As the tenth largest metropolitan area in U.S. with 4.6 million in population, Boston ranks 19th in America, as one of the nation’s centers of education, finance, industry, and tourism, with the ninth largest gross metropolitan product in the country. Greater Boston is home to the world’s largest concentration of colleges and universities. The area includes many community colleges, two-year schools, and internationally prominent undergraduate and graduate institutions. The graduate schools has more than 52 institutions of higher education including highly regarded schools of law, medicine, business, technology, international relations, public health, education, and religion. The first to be founded was the prestigious Harvard University, which is also the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. In 1861, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was founded and has grown into the premier technology center which has generated 75 Nobel Laureates. The metro area of Boston is contained in seven counties and has a population consisting of Hispanics 8%, Asians 6% and 7% African-American.
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