Posted on December 13, 2021

Share of U.S. Immigrant Population Drops for First Time in 10 Years

Stef W. Knight, Axios, December 12, 2021

The population of foreign-born citizens and residents in the United States has plummeted for the first time in over a decade, according to analysis of new experimental U.S. Census Bureau data.


  • The new data from the American Community Survey (ACS) also revealed the smallest decade gain in the foreign-born population since the 1960s, at 3.6 million. In comparison, the immigrant population grew by 8.8 million during the 2000s.
  • The data “strongly suggest a [sizable] downturn in the U.S. foreign-born population, no doubt related to a downturn in immigration in the last year” due to coronavirus restrictions, Brookings Institution demographer William Frey told Axios.