U.S. States with the Fewest Immigrants

Name the states that have the lowest percentage of residents who were born outside of the United States.
2019 estimates. U.S. Census Bureau; American Community Survey.
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Last updated: September 18, 2020
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State
1.6
West Virginia
2.1
Mississippi
2.3
Montana
3.1
Wyoming
3.6
Alabama
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State
3.9
Maine
4.1
South Dakota
4.1
North Dakota
4.2
Louisiana
4.3
Missouri
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Level 46
Aug 15, 2017
Missed Maine and West Virginia.
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Level 37
Oct 6, 2020
how
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Level 62
Nov 26, 2017
Very interesting quiz!
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Level 81
Nov 11, 2018
Always go for Mississippi and West Virginia in certain categories.
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Level 64
Dec 27, 2018
West Virginia I can understand given where it is and its industries not as robust as they once were. Mississippi and Alabama though are on the Gulf which I thought would promote more immigration than it apparently does. There's also a fair amount of farming in both of those states which often means an influx of migrant workers who are known to overstay. Since there's no direct link to the data source it's hard to know what's being counted as a "resident".
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Level ∞
Sep 18, 2020
Table R0501 here found: here. Not sure the exact methodology used. Counting illegal immigrants is very difficult. I know I wouldn't be eager to talk to the government if I didn't have a valid visa.
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Level 43
Oct 12, 2020
That happens because the southern states are the least developed, so there are few people wanting to live there.
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Level 81
Dec 31, 2018
Missouri's surprising with an affordable entry level hell hole in St. Louis.
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Level 63
Jan 7, 2019
I am curious to hear on what grounds your opinion of St. Louis is based? If it is the murder rate, you need to do more research on what is considered the "city". The St. Louis area has over 3 million residents. Only ~350,000 of those residents actually reside within the city limits, and the per capita murder rate is based on just this small area. The city limits contain some of the roughest neighborhoods. If our "city" encompassed the metro area, we would rank much lower than Detroit.
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Level 81
Jan 16, 2019
No, I'm talking about the abandoned desolation, 1/3 its 1950 population, urban prairie, 3 houses left on 4 blocks, decrepit city, not some suburb. Right, wrong, whatever that's the type of place where a lot of unsuspecting immigrants first wind up because it's cheap. If you seriously don't think St. Louis is one of the most devastated urban spots in America, start travelling.
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Level 78
Apr 30, 2019
Well, I don't to need to start traveling - I worked for an airline for almost 30 years and there are very few US cities that I haven't been in. I grew up in Southeast Missouri and am very familiar with St Louis. I don't have any special love or even loyalty for the city, but I don't find it to be any better or worse than many other major urban area in the US. For the last 12 years, I've worked for HUD so I've seen some pretty bad areas and St Louis is actually better than many.
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Level 82
Sep 25, 2020
I tried every bordering state except Illinois with no luck so assumed Missouri was out, too. Only one I missed.
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Level 83
Sep 19, 2020
So what immigrant community is filling Idaho? I'm guessing there are no Irish potato famine refugees coming in at this point.
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Level 70
Sep 20, 2020
Boise is a decently large city, and there are a lot of people just across the border from Spokane and Logan. I assume that's where the majority of the immigrants come from. Also, there still isn't too large of an immigrant population, just more than the 4.3% needed to be on the quiz. 1 in 20 isn't a lot.
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Level 43
Oct 12, 2020
Yes, I'm from Spokane but I currently live in the suburbs of Boise.
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Level 76
Sep 22, 2020
immigrants must not like the M states
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Level 37
Oct 6, 2020
massachusetts
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Level 82
Sep 25, 2020
Not too many surprises for me, but for some reason I expected to see Alaska on this quiz. Apparently immigrants comprised 8% of the population in 2018. I wondered where they were coming from, so I did a little research. According to the American Immigration Council:

"The top countries of origin for immigrants were the Philippines (32 percent of immigrants), Mexico (10 percent), Canada (7 percent), Thailand (7 percent), and Korea (5 percent)."

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Level 56
Oct 11, 2020
Once again, another terrible thing about West Virginia.