Data desk

Data journalism and visualizations produced by the Boston Globe staff

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. By Rachel G. Bowers, Richard Morin and Trevor Hass

// When something goes medically wrong

Each year in Massachusetts hospitals, hundreds of patients are injured because of serious medical errors and other safety problems. Some die as a result of these mishaps.

// After missteps, Dunkin’ Donuts set for California expansion

The coffee chain is taking a first step in a strategy to challenge Starbucks’ stronghold on the West Coast.

Foreign students flocking to Boston

The region has the third-highest concentration of foreign students in the US, according to a report.

The most (and least) profitable professions in Massachusetts

Massachusetts workers ran companies and classrooms in 2013.

Pedestrians crossed at Beach Street and Harrison Avenue in Chinatown.

Most Boston pedestrian accidents go unreported

The state’s records on pedestrian accidents in Boston capture only a fraction of such accidents here, putting a crimp in safety efforts.

Data visualization


Following the political donations

Much of the money flowing into Massachusetts political campaigns comes from affluent neighborhoods in and around Boston, including some where the candidates live.

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.

MCAS results

Sortable Data

// 2013 MCAS rankings by district

Results for each of the state’s districts in English, math, and science, sorted by grade.

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.