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A melting pot stretches out to the suburbs

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Overall, immigrants make up 14 percent of the state’s population, up from 12 percent a decade ago, the figures show. Cities where immigrants have traditionally settled held steady, with more than a quarter of the population still composed of immigrants in Boston, Somerville, and Cambridge. Chelsea had 38 percent immigrants, the largest percentage in the state.

But the census figures also suggest that immigrants are charting new territory. Immigrants are now at least 10 percent of the population in 88 cities and towns, compared with 61 cities and towns in 2000, according to the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts, which analyzed the numbers.

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