Immigrants are moving to these US cities

American Cities Want To Attract Immigrants

The US Census Bureau publishes annual estimates of population changes in the 381 government-defined metropolitan statistical areas in the country. Along with overall population change, the Bureau also releases the major subcomponents of population change.

We previously looked at which cities Americans are moving to and from, and now we're taking a look at where people are coming to from abroad.

The map shows net international migration between July 2014 and July 2015 — the number of immigrants moving to a metro area minus the number of residents of that metro moving to another country — for each metro area in the US, as a percent of the July 2014 population:

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The top ten metro area destinations for immigrants are a mix of big cosmopolitan cities like New York and Miami, tech hubs like San Jose and Palo Alto, and college towns like Lafayette, IN and Manhattan, KS.

Check out the top 10 cities:

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Immigrants are moving to these US cities

Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach, Florida

Net international migration: 335,637

2014 population: 5,937,100

Percent change: 5.7

Ithaca, New York

Net international migration: XX

2014 population: XX

Percent change: 5.6

San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, California

Net international migration: 92,657

2014 population: 1,954,348

Percent change: 4.7

Manhattan, Kansas

Net international migration: 4,187

2014 population: 97,524

Percent change: 4.3

Ames, Iowa

Net international migration: 4,072

2014 population: 95,456

Percent change: 4.3

Jacksonville, North Carolina

Net international migration: 7,840

2014 population: 185,267

Percent change: 4.2

Urbana-Champaign, Illinois

Net international migration: 9,997

2014 population: 237,579

Percent change: 4.2

Lafayette, Indiana

Net international migration: 8,238

2014 population: 212,271

Percent change: 3.9

New York City/Newark/Jersey City, New York and New Jersey

Net international migration: 773,841

2014 population: 20,095,119

Percent change: 2.9

Honolulu, Hawaii

Net international migration: 36,923

2014 population: 992,082

Percent change: 3.7


Three of the ten metros with the lowest net international migration are located in Oregon:

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