Massachusetts Foreign-Born Population Percentage by City

Data Item State
Foreign born persons, percent, 2014-2018 - (Percent)
City Value
Abington 8.4
Adams 4.7
Agawam Town 7.4
Amesbury Town 3.9
Amherst Center 13.8
Andover 13.9
Arlington 19.5
Athol 4.9
Attleboro 9.8
Barnstable Town 14.2
Belmont 24.5
Beverly 7.4
Bliss Corner 14.1
Boston 28.5
Braintree Town 15.2
Bridgewater 4.5
Brockton 29.6
Brookline 28.4
Burlington 22.2
Cambridge 28.8
Chelsea 45.5
Chicopee 7.8
Clinton 13.8
Cochituate 15.4
Danvers 8.7
Dedham 14.2
East Falmouth 6.2
Easthampton Town 5.2
Everett 40.3
Fall River 20.8
Fitchburg 11.1
Foxborough 7.1
Franklin Town 7.2
Gardner 5.9
Gloucester 9.3
Greenfield Town 6.0
Haverhill 8.5
Hingham 3.4
Holbrook 14.2
Holyoke 5.8
Hudson 19.0
Hull 5.5
Kingston 1.8
Lawrence 39.5
Leominster 14.7
Lexington 27.1
Longmeadow 10.4
Lowell 28.3
Lynn 36.2
Lynnfield 8.0
Malden 43.7
Mansfield Center 6.2
Marblehead 11.1
Marlborough 24.3
Maynard 10.3
Medfield 7.8
Medford 21.4
Melrose 12.2
Methuen Town 19.7
Middleborough Center 4.8
Milford 16.3
Milton 14.6
Nantucket 10.6
Needham 13.6
New Bedford 20.0
Newburyport 8.0
Newton 22.3
North Adams 3.9
North Amherst 16.0
North Scituate 2.3
Northampton 7.7
Northborough 9.9
Norwood 18.8
Oxford 5.3
Palmer Town 5.0
Peabody 15.2
Pinehurst 9.7
Pittsfield 7.0
Plymouth 9.5
Quincy 32.5
Randolph 32.2
Reading 8.8
Revere 38.7
Salem 15.8
Saugus 12.6
Scituate 10.6
Sharon 19.6
Somerset 8.4
Somerville 24.0
South Yarmouth 8.8
Southbridge Town 4.7
Spencer 9.5
Springfield 9.8
Stoneham 13.2
Swampscott 11.2
Taunton 12.6
Wakefield 8.9
Walpole 14.0
Waltham 28.4
Ware 4.9
Watertown Town 20.6
Webster 7.5
Wellesley 15.9
West Concord 11.8
West Springfield Town 15.5
West Yarmouth 11.0
Westfield 10.0
Weymouth Town 11.2
Whitinsville 6.5
Wilmington 10.0
Winchester 17.3
Winthrop Town 16.0
Woburn 19.6
Worcester 21.3
Yarmouth Port 4.9

Data item: Foreign born persons, percent, 2014-2018

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey (ACS) and Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS), 5-Year Estimates. The PRCS is part of the Census Bureau's ACS, customized for Puerto Rico. Both Surveys are updated every year.

Definition The foreign-born population includes anyone who was not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national at birth. This includes respondents who indicated they were a U.S. citizen by naturalization or not a U.S. citizen. For the complete definition, go to ACS subject definitions "Citizenship Status."

Source and Accuracy This Fact is based on data collected in the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS) conducted annually by the U.S. Census Bureau. A sample of over 3.5 million housing unit addresses is interviewed each year over a 12 month period. This Fact (estimate) is based on five years of ACS and PRCS sample data and describes the average value of person, household and housing unit characteristics over this period of collection.

Statistics from all surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error. Sampling error is the uncertainty between an estimate based on a sample and the corresponding value that would be obtained if the estimate were based on the entire population (as from a census). Measures of sampling error are provided in the form of margins of error for all estimates included with ACS and PRCS published products. The Census Bureau recommends that data users incorporate this information into their analyses, as sampling error in survey estimates could impact the conclusions drawn from the results. The data for each geographic area are presented together with margins of error at Using margins of error. A more detailed explanation of margins of error and a demonstration of how to use them is provided below.

For more information on sampling and estimation methodology, confidentiality, and sampling and nonsampling errors, please see the Multiyear Accuracy (US) and the Multiyear Accuracy (Puerto Rico) documents at "Documentation - Accuracy of the data."

Margin of Error As mentioned above, ACS estimates are based on a sample and are subject to sampling error. The margin of error measures the degree of uncertainty caused by sampling error. The margin of error is used with an ACS estimate to construct a confidence interval about the estimate. The interval is formed by adding the margin of error to the estimate (the upper bound) and subtracting the margin of error from the estimate (the lower bound). It is expected with 90 percent confidence that the interval will contain the full population value of the estimate. The following example is for demonstrating purposes only. Suppose the ACS reported that the percentage of people in a state who were 25 years and older with a bachelor's degree was 21.3 percent and that the margin of error associated with this estimate was 0.7 percent. By adding and subtracting the margin of error from the estimate, we calculate the 90-percent confidence interval for this estimate:

21.3% - 0.7% = 20.6% => Lower-bound estimate
21.3% + 0.7% = 22.0% => Upper-bound estimate

Therefore, we can be 90 percent confident that the percent of the population 25 years and older having a bachelor's degree in a state falls somewhere between 20.6 percent and 22.0 percent.

For this Fact, its estimates and margins of error along with percents and percent margins of errors can be found on American Community Survey, Data Profiles-Social Characteristics

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