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Between 2000 and 2010, nearly every community in Massachusetts saw its Latino population increase. Only six communities out of 351 in the state had Latino populations that stayed the same, and in just 12, Latino populations fell.
And around the state, towns and cities are beginning to change with their populations.
In Salem, the city recently announced it would hire a part-time Latino affairs coordinator to help foster connections between Latinos and city government.
In Marlborough, the senior center has started English and exercise classes designed to bring in Brazilians who live in the community.
In North Andover, the children’s room of the library began stocking books like “Buenas Noches Luna” — “Good Night Moon” — and other Spanish or bilingual titles.