Massachusetts

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  • Total Latino Population

    731,206

  • Median Age of Latinos

    27.1

  • Median Income of Latinos 16+

    $34,507

  • # of Latino Registered Voters

    155,000

  • Latinos Without Health Insurance

    6.4%

  • Latino Homeownership

    21.9%

  • Latinos as % of All Under 18

    16.8%

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From 2000 to 2014, the Latino population in Massachusetts increased by 68.6% and accounted for 77.4% of the state’s total population growth. 1

In 2014, Massachusetts’s Latino population totaled 731,206 and constituted 10.8% of the state’s total population. 2

Much of the Latino population is concentrated in Boston, Springfield, and Lawrence. 3The two counties with the largest Latino populations were Suffolk and Essex. 4

In 2014, Massachusetts’s Latino citizen voting age population numbered 312,000. 5

Furthermore, Latino registered voters totaled 155,000 and constituted 4.8% of all registered voters in the state. 6

Approximately 34.2% of Latino registered voters cast ballots during the November 2014 elections. 7

2014

The state of Massachusetts enacted MA H4001, which provides funding for a program that helps legal permanent residents become U.S. citizens. This program includes ESL and civics classes, help with applying for citizenship and preparing for their interview. 8

The state also passed MA H4377, which directed $3 million into a three-year pilot program called the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Under this initiative, individuals residing on nonresident visas would receive the chance to undergo entrepreneurial training. 9

81.2% of Latinos were citizens of the United States (68.3% were native born and 12.8% were naturalized). 10

31.7% of Latinos were foreign born. 11

76.9% of Latinos 5-years of age and older spoke Spanish. 12

Of Latino Spanish-speakers 5-years of age and older, 56.7% spoke English “very well”, 18.3% spoke English “well”, 15.9% spoke English “not well”, and 9.0% spoke English “not at all.” 13

The median age of Latinos was 27.1 years compared to 42.6 years for Whites. 14

32.0% of Latinos were under 18 years of age compared to 18.8% of Whites. 15

Latinos comprise 16.8% of all persons under the age of 18. 16

Of Latinos 25-years of age and older, 33.3% had less than a high school diploma (compared to 8.0% of Whites), 29.1% had a high school diploma, GED, or alternative credential (compared to 25.0% of Whites), 20.3% had some college or an Associate’s degree (compared to 24.0% of Whites), 10.4% had a Bachelor’s degree (compared to 24.6% of Whites), and 6.9% had a Graduate degree (compared to 18.4% of Whites). 17

Median household incomes totaled $34,507 for Latinos and $73,614 for Whites (in 2014 inflation-adjusted dollars). 18

6.4% of Latinos lacked health insurance compared to 2.5% of Whites. 19

21.9% of Latino households were owner occupied (compared to 66.8% of White households) and 78.1% were renter occupied (compared to 33.2% of White households). 20

11.6% of Latinos were unemployed compared to 5.6% of Whites. 21

The number of Latino-owned businesses grew 89.3% over a 10-year period, going from 15,933 in 2002 to 30,158 in 2012. 22 23

In 2012, receipts for Latino-owned businesses totaled $4.4 million, representing an increase of 81.5% from 2007. 24 25

In 2012, Latino-owned businesses employed 19,969 people with an annual payroll of $776,189. 26

In 2015, the Latino purchasing power in Massachusetts totaled $17.5 billion. 27

From 2000 to 2014, Massachusetts’s immigrant population increased 37.2%, growing from 772,983 in 2000 to 1,060,281 in 2014 (immigrant share of 15.7% in 2014). 28

In 2014, 34.0% of immigrants living in Massachusetts entered the U.S. before 1990, 22.0% entered between 1990 and 1999, 27.9% entered between 2000 and 2009, and 16.2% entered after 2010. 29

According to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 estimate, 34.9% of immigrants living in Massachusetts were born in Latin America, 30.5% were born in Asia, 21.7% were born in Europe, 9.7% were born in Africa, and 3.2% were born in other regions. 30

52.3% of all immigrants in Massachusetts were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2014. 31

In 2012, 582,591 people (or 15.5% of all registered voters in Massachusetts) were newly naturalized citizens or U.S. born children of immigrants. 32

In 2014, foreign-born workers totaled 685,080 and made-up 18.3% of Massachusetts’s workforce. 33

Between 2009 and 2013, 117,000 undocumented immigrants held permanent jobs in Massachusetts, representing 68% of the undocumented civilian population. 34 In 2008, The Perryman Group found that removing undocumented immigrants from Massachusetts would result in a $12 billion loss in economic activity and a $5.3 billion loss in gross state product, as well as a loss of 55,467 jobs. 35

Undocumented immigrants in Massachusetts paid $196.9 million in state and local taxes in 2012. 36

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