Massachusetts is the fastest growing state in the Northeast — with many of its newest residents coming from other countries.
That's according to Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, the state's official 2020 census liaison.
Galvin said the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show Massachusetts is growing twice as fast as it did in the previous decade.
Since the last census, the population in Massachusetts has increased by an estimated 5.4 percent, reaching almost 7 million residents.
Galvin said that according to the new numbers, the driving factor behind Massachusetts' population growth appears to be international immigration.
He said while Massachusetts continues to lose population by residents moving to other states, the loss is offset by twice that number of people moving to the state from other countries.