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