Westfield State University to launch Institute for Hispanic and Latin-American Education | masslive.com
The 2010 Census Bureau reports that nearly 10 percent of Massachusetts residents identify as Hispanic. A large portion of the state's Hispanic residents live in Western Massachusetts, particularly in Springfield and Holyoke, where Hispanics make up 38.9 and 48 percent of the municipal population respectively.
According to the 2011 Community Survey 21.4 percent of residents living in Hampden County are Hispanic while Hispanics in Hampshire and Franklin counties make up 4.9 percent of the population in each community. Dobelle said the university reflects the growth.