15 States with the Highest Share of Immigrants in Their Population

Jens Manuel Krogstad and Michael Keegan, Pew Research, May 14, 2014

A sharp rise in the number of immigrants living in the U.S. in recent decades serves as a backdrop for the debate in Congress over the nation’s immigration policies. In 1990, the U.S. had 19.8 million immigrants. That number rose to a record 40.7 million immigrants in 2012, among them 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants.

Over this period, the number of immigrants in the U.S. increased more than five times as much as the U.S.-born population (106.1% versus 19.3%), according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data. As a result, from 1990 to 2012, the share of immigrants in the entire U.S. increased from 7.9% in 1990 to 13.0% in 2012.

Today there are four states in which about one-in-five or more people are foreign born–California, New York, New Jersey and Florida. By contrast, in 1990, California was the only state to have more than a fifth of its population born outside the U.S.



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  • WR_the_realist

    Despite having had some Somalian refugees dumped into Concord New Hampshire is for the most part blissfully free of immigrants. We suffer terribly for this lack of diversity by not having a state income or general sales tax, and having schools with the highest average SAT scores among those states where most students take the SAT.

    • APaige

      I live in California and we have high taxes…low performing school in ‘certain’ areas, average SAT scores, earthquakes, fires, Hollywood, etc. But man as a former Midwesterner…just can not beat the weather.

      • B.E.L.

        The weather is awesome in California, but you basically have two choices living in California…. You can either live in poor or middle class neighborhoods that are full of Mexicans (and all the problems that come with them) or you can move into expensive communities where all the white people that can afford it, have moved to. We could not afford to buy in those communities, so we rented there until our children were out of school.

        In a few years I will retire and then it’s bye bye Calmexico, hello Idaho! I’ll miss the weather, but that is about all I will miss.

        • B.E.L.

          I should add…..Northern California middle class cities are fairing far better than central and southern California cities. So my statement mostly applies to Central Cali on down.

        • Depending on all kind of factors, but you might want to consider living in one Idaho area while you get a feel for that area, and also at the same time get some information and feel for other places in the state too. The different regions are not politically the same. The state is one of the most conservative, but “conservative” can be mean a lot of different things.

          In the past, Japanese internment camps were in Idaho. There is a lot of exploitable guilt over this. The Idaho capital has a Jewish Holocaust building or some such, and the large urban area that includes the capitol is turning Hispanic. The first American Nazies had some members come up to Idaho, and at intervals after that there have been Nazi-types coming up to Idaho. And there is a lot of negative feeling by some toward the Nazi’s moving here. The top floor of the capitol’s rotunda has a large statue of the ancient goddess of victory, sent by France as thanks for the help in defeating the Nazis in world war II.

          The Sun Valley area is not only very rich, but seems to be standard liberal rich.

          The different areas of the state can vary quite a bit in terms of religious fundamentalism, anti-pro-racial-white, anti-conservative (the minority that is not conservative is silent but hostile to being in the minority), “intellectuality” (not always that into discussing world issues).

          Interesting fact: the last national census had only 1.6 million in the whole state.

    • ElComadreja

      Going to NH today to stock up on beer. I haven’t bought beer in Taxachusetts for about four years, lol.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Dumped? They were dropped off all over the country, like a B-1 nuclear bomber dropping nuclear bombs out of the bomb bay at high speed and low altitude before escaping. “Liberals” are literally doing the same thing to us with these black destroyers they are foisting upon every all white community.

  • Glad to see Alabama among the missing. Of course, the “heart of Dixie” has more than its share of those pesky immigrants from Africa who descended on the cotton fields a few hundred years ago. As far as my current location, Texas, is concerned, when it entered the union, it reserved the right to break itself up into something like 9 or 11 states. It’s going to have to do that. South Texas is already the real New New Mexico. Whites in some parts of the state aren’t going to continue to subsidize the south part.

    • DonReynolds

      Unfortunately…..the ability to subdivide Texas into three states was lost when the state was “re-admitted” to the Union after the Civil War. Texas must be defended or lost…..from the Rio Grande to the Red River.

    • mobilebay

      big ‘un, looks like we followed the same itinerary – Alabama to Texas (me by virtue of marriage) Love Texas, but my heart is still in the deep south.

  • trouble maker

    I have lived in Montana myself and it is beautiful , with lots of big busted farm girls.Unfortunately because the drinking age was 18 back in the seventies I had to leave town after finding out that one of the girls I was partying with for several weeks was only sixteen. I once saw what looked like the curvature of the Earth from atop a mountain on the Big Boy indian Reservation because you can see eighty miles from there.

  • Pro_Whitey

    I like what the chart shows about Arizona. Look at the spike from 1990 to 2000, and then the drop from 2000 to 2012. An indication that enforcement works, even when handicapped in about every conceivable way. (Yes, I realize the percentage actually went up, but slightly compared to other states, and it’s a border state with a wide open border.)

  • TruthBeTold

    New York and California. Two states with collapsing economic infrastructures.

    Tell me again how immigration is good for our economy?

    If New York didn’t have Wall Street to keep it afloat, it would be an economic basket case.

    • Oil Can Harry

      And Califoreigner would likewise be sunk without Silicon Valley.

