Number of Immigrants and Share of Population in US

Number of Immigrants and Share of Population in U.S

Proof Point

Number of immigrants in U.S. quadrupled from 10.4 million in 1900 to 41.7 million in 2015, or 13.2% of total population

Number of Immigrants and Share of Population in U.S.

1900 – 2015 (millions and percentage)

Proof Point Findings

  • U.S. Immigrants – Segment of population who are foreign born and migrated from another country
  • Significant Immigrant Growth – Quadrupled from 10.4 million in 1900, growing annually by 1.2%, to 41.7 million in 2015
  • Increasing Share of Population – While immigrants’ percent share of U.S. population of 13.2% in 2015 is lower than the 14.7% level in 1910, it has risen from a low of 4.7% in 1970
  • Top Country Sources – Latin American and Asian countries including Mexico, China, India, Philippines, Korea, and Vietnam are top nations where immigrants came from between 1965 and 2015
  • Key Drivers – Include evolving immigration and foreign policies, increasing openness of companies to hire new talent from other countries, growing number of STEM experts abroad, prospect of better quality of life in U.S., and domestic war and civil unrests in developing regions


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Date Last Updated

May 30, 2017

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