Use the dynamic map below to instantly display the metropolitan areas in which large number of immigrants resided during the 2008-2012 period.* The colors represent the immigrant share of the total population for the metropolitan area, and the bubble size reflects larger concentrations of immigrants.
1) *Data are from U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2008-2012 American Community Surveys.
2) The term "immigrants" (or "foreign born") refers to people residing in the United States who were not U.S. citizens at birth. This population includes naturalized citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), certain legal nonimmigrants (e.g., persons on student or work visas), those admitted under refugee or asylee status, and persons illegally residing in the United States. "Metropolitan areas" refer to the greater metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA or Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI.
3) Population estimates for metropolitan statistical areas with an immigrant population under 2,000 persons are not provided due to insufficient sample size. Rankings only appy to metropolitan areas that meet this criterion.
Migration Policy Institute tabulation of data from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2008-2012 American Community Surveys.