How many people living in Massachusetts speak Portuguese?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Distribuição da densidade populacional do Massachusetts - Distribution of population density in Massachusetts.

Somebody found their way to the blog today using this search term and it's an interesting question, so I decided to check it out. The Portuguese Wikipedia has the following:
13,7% da população do Estado (881 400 habitantes) não nasceram nos Estados Unidos. Os maiores grupos de imigrantes do Estado são canadenses, chineses, portugueses e caribenhos.
= "13.7% of the population of the state (881 400 inhabitants - note this is the number of people that make up the 13.7, not the population of the state which is over 6 million) are born outside of the United States. The major immigrant groups of the state are Canadians, Chinese, Portuguese and those from the Carribean."

As well as this:
Entre 2000 e 2005, o número de imigrantes vivendo no Massachusetts aumentou em 15%, com brasileiros e latino americanos sendo os principais grupos de imigrantes. Durante este período, a população de latino americanos da América Central aumentou em 67,7%, e a população procedente da América do Sul aumentou em 107,5%. Entre sul-americanos, o maior crescimento foi registrado na comunidade brasileira, de 131,4%, com uma população estimada em 84 836 habitantes. Os efeitos da imigração são suficientes para neutralizar os efeitos da emigração inter-estadual, e tem aumentado a diversidade cultural da população do Estado.
= "In between 2000 and 2005, the number of immigrants living in Massachusetts increased by 15%, with Brazilians and Latin-Americans making up the principal groups of immigrants. During this period, the population of Latin-Americans from Central America increased by 67.7%, and the population from South America increased by 107.5%. Within South Americans the largest increase was from the Brazilian community, an increase of 131.4%, with an estimated population of 84 836 inhabitants. The effects of immigration are large enough to neutralize the effects of immigration between states, and have increased the cultural diversity of the population of the state.

So I guess the answer is somewhere around 85 000, maybe more.

Also, directly from the English Wikipedia page:
Fall River and New Bedford on the south coast have large populations of people with Portuguese, Brazilian, and Cape Verdean heritage, which is also very prevalent in the Brockton area. There is a growing Brazilian population in the Boston area (especially in Framingham) and also an abundant population of Brazilians thrive in Cape Cod especially in Barnstable, Falmouth, and Yarmouth.
and:
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 6.21% of the population aged 5 and over speak Spanish at home, while 2.68% speak Portuguese, 1.44% French, and 1.00% Italian.

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