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Census shows population loss in Beverly, gains in Salem, Peabody, Danvers

Posted by Sean Teehan  March 23, 2011 11:02 AM

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New census data shows a population decrease in Beverly, while several neighboring communities marked increases over the past decade.

With it's 2010 population tallied at 39,502, Beverly saw a 0.9 percent decrease since last decade's census, according to the 2010 figures. The data listed the city's racial makeup as about 93.3 percent white, 1.6 percent black, 1.7 percent Asian, and 3.5 percent Hispanic.

The decline in residents seemed in line with trends since 2000, said Beverly City Clerk Kathleen Connolly, who had not seen the data.

"I don't think it's very surprising," Connolly said in a telephone interview this morning. "We have seen [the population] go down a bit."

Danvers, which borders Beverly, saw it's population increase by about 5 percent to 26,493 people since 2000, census data said. It's racial makeup, data said, is about 95.2 percent white, 1.1 percent black, 1.9 percent Asian, and 2.3 percent Hispanic.

Neighboring city Peabody's population increased by about 6.5 percent over the past decade, now standing at 51,251 people, according to census data. Although he had not seen the data, Peabody City Clerk Tim Spanos said, in a telephone interview this morning, the increase about matched his predictions.

"I was expecting an increase just based on a number of large projects that have been constructed over the past 10 years," which include the Brooksby Village Retirement Living complex among other residential projects, Spanos said.

According to 2010 census data, Peabody's racial makeup is about 90.3 percent white, 2.4 percent black, 1.9 percent Asian, and 6.3 percent Hispanic.

One of Peabody's next-door neighbors, Salem, saw a population increase of about 2.3 percent, census data said. The population stood at 41,340 in 2010 according to data.

"There's been a lot of development in Salem" over the past decade, said Cheryl A. LaPointe, Salem's city clerk, in a telephone interview this morning. LaPointe had not seen the data.

2010 Census data shows Salem's racial makeup as about 81.5 percent white, 4.9 percent black, 2.7 percent Asian, and 15.6 percent Hispanic.

Census data for the state marked a 3.2 percent increase in 2010 to about 6.5 million people. Complete data for Massachusetts communities can be found on Boston.com.

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