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Foreign-Born Population by Region of Birth by State: 2000 & 2006-08

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How will the changing patterns of foreign-born population by region of birth change our society? Will the diminishing percentage of European foreign-born population result in a loss of that cultural impact? Over the next 40-50 years, what will be the impact on English language proficiency and use in America?

In 2007, there were 38.1 million foreign born in the United States, representing about 1 in 8 residents. Most foreign born were White (46%), Asian (23%), or Some Other Race (21%). Approximately 80 percent of the foreign-born population were born in Latin America or Asia. These data are based on a Census Bureau report (January 2010) describing the race and Hispanic-origin composition of the foreign-born population in the U.S in 2007. The report shows that the foreign born have a pattern of race and Hispanic origin reporting that is markedly different from the native population. Author Elizabeth Grieco notes, "Over the last 40 years, immigration from Latin American and Asia has been the major force changing the racial and ethnic composition of the American population. The influx of newcomers from these regions has resulted in rapid growth in the number of Hispanics and Asians in recent decades. For the three groups with the oldest historical roots in the United States -- non-Hispanic Whites, non-Hispanic Blacks, and American Indian and Alaska Natives - natural increase, not immigration, has been the main source of growth since 1970."

The graphic shown below illustrates change in the foreign-born population by region of birth during the past 5 decades.

Percent Foreign-Born Population by Region of Birth: 1960 to 2007

Extending Analysis to State Level
The ranking table shown below extends on the national level Census Bureau report by enabling viewing/analyzing sub-national state-level data. The first set of columns to left include data from Census 2000. The rightmost nine columns present data from the American Community Survey (ACS) 2006-08 3-year tabulation. The national level report (above) uses ACS 2007 1-year data. Those data, nor the ACS 2008 1-year data, have been used in the ranking table because data for 12 states were not available (did not meet tabulation threshold requirements). As a result the the ACS 2006-08 3-year data are used and even here data for 4 states are not available (appear with value -1).

California has the highest percentage of foreign-born population at both times (2000 and 2006-08). New Mexico, Texas and Florida have the highest percentage of foreign-born population with Latin America as region of birth at both times (2000 and 2006-08). Click column headers to examine patterns of interest to you.

Foreign-Born Population by Region of Birth by State: 2000 & 2006-08
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Column headers ...
Census 2000 Items
  TotPop00 ... Total Population, Census 2000
  FBTot00 ... Total Foreign Born Population, Census 2000
  FBTot00 ... Foreign Born Population as Percent of Total Population, Census 2000
  FBEur00 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: Europe, Census 2000
  FBAsia00 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: Asia, Census 2000
  FBAfr00 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: Africa, Census 2000
  FBOce00 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: Oceania, Census 2000
  FBLtAm00 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: Latin America, Census 2000
  FBNAm00 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: North America, Census 2000
ACS 2006-08 Items
  TotPop07 ... Total Population, ACS 2006-08
  FBTot07 ... Total Foreign Born Population
  FB_Tot07 ... Foreign Born Population as Percent of Total Population, ACS 2006-08
  FBEur07 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: Europe, ACS 2006-08
  FBAsia07 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: Asia, ACS 2006-08
  FBAfr07 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: Africa, ACS 2006-08
  FBOce07 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: Oceania, ACS 2006-08
  FBLtAm07 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: Latin America, ACS 2006-08
  FBNAm07 ... Percent of Foreign Born Population with Region of Birth: North America, ACS 2006-08

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