California holds the most foreign-born residents in the nation

From the Los Angeles Times, “The foreign-born population of the United States has risen to 40 million, or almost 13% of the population, according to new figures from the Census Bureau. That’s up from about 31 million, or about 11% of the total population, in 2000.” The new report shows that on average, foreign-born were more likely to be employed than native-born Americans.

California is home to 1 in 4 of foreign-born residents, representing 27%, or 10.2 million, of the state’s population of about 37 million. Overall, more than half of the U.S. foreign-born population came from Latin America and the Caribbean, with most of those from Mexico. More than a quarter of foreign-born residents arrived here from Asia, with about 12% from Europe, 4% from Africa and smaller percentages from other regions.

The new stats are from the 2010 American Community Survey, which replaced the long-form decennial census.