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Map: Comparing America's Immigration Changes Over The Past 100 Years

| by Jonathan Wolfe

The Pew Research Center recently published a story titled “From Germany to Mexico: How America’s source of immigrants has changed over a century.”

The story tracks which different immigrant groups came to the U.S. at different times in history, and Pew produced some great maps to illustrate the changes.

In 1910, European immigrants dominate the map. Mexican and Japanese immigrants represent the largest immigrant groups in just four states; aside from that, the biggest groups in each state all come from Europe or Canada.

Now contrast that map with the one from 2010, in which Mexican immigrants are the largest immigrant group in 32 out of 50 states. Canada holds down the second most states, with five. Interesting fact: immigrants account for a smaller percentage of the American population now (12.9%) than they did in 1910 (14.9%). 

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Sources: Pew Research Center