Around 20 percent of the people who received green cards in the US favoured residing in California, according to a report. The recently released report of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had gathered data for the years of 2012, 2013 and 2014.
California attracts almost 20 percent of people who get LPR (Lawful Permanent Resident) status each year. The second most preferred state was New York, with 14 percent LPRs preferring to stay there. Florida with 11 percent and Texas, New Jersey, Illinois with 14 percent, 9.4 percent, 5.1 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively, were the other desired states of residence for the new green-card holders.
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA with 17 percent and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA with 7.9 percent were the most sought-after metropolitan areas which attracted new green-card holders in 2014.
Out of these new LPRs, 54 percent were females and 59 percent were married. The average age of these new immigrants is lesser than that of the native Americans. The median age of new LPRs was 32 years as against 37 years of the US population. More than half of the new green-card holders were already residing in the US when they obtained LPRs while the new arrivals comprised 47 percent.
Of the one million people, who were granted the LPR status in 2014, 74,451 were Indians. Mexicans received the highest number of green cards with 14 percent of all LPRs issued that year.
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