What States Have Largest Immigration Growth?

A new comprehensive immigration reform bill was recently introduced in Congress, amid a government shutdown. The power behind immigration reform is perhaps being fueled by the continual growth of immigrant citizens over the past few decades. They are voters after all.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the United States accepted 1,062,040 legal permanent residents in fiscal year 2011, a number that has been fairly steady over the past few years. Of this number, roughly 45 percent were new arrivals and about 55 percent were people already in the U.S. whose status was upgraded to “permanent.”

Some states have larger numbers of immigrants than others, but if we look at the states where the percentages are higher, we may see where the political power may start changing to some degree.

Nevada had the largest percentage of growth of the total population of children with immigrant parents between 1990 and 2000 (233 percent).

That data point provided by the Migration Information Source. One need only look at the change of political power in Nevada to see how the immigration population impacted the state. It is no wonder that the issue has become so political.

Other top states between 1990-2000: North Carolina (about 224 percent), Georgia (about 194 percent), Nebraska (174 percent), and Arkansas (170 percent).

Looking forward at 2000 and 2011, the five states with the largest percent growth of the total population of children living with immigrant parents were Tennessee (about 145 percent), Kentucky (about 128 percent), Arkansas (about 123 percent), North Carolina (about 117 percent), and South Carolina (about 107 percent).