Portuguese is the third most commonly spoken language in Massachusetts (after English and Spanish), accounting for about 2.6% of the total population.
Unofficial sources within our communities estimate that numbers of Portuguese speakers in the state are considerably higher, based on service statistics, school enrollments and other data sources.
The latest estimate (2014) shows almost 67,000 people of Brazilian ancestry living in Massachusetts (1% of total state population). Brazilians account for the majority of recent arrivals and tend to be younger adults (median age is 30 years old).
There are almost 308,000 people of Portuguese ancestry reported living in Massachusetts, making up 4.6% of the state population. The median age is 39 years old.
The latest estimate indicates that roughly 60,000 people of Cabo Verdean ancestry live in Massachusetts (0.9% of the total population), the median age being 41 years old.
Sources: 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates