Immigrant Population by State, 1990-2012


Immigrant Population by State, 1990-2012

This tool serves to overview trends at the state level, including the number of immigrants, their share of the state's total population, and population changes over time. Using the filtering options below, you can sort states by population size, population share, and change in the numbers and shares of immigrants and by year, going back to 1990.


The term "immigrants" (also known as the foreign born) refers to people residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth. This population includes naturalized citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), certain legal nonimmigrants (e.g., persons on student or work visas), those admitted under refugee or asylee status, and persons illegally residing in the United States.


Migration Policy Institute tabulation of data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 and 2006 American Community Surveys and 1990 and 2000 Census decennial data.