U.S. Immigration by the Numbers
Immigration Statistics from the most recent data available from the Department of Homeland Security
How Many Refugees
Number of refugees to arrive in the U.S. in 2014.
The number of refugees from Asia, the region the U.S. took in the most refugees from in 2014. Africa came in second with 16,343.
The number of refugees from Iraq, the country where the most refugees came to the U.S. from in 2014. Burma was second with 14,598.
Male vs. Female
Of the 69,975 refugees who came to the U.S. in 2014, 36,767 were male and 33,208 were female.
The number of individuals granted asylum in 2014.
The number of individuals granted asylum from China in 2014. The U.S. granted asylum to more people in China than any other country in 2014. Egypt was second with 2,879.
The number of people, in 2014, who became naturalized. Naturalization is the process by which foreign citizens obtain U.S. citizenship.
Mexico (95,889), India (37,854), the Philippines(34,591), China (30,284), Cuba (24,092) and the Dominican Republic (23,775) were the top countries of birth for the people granted U.S. citizenship in 2014.
The largest number of persons naturalized in 2014 live in California (140,234), Florida (79,637), New York (77,717) and Texas (52,879).
The number of persons becoming U.S. citizens increased from 649,193 in 2011 to 757,434 in 2012, to 777,416 in 2013, but then decreased to 654,949 in 2014.
Legal Permanent Residents
In 2014, the total number of people who became legal permanent residents of the United States. These individuals received their green card and therefore they may live and work permanently in the U.S. as well as own property, attend public schools, join certain Armed Forces and apply to become U.S. citizens if they meet certain requirements.
Legal Permanent Resident Increase
The number of individuals granted legal permanent residency increased from 990,553 in 2013 to 1,016,518 in 2014.
The state with the most legal permanent residents in 2014 with 19.5 percent, followed by New York (13.9 percent), Florida (10.8 percent), Texas (9.4 percent) and New Jersey (5.1 percent).
The median age for individuals who became legal permanent residents in 2014. The median age of the native population of the U.S. in 2014 was 37 years.
The number of married individuals granted legal permanent residency in the U.S. in 2014.
New York City, Northern New Jersey, Long Island
The metropolitan area with the most legal permanent residents (174,714) in 2014. Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana had the second most (80,527).
Source: Department of Homeland Security, 2016