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Immigrants in the United States

Immigrants helped build the United States, and the country has long benefited from the new energy and inventiveness that immigrants bring. Foreign-born inhabitants now account for 14% of the population, with over half of them becoming naturalised citizens. Nearly 70% of all immigrants report speaking English well or very well, despite coming from a variety of origins around the world.

Immigrants make up a large portion of the U.S. workforce in a variety of industries, including farming, fishing, and forestry, as well as one-quarter of those working in computer and math sciences. With almost 4 million immigrants providing these services, the health care and social support industry employs the most immigrants. Immigrants are an important component of the country’s diverse and dynamic communities as employees, company owners, taxpayers, and neighbours, and they make significant contributions that benefit everyone.

One out of every seven Americans is an immigrant, and one out of every eight is a native-born American with at least one immigrant parent.


In 2019, 44.9 million immigrants (foreign-born people) made about 14% of the country’s population.

Immigrants made up 22.0 million women, 20.4 million men, and 2.5 million children in the United States.

Mexico (24 percent of immigrants), India (6 percent), China (5 percent), the Philippines (4.5 percent), and El Salvador (4.5 percent) were the main countries of origin (3 percent).

In 2019, there were 38.3 million native-born Americans (12 percent of the population) in the United States who had at least one immigrant parent

Naturalized citizens account for more than half of all immigrants in the United States.


Immigrants in the United States are concentrated at both ends of the educational spectrum.

As of 2019, 23.2 million immigrants (52 percent) had naturalised in the United States, and 8.1 million immigrants were eligible to do so.

The majority of immigrants (69%) said they spoke English “quite well” or “very well.”


Over 590,000 people have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the United States.


As of June 30, 2021, there were roughly 590,070 current DACA recipients in the United States and its territories, with DACA having been awarded to approximately 832,881 people in total since 2012.

By 2020, about 44% of DACA-eligible immigrants in the United States had applied for the programme.

DACA would be available to an extra 384,000 persons in the United States who met all except the educational qualifications, with another 14,000 becoming eligible as they grew older.

Immigrants pay billions of dollars in taxes in the United States.


In 2019, immigrant-led households paid $330.7 billion in federal taxes and $161.7 billion in combined state and local taxes across the United States.

Undocumented immigrants’ households in the United States paid $18.9 billion in federal taxes and $11.7 billion in combined state and local taxes in 2019.

In 2019, DACA recipients and those who met the DACA eligibility requirements paid an estimated $3.4 billion in federal taxes and $2.7 billion in combined state and local taxes.


Immigrants contribute over a trillion dollars to the US economy as consumers.


In 2019, residents of immigrant-led families in the United States had $1.3 trillion in collective spending power (after-tax income).

In the United States, immigrant entrepreneurs create tens of billions of dollars in income.


In 2019, 3.2 million immigrant company owners accounted for 22% of all self-employed Americans, generating $86.3 billion in revenue.

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