April 19, 2016

Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States

The nation’s foreign-born population has become more dispersed since 1990, but the Southwest region and large cities continue to have the highest concentrations of immigrants. As of 2014, the five counties with the largest foreign-born populations (Los Angeles County, Calif.; Miami-Dade County, Fla.; Cook County, Ill.; Queens County, N.Y.; and Harris County, Texas) account for 20% of the national immigrant population in the U.S. In 1990. though, the nation’s immigrant population was more concentrated: The top five counties then accounted for 30% of the U.S. immigrant population.

Higher Concentrations of Immigrants in Southwest, Large Cities (1990) Higher Concentrations of Immigrants in Southwest, Large Cities (2000) PH_15.04.01_Immigrant-County-Level-Map_2006-2010_640px PH_16.03.15_Immigrant-County-Level-Map_2014