U.S. Immigrant Population Hits All-Time High: 41.3 Million People

by Ryan Lovelace

The number of legal and illegal immigrants living in the United States reached an all-time high, at 41.3 million people, in 2013, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies.

The U.S. immigrant population has doubled since 1990, while the general population has risen just over 20 percent, and quadrupled since 1970, while the general population has risen just over 50 percent since then. The greatest increases over the last three years in the immigrant population over the last three years, between July 2010 and July 2013, came not from Latin America but from the Middle East, Asia, and the Caribbean.

The number of immigrants from Mexico and Europe living in the U.S. has actually declined slightly since 2010, but Mexicans still make up the largest immigrant population in the United States, with 11.6 million legal and illegal immigrants residing here.

Despite the economic recession, the report says, at least 7.5 million immigrants have entered the country since 2007. The states with the largest percentage increases in their immigrant populations since 2010 reportedly are North Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Nearly one out of every six adults living in the U.S. in 2013 was an immigrant.    

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