New Americans in San Diego

New American Economy
Date of Publication: 
February, 2018
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The immigrant population in San Diego County (CA), after growing 8.5 percent between 2011 and 2016, now constitutes 24.1 percent of the county's population. The fact sheet from New American Economy offers demographic, economic, education, housing, and immigration status data on immigrants in the County, as well as two profiles of local immigrant entrepreneurs. Using an analysis of government data including the 2011 and 2016 American Community Surveys and datasets from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and U.S. Congressional Budget Office, the fact sheet shows that immigrants make significant economic contributions to San Diego County through tax payments, labor force participation, and job creation. Immigrants, for example, are 22.7 percent more likely to be entrepreneurs than U.S.-born residents. Nearly 7,000 non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents were enrolled in San Diego colleges during the fall of 2015, supporting an estimated 8,816 jobs. The fact sheet also discusses the economic impact of the county's refugee and undocumented immigrant populations. (Deb D'Anastasio for The Immigrant Learning Center's Public Education Institute)

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New American Economy. (2018). New Americans in San Diego. New York, NY. Retrieved from