Growth of Adult Immigrant Population, 1990 to 2014

By Bryan Griffith, Steven Camarota September 2016

A new series of maps by the Center for Immigration Studies based on Census Bureau data provides detailed information on the nation's immigrant population (legal and illegal) at the county level in 1990, 2000, and 2014. The analysis focuses on adults because they have the most immediate impact. Adults directly affect the job market as workers, impact politics as constituents and potential voters, and begin to reshape the culture in receiving communities as soon as they arrive. Census Bureau data, which includes legal and illegal immigrants, shows that growth in the adult immigrant population in some counties has been nothing short of astonishing, while other areas have seen little growth. The findings make clear that Washington may set immigration policy, but it is local communities that feel the impact.
Among the findings:
  • In 1990, immigrants were at least 20 percent of the adult population (18-plus) in just 44 counties; by 2014 they were at least 20 percent of the adult population in 152 counties.
  • In 1990, only one out of eight Americans lived in a county in which at least 20 percent of adults were immigrants; by 2014, nearly one in three Americans lived in such counties.
  • Since 1990, the immigrant share of adults has more than quadrupled in 232 counties.1
  • Examples where the immigrant share of adults more than quadrupled from 1990 to 2014 include:

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    • In North Carolina: Mecklenburg County, 4 percent to 17 percent; Durham County, 4 percent to 16 percent; and Duplin County, 2 percent to 15 percent.
    • In Kansas: Scott County, 2 to 15 percent; and Hamilton County, 3 percent to 21 percent.
    • In Nebraska: Colfax County, 3 percent to 30 percent; Dawson County, <1 24="" 28="" 6="" and="" br="" county="" dakota="" nbsp="" percent.="" percent="" to="">
    • In Minnesota: Nobles County, 2 percent to 24 percent; and Watonwan County, 3 percent to 13 percent.
    • In Oklahoma: Texas County, 2 percent to 28 percent; and Harper County, 2 percent to 14 percent.
    • In Virginia: Manassas Park City, 7 percent to 40 percent; and Loudoun County, 7 to 30 percent.
    • In Texas: Garza County, 5 percent to 48 percent; and Dallam County, 3 percent to 17 percent.
    • Other examples include: Buena Vista County, Iowa, 3 percent to 22 percent; and Jerome County Idaho, 4 percent to 22 percent.

  • While the immigrant share of adults has often increased the most in counties with smaller populations, growth since 1990 has also been dramatic in many large counties with over a million residents: 

    • Dallas County, Texas: 13 percent to 29 percent;
    • King County, Wash.: 11 percent to 25 percent;
    • Clark County, Nev.: 11 percent to 27 percent;
    • Alameda County, Calif.: 21 percent to 38 percent;
    • Sacramento County, Calif.: 12 percent to 25 percent;
    • Fairfax County, Va.: 18 percent to 37 percent; and
    • Montgomery County, Md.: 22 percent to 40 percent.

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Remember, the above map shows the immigrants population for 1990.  It has QUADRUPLED since then.

Like the Native Americans before us, we are being replaced as the main population by people who are foreign born - and I don't have to mention which country is the number one contributor to this, do I?

That's why out of all the non-White races, the only one I have any sympathy for is the American Indian simply because I know how they must have felt.  But there is one difference between us and them.  They fought for their land - and in some cases they fought to the death while over 100 years later, the Indian's conquerors sit by apathetically and let others do exactly the same thing to them with barely a grumble.  

I just don't get it.

Use the map to see how your county is doing with immigration.  My home county of Rockingham, New Hampshire is one of the lowest - and still are - for the time being.  San Bernardino County, California where I live now is not so lucky.  We are one of the counties hit hardest by immigration.

Dan 88!