Language Translation Boston: Spotlight on Language Access Needs

Language Translation Boston: A U.S. Cities Spotlight on Language Access Needs

Language Translation Boston: A U.S. Cities Spotlight – Boston has a long history as a haven for immigrants, and Boston’s immigrant population has continued to grow, even while similar cities were experiencing declines. According to recent reports from Pew Research Center, the majority of the 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States live in just 20 major metropolitan areas – and Boston, Massachusetts ranks number 12, behind cities with the largest populations, such as New York, Los Angeles, Houston, etc. 

Telelanguage has been providing our customers with the highest quality translation services and interpretation services in Boston, MA, and across the United States – for 27 years. The following is a snapshot of language access needs in Boston, Massachusetts.


Language Translation Boston

Spotlight on Boston: Language Access and Translation Needs

  • Boston’s foreign-born population grew from 151,836 to 177,461 from 2000 to 2014.
  • The foreign born accounted for 27.1% of the city’s population
  • Boston has the 7th highest share of foreign-born residents among the 25 largest U.S.      cities.
  • Naturalized citizens made up 49% of Boston’s foreign-born population.
  • 51.1% of Boston’s children age 0 to 17 lived with at least one foreign-born parent in 2014.

Source: Boston Redevelopment Authority


Top 10 Languages Spoken in Boston, MA:Data USA - Bar Chart of Non-English Speakers (Boston)

  1. Spanish
  2. Chinese
  3. French Creole
  4. Vietnamese
  5. Portuguese
  6. French
  7. African Languages
  8. Russian
  9. Arabic
  10. Italian




Most Common Countries of Origin (Boston):

  1. China – 82,272 immigrants (2015)
  2. The Dominican Republic – 81,841 (2015)
  3. Brazil – 61,232 (2015)


Citizenship in Boston, MA:

As of 2015, 85.9% of Boston residents in Boston were U.S. citizens (national average 93%). The percentage of citizenship when compared to 2014 (85.9%), has not been growing.


Translation & Interpretation Needs: Boston, MA (Infographic)

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