Charts and Numbers

Like I mentioned yesterday, this data is what the most people requested from me.  And, I thought I was the only one nerdy enough to find this interesting.  All the same, I’ll be posting mostly charts here.  If you want the numbers they are based on, ask I and will send.

Randolph grew mostly as an automobile suburb in the mid-20th century.  Here are the total population numbers over time:

In the last 40 years, the racial composition of Randolph’s population gradually changed into the racially balanced town we know today.

Randolph’s racial diversity, while impressive, is far less interesting than its ethnic diversity.  I think in Randolph, we usually thought of ourselves as Irish, Chinese, Haitian, or African-American rather than White, Asian, or Black.  In Randolph, no one group forms a majority of the town.  No ethnic group even forms a majority of its racial group, as seen in the charts below based on Census 2000 data.

Of course, change did not stop in 2000.  Unforunately, this is the best data we have until next year.  It looks like the biggest changes include the growth of the Vietnamese and Haitian populations and the shrinking of the Chinese, South Asian, and Jewish populations.

Another way to look at Randolph’s diversity is to think about the number of different languages spoken there.  I’ve heard there are about 40 languages spoken in the halls of Randolph High School.  The chart below shows the languages spoken at home in Randolph according to Census 2000.


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