      Both states (like the country itself) being kept afloat by a shrinking group of white men.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Here in CA we are being destroyed by the cost of subsidizing the existence of brown mexican invaders. State officials recently said that 1.4 million more people will be enrolled in Medi – Cal (tax payer funded Medicaid welfare) than they expected with 900,000 people still in the back log! This will bring the total number of people enrolled in Medi-Cal to an astonishing 11.5 million or nearly 1/3 of the entire state!

    “The exploding enrollment partly reflects California’s poverty rate, the
    highest of any state, according to a recent study from the U.S. Census
    Bureau. To qualify for Medi-Cal, a family of three must have income of
    no more than $27,311 annually.”

    “The expansion is “a huge social commitment on the part of the
    taxpayers of California,” Brown said as he released his revised,
    $156-billion budget proposal. “I’m proud we did it.

    “But we have to also take into account that this thing is growing,” he said, and it
    will absorb money that interest groups and some Democratic lawmakers
    hoped could pay for more social services.”

    Nope it’s not enough that Whitey subsidized the medical care of 1/3 of the population, Whitey needs to pay for MORE social services. Why it’s almost as if the politicians believe that brown people are incapable of doing anything for themselves.

  • I knew CA was #1
    i would of guess Florida #2
    If our elected leaders really gave a rats, but for the middle working class, who
    keeps things going and growing, would put an end to this. They must no notice the unemployment to job ratio.
    Washington has abandon its people over power and money. What is that called,,,,,oh ya.
    it is a form of tyranny as well treason. Too bad the Feds have grown to large for us people to do anything about it, Freedom and Lyberity in todays world looks more and more like an illusion

  • Bossman

    New York City has always been the gateway for immigrants from Europe. Immigrants now come from all over the world, but their idea of America has always been New York City and sunny California.

  • tetrapod

    We can scream all we want about inept politicians, evil tribal machinations, moonbat leftoids, and on and on. Here’s a solution so simple even Biden can understand it: 1) close the borders now; 2) curtail all immigration now; 3) deport all illegals now; 4) more white babies now.

    • Sick of it

      Sounds like a plan that would be supported by a good chunk of the nation. Unfortunately, they aren’t represented in Washington.

  • IstvanIN

    NJ is a majoring dumping ground for so-called refugees from Burma. Not to mention the huge Cuban, Haitian, Dominican, DotIndian and Mestizo population. And of course the Puerto Ricans.

    • CallahanAuto

      A friend of mine has started calling our NJ town “Little Afghanistan.” We have a lot of diversity: Hispanics, Arabs, whites, a handful of blacks. But guess who volunteers for everything, from the PTA to coaching youth sports?

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Wow, what a glorious future that promises to be, especially with the demographic you mentioned. All the dregs of the third world pouring into the United States, as if it were one great big toilet bowl. I feel sorry for the next generation of whites.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Indeed, here in my area sometimes I feel as though I was put into the CHT a.k.a. “S**t Tank” aboard ship while it was not empty. Today I relaxed because where I was there were only white faces, no blacks, browns, Muslims, Mexicans or Asians.

  • APaige

    I grew up in the Midwest and moved to California in my late 30’s. I love the Golden State. I meet great people who moved from different states. Native White Californians are just as nice as White people in the Midwest. (except from Iowa and Wisconsin-Whites from there are just the nicest) I live between LA and San Diego in an area with two towns that have over 100,000 people (or should I write persons?) Both are majority White, which means safe…etc. Other White people should remember that Whites in California are fighting the good fight and the State is worth it. And when its February and 75 outside I will think of Montana.

    • r j p

      What do California, Iowa, and Wisconsin have in common?
      There is a large percentage of whites voting to become a minority.

  • Bob Varkin

    Nevada has steadily risen and with our “affirmative action agenda,” they literaly ask you questions in job interviews like “how do you deal with people from other ‘diverse’ races.”

  • TXCriollo

    Texas due to the tech boom has a lot, but most are on contract and leave

  • MBlanc46

    Alas, I live in number 10 (Illinois). There was an item on Amren yesterday about an riot in a northwest suburban high school. It was between blacks and Mexicans, the latter now making up 51% of the student body. That was absolutely unheard of thirty years ago.

    • DonReynolds

      Time to take out the trash.

  • DonReynolds

    The only Southern states are around the edges……Virginia, Florida, and Texas.
    We can deal with that.

  • DonReynolds

    Until the American Revolution, those arriving in British America from the British Isles were not immigrants. An immigrant is a person to goes to another country. Those British who came to British American were guaranteed by the Crown that their rights and their status as subjects would not be altered. It was as it they were still in England.

    • ElComadreja

      I’m sick of this “nation of immigrants” red herring. All of us born on American soil are, get ready……….Native Americans.

  • I am very happy that most folks dislike the winters here in Colorado. Heck; I even still hate the Front Range winters, and my family moved here in 1972, but the area suits me, especially as I have a machine shop in the basement.

    We don’t want them here.

  • ElComadreja

    I’m amazed Massachusetts actually ranked down. In many parts of the Boston area you’d swear you were in some Caribbean third world hellhole and not the US.

    • Sick of it

      Always remain skeptical of official statistics. The truth is usually much bleaker.