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The city of Haverhill, Massachusetts, has 67,787 residents, of whom 15,998 identify as Latino, according to the 2020 Decennial Census. The city is majority non-Latino White (66.3%), with Latinos making up the second largest ethnic-racial group (23.6%). Latinos are a higher proportion of Haverhill’s population than of the statewide population, of which they account for 12.6%. Black, Asian, and “other” populations collectively make up only 10.1% of Haverhill’s population.

Between 2010 and 2020, Haverhill’s population increased by 11.2%, faster than the statewide increase of 7.4%. The Latino population’s 81.2% increase accounted for much of the city's growth. The statewide Latino population grew by 41.4% during this same time. The larger White population of Haverhill declined by 7.2%, while the Black population grew steeply, by 63.2%, and the smaller Asian population increased by 34.0%.

The remainder of this profile uses 2017–2021 American Community Survey data to analyze the demographic and economic characteristics presented in this profile.

With 11.7% of its population foreign-born, Haverhill has a lower share than the Commonwealth as a whole (17.3%). However, this is not the case among Latinos in Haverhill, as 32.4% of their population is foreign-born, similar to the Latino statewide share (32.1%). (Note that Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens by birth, whether born on the island or the mainland.)

Latinos in Haverhill look similar to those in other cities and towns around the Commonwealth. Two groups dominate the Latino community in Haverhill—Puerto Ricans and Dominicans—with more than 5,000 residents each. Colombians, Mexicans, and Guatemalans are the next largest Latino groups, though each number fewer than 1,000. Statewide, the five largest Latino populations in Massachusetts in order of size are Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Mexicans.

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Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //



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