Massachusetts has undergone radical changes in its racial/ethnic composition in the last ten years. The Latino population, owing to its extraordinary growth rate during the last two decades, is the largest racial/ethnic minority group in the state. Yet relatively little is known about this population because of the "information gap." Based on 1990 census data, this article focuses on the growth and geographical distribution of Latinos in Massachusetts. It considers the undercount of Latinos, the growth of Latinos in the commonwealth from a national perspective, and assesses the increase of Latinos in the New England states. It explores the growth in numbers of Massachusetts Latinos within the context of changes in the racial/ethnic composition of the state's population and examines their growth and geographic distribution in the commonwealths cities and towns with the largest concentrations of Latinos. General policy implications are discussed.



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