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2017 Publication Archive

Puerto Ricans in Massachusetts: Demographic Profile and Fact Sheet

From the report, the "Key Takeaways":

  • In Massachusetts, the Puerto Rican community is extremely important. Puerto Ricans comprise a significant share of the state’s total population (4.4%), population under age nine (8.0%), and public school population (7.0%). This is especially true in the Gateway Cities.
  • Puerto Ricans in Massachusetts face considerable economic and social challenges, including lower levels of educational attainment and higher rates of poverty. An influx of new arrivals is likely to place greater pressures on an already-burdened community.
  • In order to achieve greater levels of economic and social stability within the Puerto Rican community, enhancements to social and economic policies that ensure access to workforce, education, and social bridging opportunities are critical.

Tags: Puerto Rican; Hispanic; Latino; disaster relocation


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