Saturday, March 24, 2012

Unauthorized Immigrants: 11.5 Million

The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States changed little between 2010 and 2011, according to new estimates by the Department of Homeland Security.

As of January 2011, there were an estimated 11.5 million unauthorized immigrants in the country, about the same as the 11.6 million in January 2010 (this figure has been revised upward from 10.8 million based on 2010 census weights). The number of unauthorized immigrants grew 36 percent between 2000 and 2011, from 8,460,000 to 11,510,000.

The 10 states with the largest number of unauthorized immigrants in 2011 were...
California: 2,830,000
Texas: 1,790,000
Florida: 740,000
New York: 630,000
Illinois: 550,000
Georgia: 440,000
New Jersey: 420,000
North Carolina: 400,000
Arizona: 360,000
Washington: 260,000

Since 2000, the number of unauthorized immigrants has grown in each of the above states except one. Florida's unauthorized immigrant population fell by 10,000 between 2000 and 2011.

Source: Department of Homeland Security, Estimates of the Unauthorized Immigrant Population Residing in the United States: January 2011

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