Over 650,000 immigrants became U.S. citizens in the fiscal year 2014 and more than half of them resided in four states: California, where 140,234 immigrant were naturalized (21 percent of all new citizens), Florida (79,637 new citizens – 12 percent), New York (77,717 individuals, also 12 percent), and Texas (52,879 – 8 percent). At the bottom of the ranking, Wyoming had the lowest number of naturalized immigrants in the fiscal year 2014, with 217 new citizens, followed by Montana with 304, and West Virginia with 415.
According to Migration Policy, naturalized citizens are likely to be more educated than immigrants who do not become citizens of the United States. In 2014, 34 percent of naturalized citizens ages 25 and older had a bachelor’s degree. By comparison, 23 percent of noncitizen immigrants and 30 percent of the native born had completed a bachelor program.
Naturalized citizens also earn more money than noncitizens and they even have higher median household incomes than the U.S.-born citizens. In 2014, naturalized males had an average income of $50,343, almost $20,000 higher than the noncitizens. Naturalized women working full-time had a median income of $40,585, whereas noncitizen women earned $25,231 a year. Also, 65 percent of new citizens owned a home, the same percentage as the U.S.-born citizens.
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