The city of Chelsea, MA has been for decades a city of immigrants. For as long as it has been a city, Chelsea has been the first stop for thousands of people just arriving in the United States, some refugees from war and famine, others simply looking for a better life.

According to the 2000 U.S. census, Chelsea has a total population of 32,792. Of these people, 36 percent of are foreign born, 48 percent are Latino, and 58 percent speak a language other than English at home.

U.S. Census, Chelsea

Chelsea Population Foreign Born Latino Language spoken in home - not English
32,792 36% 48% 58%

Your project is to learn what the City of Chelsea looked like 150 years ago. You will learn about our city and the people who lived here in the year 1860. How many residents were immigrants? Where were they from? What did they do for work? What, if any, industries were in Chelsea?

In this lesson, you will: