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The Changing Face of Immigration in America

 

Genealogists in the US might be interested in a study just released by the US Census Bureau detailing the characteristics of recent immigrants to America. Given that the United States is a country of immigrants, it is interesting to note how much the pattern of immigration has changed over the last two hundred years. As shown in the table below, the flow of immigrants has switched from Europe and Africa in 1790 towards Central America and Asia today.

Rank
Year 1790
Year 2007
1
England
Mexico
2
Africa
China
3
Germany
Philippines
4
Scotland
India
5
Ireland
El Salvador
6
Netherlands
Vietnam

 

 

The recent US Census Bureau study also includes a map showing where recent immigrants tend to settle in the United States. Any genealogist interested in general ancestral trends in the US should also consider looking at the excellent ancestry study released by the US Census Bureau in 2004.

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