: Town comparison tool

Choose two Greater Boston communities and see how they stack up against each other.


History of gay marriage

// A timeline of same-sex marriage in the US

Several states’ constitutional bans on same-sex marriage have been struck down as unconstitutional. Most of those rulings have been put on hold as the cases go through the appeals process.

Jared Remy

Interactive timeline

// Jared Remy’s troubled past

Hundreds of pages of public records reveal accounts that Jared Remy terrorized five different girlfriends, and that courts repeatedly let him off with little more than probation.

Violence in schools

Interactive map

// Map of school shootings since 2013

There have been 74 school shootings since the beginning of 2013, according to data compiled by, a group that advocates against gun violence.

2014 Boston Marathon

Interactive Graphic

// Faces of the field

About 36,000 runners arrived in Hopkinton with a single goal: finishing the Boston Marathon.