New York is home to 4.4 million immigrants, says study

NY State houses the second largest number immigrants in the US

New York State houses the second largest number immigrants in the United States, says a report, A Portrait of Immigrants in New York, released by Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller.

They comprise approximately 22 percent, numbering around 4.4 million, of New York’s population. It is second only to California which, in 2014, was home to close to 10.3 million immigrants.

The highest concentration of immigrants resides in New York State, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. quotes DiNapoli as saying that although most of the immigrants live in New York City, they are helping improve communities in suburban, upstate and its main streets.

While immigrants make up for 35 percent of New York City’s population, they accounted for 20 percent of the population of the Hudson Valley and Long Island, said the report which is said to be based on the state as well as federal data.

On the other hand, their proportion was low in Finger Lakes, where they accounted for six percent of the population, their percentage was only five in the Mohawk Valley, the Southern Tier and central New York.

The report also stated that around two out of three New York immigrants have been citizens of the US for quite a long time as they entered the country prior to 2000.

Among 631,000 immigrants, who arrived during 2010-2015, 75 percent of them made New York City, a.k.a. Big Apple, their home. On the other hand, 73,000 opted to live in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse.

If the US-born children of immigrants in cities of Albany, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo and Schenectady are taken into account, each of these is home to 10 percent immigrant population, the report adds.

According to DiNapoli, immigrants have driven economic activity within every region, in addition to promoting their cultural and social dynamism.

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