Immigrants are an integral part of the cultural mix making up America. Map the Impact, an interactive map website, explains how immigrants impact each state.
Across the country, from large cities to small, rural communities, immigrants contribute to the U.S. economy by filling labor shortages and starting businesses. Foreign born students make up a significant portion of university science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. Their participation in higher education helps drive innovation which fuels job growth. According to Map the Impact, immigrants also started and owned businesses at much higher rates than native born people.
Despite their significant potential for contribution, many immigrants’ successes are stunted by obstacles including visa approvals and immigration policies.
Each state page breaks down the immigrant population by country and presents statistics about the immigrant community. The pages also explain the economic impact, foreign innovations and workforce makeup of immigrants in that state. The Spotlight section is a personal anecdote or example from that state. Explore your state’s data and see how immigration contributes to your community.