Berkshire Eagle: ‘Encouraging’ census results

‘Encouraging’ census results as Berkshire County grows more diverse, population loss slows

By Francesca Paris, The Berkshire Eagle  Aug 17, 2021

New census data shows the Berkshire County population growing more diverse, and a slower population loss than most had expected over the past decade. EAGLE FILE PHOTOOver the past 10 years, the non-Hispanic white population in Berkshire County fell, while the region gained Black, Asian, Hispanic and multiracial residents.

Berkshire County still ranks among the whitest regions in Massachusetts, with slightly less than 85 percent of all residents identifying as non-Hispanic white, according to new census data. Also, the county recorded the largest population decline in the state over the past decade, a loss of about 2,000 residents, or 1.7 percent of the population.

But, people who have been studying the data for years, and pushing the county to become more inclusive of diversity, say the census results come as good news.

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