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This report provides a descriptive snapshot of selected economic, social, educational, and demographic indicators pertaining to Latinos in the cities of Lynn, Nahant, and Saugus. It reflects a commitment by UMass Boston’s Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy to provide periodic updates on the growing Latino population in Massachusetts.

The report on Lynn, Nahant, and Saugus is part of a larger series that covers fourteen other cities, or clusters of cities, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Each report analyzes data from the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Data are analyzed by Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA), which consists of a minimum population of 100,000 and is the smallest geographic area publically available for individual-level analysis. According to the 2010 Census, Lynn accounted for three-quarters of the population of the PUMA containing these cities (75.0%), while Nahant accounted for 2.8% and Saugus 22.1%. The great majority of the Latino population lived in Lynn (96.3%), while 3.5% lived in Saugus and 0.2 % lived in Nahant. Thus, although the Latino population will be attributed to Lynn throughout this report, the data include the smaller Latino populations in Nahant and Saugus as well.

Since ACS data is collected from a sample of the population, there is some variation associated with each population estimate. In the bar graphs in this report, the ‘I’ that accompanies each bar represents the confidence interval for that estimate; we expect that another sample would generate an estimate within this interval 95% of the time.

In this report, Latinos are compared to non-Latino whites, non-Latino blacks, and Asians for selected demographic, economic, and social characteristics. The number of ethno-racial groups included in a particular analysis may vary; each ethnoracial group is included in the analysis only when the observed sample size is large enough to produce reliable population estimates.

Lynn, Nahant, and Saugus are home to an estimated 30,142 Latinos, who account for 24.9% of the area’s population. Whites make up a larger percentage of the area’s population (59.6%), while blacks represent 7.7% and Asians represent 6.3%.



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