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Census shows North Shore communities becoming more diverse

Since 2010, the population of Massachusetts has gone up 7.4 percent, bringing it above 7 million, according to the 2020 United States Census data released last week. 

Within that rise can be seen a trend of diversifying populations, with the portion of white residents dropping from 76.1 to 67.6 percent over the last decade. Populations of color are rising, with the biggest changes reflected among Hispanic and Latino (9.6 percent in 2010 to 12.6 percent in 2020), Asian (5.3 to 7.2 percent) and multiracial residents (1.9 to 4.7 percent).

This trend is also visible when examining the country as a whole, where, although white residents are still the majority, the population dropped by 8.6 percent. In comparison, residents identifying as more than one …

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