BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Data released by the US Census on Thursday revealed that Massachusetts, like the rest of the country, has gotten more diverse as its population increased.
According to the data, the Bay State’s population grew by 7.4% over the last decade.
The latest numbers, which counted over seven million Massachusetts residents for the first time, recognized the state as the fastest growing in New England.
This growth is primarily driven by increasing communities of color. Massachusetts lost over 200,000 non-Hispanic white residents while residents identifying as Hispanic, or Latino grew from 10% to 13% in the past ten years.
The state’s data are also conjunctive with the rest of the country. Nationwide cities are growing, rural areas are shrinking, and the non-Hispanic white population dropped to 58% for the first time in American history.
More information about the racial and ethnic diversity in the United States can be found here.
WBZ’s John Baibak also reported on one Massachusetts’s county that saw some significant growth: