The Visual Du Jour – Foreign-Borns: Then and Now

Check out this great infographic from The Census Bureau on migration:

Foreign Born infographic image

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

There is a lot that is interesting here. First of all, the percentage of US population that is foreign-born is lower now than it was in the 19th century so, even though the foreign-born population is larger in numbers, because the US population has also grown larger, that percentage has varied in a different direction than the raw numbers.

What is not surprising is the shift in countries / regions of origin. The 19th century was the time of European migration while the more recent trends have shifted to Central America and Asia. That migrating population is also younger and distributed more widely across the US rather than concentrated on the coastal areas.

[As a side note: thanks to the Census for providing full embedding code for this infographic.]

4 thoughts on “The Visual Du Jour – Foreign-Borns: Then and Now

  1. discussion of immigration to the united states systematically excludes african slaves who: a) are foreign born b)migrated to the united states from africa

    wikipedia “Immigration is the movement of people into a country or region to which they are not native in order to settle there.[1] Immigration is made for many reasons, including temperature, breeding, economic, political, family re-unification, natural disaster, poverty or the wish to change one’s surroundings voluntarily.”

    while slavery is not listed, what is the purpose of excluding such an important American migration

  2. the importation/immigration of african slaves was certainly important to colonists who enshrined their status in the population in the 3/5 comprimise which determined representation in the house of representatives and the presidential electoral college

    the obviously put effort into keeping track of how many africans were being imported/immigrated into the colonies

  3. Australia now has an almost 26% foreign born population. I am sure that if you look at the pattern of migration to Australia over the same period, you would see the same results because the reasons that people are migrating to the US are essentially the same as when they migrate to Australia.

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