How much of our population is foreign born?


The United States is a land of immigrants, and we’re strong and productive because of it. Only the Native Americans were originally born here. The rest of us came from Somewhere Else.

When we think of the heyday of Ellis Island, it seems like everyone was coming in from Europe – Ireland, Italy, and Germany. Is that still the case today?

How much of our population is foreign born? And, where are they coming from? Where do most of our foreign-born residents settle?

Place of birth of the foreign-born population by Elizabeth M. Grieco, Edward N. Trevelyan

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