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Immigration to the United States

The United States has long been called a nation of immigrants. Their stories are the story of America—a never-ending, ever-changing saga. In the nineteenth century, the foreign-born in this country tended to settle in major cities or near international borders. In contrast, today's immigrants migrate to all parts of America; they are twenty-first-century pioneers, who are enriching and invigorating communities of every size and in every region, from coast to coast. As these new Americans become tightly woven into the fabric of everyday life in their adopted homes, they stimulate economic development and enliven our cultural landscape.

Foreign-Born Population as a Percentage of the Total Population by State

Percentage of Total U.S. Foreign-Born Population by Continent of Origin*

Foreign-Born Population Percentage Change from 2000 to 2009