Thursday, May 21, 2020

Fact Sheet on Immigrants in the United States


Here are some interesting facts about immigrants in the United States from a "Fact Sheet" from the American Immigration Council.  I am a junkie for facts.

One in seven U.S. residents is an immigrant, while one in eight residents is a native-born U.S. citizen with at least one immigrant parent.

  • In 2018, 44.7 million immigrants (foreign-born individuals) comprised 14 percent of the national population.
  • The top countries of origin for immigrants were Mexico (25 percent of immigrants), India (6 percent), China (5 percent), the Philippines (4 percent), and El Salvador (3 percent).

Over half of all immigrants in the United States are naturalized citizens.

  • The majority of immigrants (74 percent) reported speaking English “well” or “very well.”

Immigrants in the United States are concentrated at both ends of the educational spectrum:  Nearly a third of adult immigrants had a college degree or more education in 2018, while over a fourth had less than a high school diploma.

  • Millions of U.S. citizens live with at least one family member who is undocumented.

  • The United States is home to over 652,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.


    One in six U.S. workers is an immigrant, together making up a vital part of the country’s labor force in a range of industries:  Immigrants are an integral part of the U.S. workforce in a range of occupations.


    10.7 million undocumented immigrants comprised 24 percent of the immigrant population and 3 percent of the total U.S. population in 2016.28.4 million immigrant workers comprised 17 percent of the U.S. labor force in 2018.  Undocumented immigrants comprised 5 percent of the workforce in 2016.
  • Immigrants in the United States contribute billions of dollars in taxes.

    • Immigrant-led households across the United States contributed a total of $308.6 billion in federal taxes and $150 billion in combined state and local taxes in 2018.
    • Undocumented immigrants in the United States paid an estimated $20.1 billion in federal taxes and $11.8 billion in combined state and local taxes in 2018.
    • DACA recipients and those meeting the eligibility requirements for DACA paid an estimated $1.7 billion in combined state and local taxes in 2018.

    As consumers, immigrants add over a trillion dollars to the U.S. economy:  Immigrant entrepreneurs in the United States generate tens of billions of dollars in business revenue.

    In the United States, residents of immigrant-led households had $1.2 trillion in collective spending power (after-tax income) in 2018. 
    • 3.6 million immigrant business owners accounted for 21 percent of all self-employed U.S. residents in 2018 and generated $84.3 billion in business income
    • KJ

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