U.S. Immigrant Population Hits Record High
The U.S. population of illegal and legal immigrants hit a record 43.7 million in 2016, or one in eight Americans, according to Census Bureau data analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies. The CIS found that’s an increase of 12.6 million immigrants since 2000.
If you add the number of children born to an immigrant parent the population increases to 60.4 million, or nearly one in five Americans.
The state with the largest increase in immigrants from 2010 to 2016 was North Dakota, up 48 percent. The largest percentage of immigrants between 2010 and 2016 came from Mexico, but the CIS found the Mexican immigrant population has not grown in the past six years.