According to Wikipedia, American immigration history can be viewed in four epochs: the colonial period, the mid-19th century, the start of the 20th century, and post-1965.
Each period brought distinct national groups, races and ethnicities to the United States.
Here are some interesting statistics about contemporary immigration:
- Until the 1930s, most legal immigrants were male. By the 1990s women accounted for just over half of all legal immigrants.
- Contemporary immigrants tend to be younger than the native population of the United States, with people between the ages of 15 and 34 substantially overrepresented.
- Immigrants are also more likely to be married and less likely to be divorced than native-born Americans of the same age.
- Seven out of ten immigrants surveyed by Public Agenda in 2009 said they intended to make the U.S. their permanent home, and 71% said if they could do it over again they would still come to the US.
- In 2013, approximately 41.3 million immigrants lived in the United States.
- 29% percent of the 41.3 million foreign born in the United States in 2013 entered between 2000 and 2009, 10% have entered since 2010, and the majority (61%) entered before 2000.
- The United States remains a popular destination attracting about 20 percent of the world’s international migrants.
- Immigrants accounted for 13% of the total 316 million U.S. residents.
- Immigrants top ten sending countries in 2013: Mexico, India, China (including Hong Kong but not Taiwan), Philippines, Vietnam, El Salvador, Cuba, and Korea, Dominican Republic and Guatemala. Combined, immigrants from these ten countries composed close to 60% of the U.S. immigrant population in 2013.
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