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1.5.2 Degree of Residential Segregation
Why is this important?

Although a majority of Boston’s residents are people of color, Greater Boston and Massachusetts are still predominantly white.  And while increased diversity can add great cultural vibrancy and vitality to a region, persistent residential segregation and can lead to isolation and ultimately drive people away from Metro Boston. 

How are we doing?

Boston and the region remain largely segregated along lines of race and ethnicity, despite growing diversity. People of color and newcomer immigrants are highly concentrated in Greater Boston’s “gateway” cities. 

Within Boston, the neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the North End, South End and West Roxbury remained more than 60% white in 2010.  By contrast, people of color comprise more than 80% of the population in areas of Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan and East Boston.

As of 2010, cities & towns with the highest percentage of African American residents were: Randolph at 377; Brockton at 30%, Boston at 22%, and Springfield at 19.5%.  Since 2000, the greatest increase in African American residents has been in Randolph, +16.5%, Brockton, +13% and Everett, +7.5%.

Quincy had the highest concentration of Asians at 24% followed by Lowell and Malden with 20% and Lexington with 19.8%.  The greatest increase in Asian population was in the suburbs of Boston.

In 2010, Lawrence had the highest concentration of Latinos at 74%, followed by Chelsea, 62%, and Holyoke 48%.  The Latino population is growing the fastest in Revere, +15%, Lawrence +14% and Lynn +13.7%

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