Immigrants in the United States

Date of Publication: 
April, 2020
Source Organization: 
American Immigration Council

The United States was built, in part, by immigrants—and the nation has long been the beneficiary of the newenergy and ingenuity that immigrants bring. Today, 14 percent of the nation’s residents are foreign-born, overhalf of whom are naturalized citizens. Nearly 75 percent of all immigrants, who come from diverse backgroundsacross the globe, report speaking English well or very well.

Immigrants make up significant shares of the U.S. workforce in a range of industries, accounting for over a thirdof all farming, fishing, and forestry workers—as well as nearly 25 percent of those working in computer and mathsciences. The highest number of immigrants work in the health care and social service industry, with over 4million immigrants providing these services. As workers, business owners, taxpayers, and neighbors, immigrantsare an integral part of the country’s diverse and thriving communities and make extensive contributions thatbenefit all.

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American Immigration Council. (2020). Immigrants in the United States [fact sheet].