Immigration Overview
Berkshire County, Massachusetts

Berkshire County
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Every place in America is home to a unique group of immigrants, and Berkshire County, Massachusetts is no exception. This report uses the term immigrant more or less synonymously with the term foreign-born, meaning anyone residing in Berkshire County who was born in another country. Only the latter term is reported by the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), the primary data source for this report. 

How many people in Berkshire County were born in another country?

The foreign-born population includes both non-citizens and naturalized citizens living in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. It may include some Berkshire County residents who do not consider themselves true immigrants, such as students and expatriates from other countries. It does not include children with immigrant parents—many of whom were born on U.S. soil. The tiles below show a few basic statistics about Berkshire County that put the foreign-born population in context. 

By the Numbers:

Where do immigrants live throughout Berkshire County, Massachusetts?

This map shows the foreign-born population as a percent of each census tract's total population in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Hover over a census tract to see its percentage. 

What languages do immigrants speak at home in Berkshire County?

The ACS divides languages spoken by Berkshire County residents into several broad categories, based on the major families of spoken languages.

Asian and Pacific Island languages include Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Turkish, and languages spoken by indigenous people of Australia along with other Pacific cultures.

Indo-European languages include a huge swath of spoken languages, ranging from French to Farsi, along with the many languages spoken on the Indian subcontinent. English and Spanish are also Indo-European languages, but are recorded in separate categories.

Other languages include Arabic and Hebrew, many languages spoken in Africa, Native American languages, and Hungarian. 

How many immigrants in Berkshire County do not speak English well ?

This measure means that a Berkshire County resident reported speaking English "not well" or "not at all" in the American Community Survey. It excludes foreign-born residents who report speaking English "well" or "very well," or who spoke English as their only language. 

The bar chart below shows which languages are spoken by foreign-born Berkshire County residents who lack English fluency. 

About the Data

Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 5-year estimates. 

Percentage and number of foreign-born: Table DP02. 

Total population: Table B05012. 

Number of naturalized citizens: Table B05005. 

Percentage of foreign-born who do not speak English well: Table B16004. 

English Fluency and Spoken Language: Table B16005. 

This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.