- Metropolitan areas in the South in general are among the fastest
growing immigrant destinations. Phoenix and Atlanta both have well over
a half million immigrants, and Las Vegas and Orlando each have more
than one-quarter million foreign born residents.
- Immigrant populations in well-established gateway metro areas such
as New York and Los Angeles are growing more slowly, a function of
their large absolute size.
- America's immigrant population can, in some ways, still be viewed
as geographically concentrated. More than half of all immigrants live
in the top 10 metropolitan destinations: New York, Los Angeles, Miami,
Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington,
Riverside-San Bernardino, and Phoenix.
- By contrast, a little over one-quarter of all Americans live in the 10 largest metro areas.
- Dallas-Ft. Worth, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Las Vegas have emerged as major destination areas only in the past two decades.
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