U.S. States with the Most Immigrants

Name the states that have the highest 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
First submittedFebruary 13, 2015
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State
26.7
California
23.4
New Jersey
22.4
New York
21.1
Florida
19.8
Nevada
19.3
Hawaii
17.3
Massachusetts
17.1
Texas
15.4
Maryland
14.9
Washington
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Sep 12, 2018
West Virginia has the fewest: 1.7%.
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Level 62
Oct 6, 2018
Probably explains why it's the state which has grown in population the least.
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Level 80
Nov 12, 2018
It's shrinking in population
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Level 68
Sep 19, 2020
Possible genetic complications?
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Level 37
Nov 12, 2018
Explains why they succumb to the fear rhetoric. Polls say the numbers of people who fall for it is inversely related to the amount of immigrants where people live. West Virginia loves the rallies.
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Level 80
Nov 12, 2018
but then what about places like Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire? Not exactly Trump country and they're not full of immigrants. Must not be the whole picture.
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Level 53
Apr 4, 2019
Percent - Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine have low populations
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Level 82
May 20, 2019
It's an us vs. them rhetoric. When the crowd can be made to fear the outsider they will be irrational and follow whatever solution is put to them no matter how bad.In this thinking the outsider is a thing to be controlled otherwise they would takeover, which is going to be the case where you have a dwindling main population or just a small state/area amongst a larger group surrounding them.
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Level 61
Sep 12, 2018
Massachusetts and Connecticut surprised me
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Level 81
Sep 13, 2018
Massachusetts has traditionally been full of immigrants. Nobody in Connecticut speaks English.
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Level 70
Nov 12, 2018
I grew up in Connecticut from the 1970s to mid-1990s. My schoolmates and teachers spoke Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Arabic (mostly from Lebanon), Albanian, Serbo-Croatian, Jamaican Patois, French, Vietnamese, Korean, Cantonese, Tagalog, Mohawk (obv. not an immigrant language), Armenian, Lithuanian, and one of the languages from Kenya. There may have been more, but those are what I remember. This was one of the gritty former industrial cities, not the NYC commuter 'burbs or Yale areas. The factories attracted lots of immigrants. More recently the Ecuadorians I knew in NYC were attracted to the low real estate prices and the Hasids have opened an orthodox shul so Yiddish is now also spoken there. Not indicative of immigration, but still interesting in such a Catholic city.
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Level 68
Sep 12, 2018
Got 'em all, except Nevada. That one comes as a surprise. I figured Arizona or Georgia before Nevada.
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Level 37
Nov 12, 2018
The casinos probably hire huge numbers of immigrants on those visas Trump uses for people willing to work for less than minimum wage doing cleaning, landscaping, kitchen work, and then there is the huge amount of construction.
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Level 83
Sep 21, 2020
The casino response is right, but Trump has nothing to do with it. Immigrants doing, as you say, "cleaning, landscaping, kitchen work" has been going on for decades.
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Level 72
Sep 13, 2018
Nevada was my last guess just before the clock ran out. I thought of it because of the influx of high tech workers, but maybe Latin Americans too.
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Level 72
Sep 14, 2018
I figure it's tourists who come to Vegas and decide they NEVER WANT TO LEAVE :-)
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Level 88
Sep 14, 2018
Never want to, or lose all their money and can't?
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Level 65
Oct 11, 2020
Potato, potahto.
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Level 51
Nov 12, 2018
Guessed the first five in order without meaning to and then missed Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Connecticut
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Level 55
Nov 14, 2018
lol what is with the photo it dosen't make any sense
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Level 61
Nov 15, 2018
yeah, it should be waffles. Belgian immigrants are running amok!
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Level 65
Jul 3, 2020
I was expecting Illinois to be among the top 10.
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Level 80
Oct 11, 2020
I bet it would have been from about 1930-1960; both because there were fewer immigrants in some other states and also because there were huge numbers of immigrants flooding into Chicago. Population has been in steady decline since then, though the Chicago suburbs continue to grow.