Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA

Densely populated, Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH Metro Area, anchored by the city of Boston, encompasses 7 counties.

The surrounding Greater Boston's cities are filled with ethnically distinct immigrants. As are other large metro areas, people group diversity dominates Greater Boston.

Boston’s Chinatown is the third largest Chinatown in the United States, coming in behind New York (Manhattan) and San Francisco. Another ethnic enclave is Koreatown in Allston Village, which includes parts of Cambridge Street and Brighton, Harvard, and Commonwealth Avenues.

These ethnic enclaves reinforce these people group's identity. Other people groups maintain their distinct identity by forming associations and celebrating special occasions (Such as the South Asian Showdown).

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Total Population: 4,899,932

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 812,077
  • Language Spoken at Home - 1,034,027

[Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • The 4th Most Densely Populated Metro Area in the United States.

  • The city is home to about 227,000 Jews, with some communities like Newton being nearly one-third Jewish American.

  • Home to a large number of European people groups.

  • Recent year - a great deal of immigration of Vietnamese and an increase in the number of Dominican.

  • Home to the 10th largest South Indian population in the United States, numbering over 65,000.

  • Home to many American affinity people groups - with Dominican and Haitian peoples being the largest demographically.

  • Home to numerous Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist Temples, along with Islamic Mosques and Jewish Synagogues.

  • Dorchester ranks in the top ten most diverse places in the United States.

  • Home to the largest population of Caboverdian Mestico (a Sub-Saharan African people group) from Cabo Verde, formerly known as Cape Verde. In Brockton, MA (a city just south of the city of Boston), the Caboverdian Mestico people annually celebrate their rich cultural heritage as illustrated in the following video.


Although Greater Boston has many sites and people significant to American history and culture plus is socio-culturally and socio-economically diverse, it is also ethnically and linguistically diverse. Moreover, being home to many well-known undergraduate and graduate schools, many international students call the Boston metro area their temporary home.

Boston is experiencing growth thanks to an immigration boom. Without immigration, the metro area population would have declined. The percent of foreign born has reached 17.3% and shows signs of increasing. Recent immigrants to the area come mostly from Latin American countries such as Haiti, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Guatemala, and Asian countries such as China, Vietnam, and India. Many are coming for jobs in the scientific and technological industries. Entrenched in a strong European heritage, Boston's European people groups dominant the landscape socio-culturally and linguistically.

In the past several decades, Asian nationalities have reshaped the foods offered, religions practiced, and languages spoken at home. Boston is continuously developing a more diverse population as immigrants from all over the world are making their home in the area. Significant groups of immigrants from East, South, and Southeast Asia have recently made their home in the greater Boston area.

People Group Highlights

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PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
GeorgianGeorgiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox1,200
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism32,182
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism31,256
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism17,364
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni12,694
Arab, MoroccanMoroccoNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni10,968
Arab, Syrian (Muslim)SyriaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni7,378
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism7,018
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam6,201
TeluguIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism5,900
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam5,602
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam4,738
Jew, IsraeliIsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesJewsEthnic Religions - Judaism4,300
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia3,505
TurkTurkeyCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam - Sunni3,480
Albanian, GhegKosovoEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesIslam - Sunni2,300
IvorianIvory CoastSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanEthnic Religions1,400
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism89,741
DominicanDominican RepublicAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal56,605
BrazilianBrazilAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal49,861
FrenchFranceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic43,815
HaitianHaitiAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity40,753
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic34,899
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox28,339
Cambodian, KhmerCambodiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism27,000

Ethnic Links

Albanian American National Association - a Boston-based association to perpetuate Albanian culture and customs.

Immigrant and Refugee Community Resources in Boston - a listing of various ethnic associations by nationality within the Boston Metro Area.