U.S. Im­mi­grant Pop­u­la­tion Climbed To A Record 43.7 Mil­lion In 2016

ForbesWeekly - - NEWS - FW FOL­LOW NIALL MCCARTHY, FORBES CON­TRIB­U­TOR, AT www.forbes.com/sites/niallm­c­carthy

Ac­cord­ing to new data re­leased by the U.S. Cen­sus Bureau, the na­tion’s im­mi­grant pop­u­la­tion, both le­gal and il­le­gal, climbed to a record 43.7 mil­lion in July 2016. That’s an in­crease of half a mil­lion since 2015 and 12.6 mil­lion since the turn of the cen­tury. Im­mi­grants now com­prise 13.5% of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion, roughly one out of eight res­i­dents, the high­est share in 106 years.

The all-time high­est im­mi­grant share of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion was 14.7%, recorded in 1910 when the coun­try had 13.5 mil­lion im­mi­grants. Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­sus Bureau, that will be eclipsed by 2030 when the im­mi­grant share reaches 15.8% or 56.9 mil­lion peo­ple. Up to 2050, the in­flux is ex­pected to con­tinue its up­ward tra­jec­tory, with the num­ber of im­mi­grants pro­jected to reach 72.3 mil­lion and ac­count for an 18.2% share of the pop­u­la­tion.

Cur­rently, Mex­ico has the high­est share of Amer­ica’s for­eign-born pop­u­la­tion by far with over 11.5 mil­lion peo­ple. De­spite also be­ing the topsend­ing na­tion with a grand to­tal of 1.1 mil­lion new ar­rivals be­tween 2010 and 2016, the Mex­i­can-born pop­u­la­tion has not grown in the past six years due to re­turn mi­gra­tion and nat­u­ral mor­tal­ity. Dur­ing the same time frame, the send­ing coun­tries with the high­est in­creases were Saudi Ara­bia (122%), Nepal (86%) and Afghanistan (74%). Out of all states, Texas recorded the great­est nu­meric in­crease in im­mi­grants (587,889) be­tween 2010 and 2016, ahead of Florida (578,468) and Cal­i­for­nia (527,234).

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