Friday, December 5, 2014

Brookings: Immigrants Continue to Disperse, with Fastest Growth in the Suburbs

Jill H. Wilson and Nicole Prchal Svajlenka of Brookings share this report entitled "Immigrants Continue to Disperse, with Fastest Growth in the Suburbs."  As the White House weighs its options over whether and how to implement policy changes related to immigration, more and more places around the country are encountering a growing foreign-born population.

The number of immigrants living in the United States increased by 523,000 between 2012 and 2013, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This represents an up-tick from the last two annual changes in which 422,000 and 447,000 immigrants were added to the population each year. There are now 41.3 million foreign-born residents in the United States and their share of the total U.S. population inched up from 13.0 percent to 13.1 percent. These small changes at the national level mask bigger changes in metro areas across the country.


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