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Boston’s immigrant population up 20 percent since 2000

Boston may have become a hot place to live for millennials and empty nesters, but the city remains a beacon for immigrants, too.

The number of foreign-born residents of Boston increased by nearly 20 percent from 2000 to 2014, according to a report from the Boston Redevelopment Authority; immigrants constituted 27 percent of the city’s population of 656,051 in 2014.

The Dominican Republic has surpassed China as the top country of origin for Boston’s immigrants, with Haiti being the third-largest source. And while East Boston by far has the highest concentration of immigrants, most of the city’s neighborhoods are home to a substantial population of foreign-born residents.

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