Sarah Philbrick

Socioeconomic Analyst

Department: Data Services – Research
Phone: 617-933-0733


Sarah Philbrick is currently a Socioeconomic Analyst at MAPC. She joined MAPC’s Data Services Department in June 2016. Sarah’s primary responsibility is to provide population, housing, and employment projections to help inform the agency’s plans and policy objectives. She also leads the agency’s scenario planning work, oversees a database of past, present, and future development in the region to help the agency better understand development and housing trends, and conducts other research activities in support of sustainable regional planning.

Sarah spent one year as a Land Use and Transportation Analyst with the Data Services department before her current role as Socioeconomic Analyst. Prior to joining MAPC Sarah worked as a research assistant at The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise at Clark University. There she analyzed and updated statistical profiles of mid-sized cities in New England. This work was used to aid the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston with its Working Cities Challenge competition. She was co-author and research coordinator of the report “Data Profiles of Massachusetts Gateway Cities.” Sarah also spent one term with the NASA DEVELOP Program where she worked with the USDA assessing apple orchard suitability in Washington State using climate models and NASA Earth Observations.

Sarah graduated with a Masters in Geographic Information Science from Clark University in August, 2016 where her studies focused on land change science.
Sarah holds a B.A. in Economics, also from Clark University, where her research focused on urban structure and commute patterns in Worcester, MA, 1918.

Areas of Expertise: Scenario modeling, demographic trends, socioeconomic modeling, land change models, urban economics.