Economic Impact of Immigration by State

As the country continues to face challenges on immigration reform and the president’s fight to “build the wall,” Wallet Hub recently released its report on 2019’s Economic Impact of Immigration by State.

Wallethub compared all 50 states and Washington, D.C. across 20 key metrics including median household income of foreign-born population and jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses. So who made the list?

States where immigrants have the biggest economic impact are:

  1. California (Highest share of foreign-born residents at 26.98%)
  2. New York
  3. New Jersey
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Maryland (Highest median household income for the foreign-born population at $76,119)

Rounding out the top 10 are Washington, D.C., Delaware, Illinois, Florida, and Washington. Great to note that Washington, D.C. has the highest share of direct and indirect jobs created by the economic contributions of international students.

States where immigrants have the smallest Economic Impact are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Wyoming
  3. South Dakota
  4. Montana
  5. Idaho

Where does your state land? WalletHub provides an interactive map and lists of all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

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