The New Americans


For the last three decades large metro regions around the country, especially along the coasts, have been prime destinations for immigrants from all over the world. Attractiveness to immigrants is often an indicator of the economic health of an area, and in many metro regions - even in some suburban areas - population growth was entirely due to increasing numbers of New Americans. This website offers analyses of new trends in immigrant destinations from Census 2000.

In May 2002, the Census Bureau began releasing data one state at a time on the number of foreign-born residents, how long they have lived in the U.S., and their English language use. Based on these data, the following webpages show the current trends in this New American population for entire metro regions, and for their city and suburban areas. Information is also provided on shifts in ethnic composition of the population since 1990, which provide clues about the origins of newcomers (white, black, Hispanic, or Asian).

To facilitate comparisons between and within metro regions we provide rankings for the top immigrant destinations, based on the number of recently arrived (last ten years) immigrants in 1990 and 2000. Rankings include those for the entire metro region, as well as for central cities and suburbs separately. A description of the indicators used and how the rankings were calculated can be found in our Technical Notes section.

To find out about a specific metro region, use the menu below.

What's released: Data from the Census 2000 SF3 demographic profiles are now available for all of the Nation's 331 metro areas. Click here for a national snapshot of current trends.