Last week’s reader poll asked, “Are you an immigrant?” It turns out that about one in four of the Borderstan readers who responded is an immigrant, 24% to be exact. More specifically, 14% of poll respondents are naturalized citizens and 10% are legal residents. In addition, 17% have at least one parent who is an immigrant.
A 2006 estimate put the number of immigrants in the DC metro area at one million in a metro-area population of 5.1 million, almost 20%. In DC, there are an estimated 75,000 immigrants out of 600,000 people, about 13%. These numbers compare to the U.S. population where a 2007 estimate put the number of foreign-born at 37 million, about 12% percent of the population.
Here is the breakdown from responses to our reader poll:
Are you an immigrant?
- No, native born: 58%
- No, but one or both my parents are: 17%
- Yes, a naturalized citizen: 14%
- Yes, a resident of the U.S.: 10%
- No, a foreigner just visiting: 1%