The Foreign-Born Population in the United States

At 36 million people, the number of foreign-born Americans is at its highest point in history. Two-thirds of the foreign-born population reside in just six states—California, New York, Texas, Florida, Illinois and New Jersey. However, the foreign-born are increasingly settling in other parts of the United States—especially in the South—bringing new cultures, languages, racial and ethnic diversity, economic opportunities and challenges for policymakers.

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About the Author
Mark Mather is deputy director of Domestic Programs at the Population Reference Bureau, where he coordinates several projects that communicate population research to advocacy groups, educators, the media and the public. He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in sociology/demography from the University of Maryland and has more than 10 years experience in demographic data analysis.