New Americans in the Harrisonburg MSA

New American Economy
Date of Publication: 
May, 2018
Source Organization: 
New American Economy

New research from New American Economy shows that immigrant households in the Harrisonburg metro area earned over $257 million in 2016 and contributed $37.9 million to federal taxes and $19.8 million to state and local taxes. The report was prepared in partnership with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, City of Harrisonburg, and James Madison University.

In addition to their financial contributions, New Americans in the Harrisonburg MSA shows the foreign-born population’s contributions to the Harrisonburg workforce, as well as their role in staving off population decline. One in 10 immigrants are entrepreneurs, and foreign-born individuals are 12.6 percent more likely than their U.S.-born counterparts to start a business. And without 73 percent growth in the region’s immigrant population between 2011 and 2016, Harrisonburg would have seen the overall population decline by nearly a full percentage point instead of increasing by over 3 percent.

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