May 8, 2019
By Simón Rios, 90.9 WBUR
Over the last generation, the Greater Boston region has seen a major shift in the racial makeup of its population, according to a new report from the Boston Foundation.
The study, titled “The Changing Faces of Greater Boston,” found that all 147 cities and towns in the region have seen increases in the number of people of color who call them home. But some parts of Boston are losing people of color, who are ending up further outside of the city.
In the past 25 years, the study found that the number of white residents has decreased by 350,000 — while the number of Latinos has increased by nearly the same number. The study also notes that a surge in immigration has helped add to the diversification.
The Boston Foundation’s Boston Indicators program conducted the study in collaboration with researchers at UMass Boston and the UMass Donahue Institute. (The Boston Foundation supports WBUR.)