New Americans in Marion County, IN

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

New research from New American Economy shows that immigrant households in Marion County, Indiana earned over $1.9 billion in 2016 and contributed $495.8 million to federal taxes and $172 million to state and local taxes, including property, sales, and excise taxes levied by state and local governments. Marion County is the largest county in Indiana and the City of Indianapolis is the county seat.

In addition to their financial contributions, our research shows the role the immigrant population in Marion County plays in the local labor force and bolstering population growth. One in 10 immigrants are entrepreneurs, and foreign-born individuals are almost twice as likely than their U.S.-born counterparts to start a business. Between 2011 and 2016, the population in the county grew by 3.1 percent, while the foreign-born population increased by 19.7 percent. That means that growth in the foreign-born population accounted for over half of overall population growth in the county during that period.

Our research details the significant impact the immigrant population in Marion County has on growth, spending power and tax contributions, labor force growth, entrepreneurship, housing wealth, naturalization, and more. 

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