Indicators

Contribution to growth: Immigrants
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The net change in population by nativity and the share of the net change in population attributable to immigrants. Shares of net change are restricted to range between 0 and 100 percent and are not reported when there was a net decline in both the U.S.-born and immigrants. The U.S.-born includes all people who identify as being born in the United States (including U.S. territories and outlying areas), or born abroad of at least one U.S. citizen parent. Immigrants include all people who identify as being born abroad, outside of the United States, of non-U.S. citizen parents. Data for 2014 represents a 2010-2014 average. For more information, see the data and methods document. | National Equity Atlas Data & Methods: Technical Documentation

United States

Change in population by nativity:

Which groups are driving growth?

Why it matters

Immigration is a significant driver of population growth nationwide, and in many distressed communities, new immigrants are fueling neighborhood revitalization and business growth. Policies that increase access to education, services, and living-wage jobs for immigrants, and remove barriers to their full and equal participation, will help communities thrive.

Grow an equitable economy: Policies to promote immigrant inclusion

New Haven’s Municipal ID Card Creates Community

In 2007, New Haven launched the Elm City Resident’s Card and became the first city to issue a municipal ID card as a strategy to protect and integrate its growing immigrant population into the community. The city’s undocumented residents were targets of crime because they carried large amounts of money with them since they did not have bank accounts. The card provides access to a host of services, from banking to parking to checking out library books to more than 10,000 residents. The Elm City card has fostered a sense of community among all its residents, and contributed to the reduction of crime in the area by 20 percent. Read more.