Brookings Data Now: Statistics of Immigration in the U.S.

In this immigration edition of Brookings Data Now: largest share of international migrants in the U.S.; immigrant population in U.S. rises; most U.S. immigrants are working age; most originate from Mexico; many immigrants in the U.S. workforce.

For more data on immigration in America see Brookings Fellow Audrey Singer’s presentation for the White House.

232 million

International migrants worldwide.

Of this number, 19.8 percent live in the United States.


Percentage of the U.S. population made up of immigrants.

The immigrant population in the U.S. has nearly doubled since 1990, rising to about 40 million.


U.S. foreign born population between 20 and 64 years old.

Only 57 percent of the native born population in the U.S. falls within this age range.

11 million

Approximate number of immigrants from Mexico.

In 2012, 1,967,998 immigrants, or 5 percent of the total immigrant population, originated from India.


Share of foreign born population within the civilian employed population.

One-in-four children have at least one foreign-born parent.

Elina Saxena contributed to this post.