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Immigrants make up 20 percent of US population

Posted on October 17, 2017
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A new study carried out by the Center for Immigration Studies recently showed that the population of the United States Immigrants (legal as well as illegal) reached 43.7 million in 2016.

Included in those numbers are 16.6 million American-born minor children with at least one immigrant parent. Together, they comprised 20 percent of the US population. The immigrant population from Asia, the Middle East, Latin American and Sub-Saharan African countries increased significantly, while they remained at the same levels or fell from Europe, Mexico and Canada. The largest source countries for immigrants which registered the highest growth percentage between 2010 and 2016 were Saudi Arabia at 122 percent, Nepal at 86 percent, Afghanistan at 74 percent, Burma at 73 percent and Syria at 62 percent.

The states where the largest growth rates of the immigrant population were seen between 2010 and 2016 were North Dakota at 48 percent, West Virginia at 41 percent, South Dakota at 39 percent, Delaware at 24 percent, Nebraska at 20 percent and Minnesota at 20 percent.

The nation’s immigrant population (both legal and illegal) increased by more than 3.8 million and 12.6 million since 2010 and 2000, respectively.

During 2010 to 2016, the United States welcomed 8.1 million immigrants. Mexicans made up the largest number of foreigners to arrive in America in 2016, as 1.1 million new immigrants entered the US from Mexico during 2010-2016. Owing to the people who returned to Mexico and natural deaths, the total Mexican-born population remained unchanged in those six years.

The other large source countries for immigrants to the US during 2015 to 2016 were the Caribbean at 120,522, the Middle East at 109,113, Central America at 70,664, Sub-Saharan Africa at 67,198, South Asia at 64,902 and South America at 61,462.

The largest source countries for newcomers between 2010 and 2016 were India at 654,202, China at 550,022, the Dominican Republic at 206,134, El Salvador at 172,973, Cuba at 166,939, the Philippines at 164,077, Honduras at 128,478 and so on.

The states that saw their population numbers increase significantly during 2010 to 2016 were Texas at 587,889, Florida at 578,468, California at 527,234, New York at 238,503, New Jersey at 171,504, etc.

The states which witnessed the largest percentage growths in the immigrant arrivals during 2010 to 2016 were North Dakota at 48 percent, West Virginia at 41 percent, South Dakota at 39 percent, Delaware at 24 percent, Nebraska and Minnesota at 20 percent each. The other states that also saw significant percentage increases in immigration population numbers were Wyoming, Pennsylvania  Alaska, Indiana, Florida, Nevada, Washington, Iowa, Maryland and others.

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