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New Report on the Nation’s Foreign-Born Population  from US Census Bureau

The nation’s foreign-born popu­lation increased by 15.6% from 2010 to 2022. According to a new report, The Foreign-Born Popula­tion in the United States: 2022, re­leased by the U.S. Census Bureau today, the foreign-born population was 46.2 million (13.9% of the to­tal population) in 2022, compared to 40.0 million (12.9% of the total population) in 2010.

The report compares the 2010 and 2022 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates to provide insight into the changing compo­sition of the foreign-born popula­tion in the United States. The for­eign-born population consists of anyone living in the United States who was not a U.S. citizen at birth, including naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (immi­grants), temporary migrants such as foreign students, humanitarian migrants (for example, refugees and asylees), and unauthorized mi­grants.

Other highlights from the report:

• The total foreign-born popula­tion increased by 15.6% from 2010 to 2022. In Delaware, North Dakota, South Dako­ta, and West Virginia, the for­eign-born populations grew by 40% or more.

• From 2010 to 2022, the median age of the foreign-born popu­lation increased by over five years (from 41.4 to 46.7), while the median age of the native population rose by only one year (from 35.9 to 36.9).

• In 2022 (75.1%), a higher per­centage of foreign-born indi­viduals completed high school or higher than in 2010 (68.3%).

The Census Bureau also released a data visualization, Highlights of the Foreign-Born Population, and a re­lated America Counts story, Where Do Immigrants Live? How Immi­grants Have Dispersed Throughout the Country. These products feature 2018-2022 ACS 5-year estimates on the foreign-born population at various geographic levels (nation­al, state, and county).

Highlights from the data visualization:

• Immigrants make up over one-fifth of the population in four states: California (26.5%), New Jersey (23.2%), New York (22.6%) and Florida (21.1%).

• Almost one-half (49.1%) of all immigrants in the United States entered the country before 2000.

• An estimated 63.5% of the for­eign-born population (16 years and older) was employed, with over one-third of the civilian employed foreign-born popu­lation (16 years and older) in management, business, sci­ence, and arts occupations.

The American Community Survey provides a wide range of statis­tics about the nation’s people and housing, such as language spoken at home, education, commuting, employment, mortgage status and rent, income, poverty, and health insurance coverage. It is the only source of local estimates for most of the 40-plus topics it covers.

Further information can be found at www.census.gov.

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