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    English proficiency

    Percentage of residents who speak limited English

    These are the towns and cities in the Greater Boston area with the highest percentages of residents, age 5 and up, who have limited proficiency in English. The data is for 2005-2009.

    Chelsea 35.9%

    Everett 24.9%


    Malden 22.9%

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    Revere 20.8%

    Lynn 19.9%

    Boston 17.0%

    Framingham 17.0%


    Quincy 14.2%

    Randolph 13.5%

    Waltham 11.8%

    Medford 11.8%

    Somerville 11.7%


    Salem 11.1%

    Watertown 10.6%

    Brookline 8.5%

    Cambridge 8.4%

    Peabody 7.9%

    Newton 6.8%

    Lexington 6.4%

    Arlington 4.9%

    Sources: 5-year American Community Survey estimates for 2005-2009 and The Boston Foundation