Arizona's Share of Immigrant Population 11th-Highest

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Back in 1990, Arizona had the 12th-largest share of immigrants in its population.

More than two decades later, Arizona now has the 11th-largest share of immigrants among the 50 states, according to the Pew Research Center.

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The comparison shows there's been no particular boom in Arizona's foreign-born population over the past decade, at least not any more so than other states with higher levels of immigrant residents.

"The number of immigrants have risen so quickly in some parts of the country that states typically thought of as hubs of immigration, such as Arizona, have slipped behind other states by some measures," Pew's report says. "In 2000, immigrants made up 12.9% of Arizona's population, ninth-highest in the nation that year. By 2012, Arizona had dropped to 12th-highest, even though immigrants made up a higher share--13.6%--of the state's population."

Although Arizona only moved up one spot in this ranking over more than two decades, its share of foreign-born population nearly doubled. It was 7.6 percent in 1990, and estimated at 13.6 percent in 2012.

Arizona was also estimated to have the eighth-highest share of foreign-born population in 2000, but has since been passed by Massachusetts, Maryland, and Illinois.


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La Messa Qvo
La Messa Qvo

Even next to Mexico AZ cant get top 5. Thats as bad as education, jobs

Craig Smith
Craig Smith

"They say there are about 12 million illegal immigrants in this country. But if you ask a Native American, that number is more like 300 million." -David Letterman

But not for long because their population is expected to shrink starting soon.

john043012 topcommenter

Well it seems you guys where able to read between the lines on Hendley's story. To bad the writer has too use childish ways to inflame a terrible situation. Hendley and his ilk will never admit to the difference of a legal immigrant and an illegal immigrant to these P.O.S writers by combining the 2 they want their readers to think it  legitimizes them both. Pretty warped mindset

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

notice it says "IMMIGRANTS" not "ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS"??...............something to consider before you go off on one of your rants JAFfy. there is a difference between being an immigrant and an illegal one

socalazlefty Why?  Are the GOP businessmen going to quit hiring them?


@john043012 According to the Conservative GOP business owner the  difference between Legal and illegal is about 1.50 an hour making the illegal a much better choice for these new age John Galts!

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@john043012  "the difference of a legal immigrant and an illegal immigrant"

... an arbitrary piece of paper.


@danzigsdaddy Of course there is a difference between a legal and illegal immigrant. Legal is good, illegal is bad.  Like I have said many times before I have absolutely no problem with immigrants who are here legally.  Those who came here the legal way I welcome.  And just to clear things up I do not mean that I welcome those who were given amnesty.


@danzigsdaddy How true how true. People such as JAFfy,  have no interest in dealing with facts. JAFfy and his type would much rather spout off their bigoted rhetoric than deal with facts. I thought I'd post this link so thinking people could actually see the stats and come to their own conclusions. There are some very interesting stats in this study that I was not aware of, some that are a bit unsettling. Take a look at the section of the study that deals with which types and percentages of occupations immigrants hold vs U.S citizens. Would have been nice if PNT would have posted a link to the Pew research study.......anyway here it is if anyone is interested.      http//


@danzigsdaddy  I can't decipher the code words anymore. Is this article about immigrants or illegal aliens? or both? The fact is that the terms are different but are commonly used interchangeably.

danzigsdaddy topcommenter actually Hendley can discern the difference...............its your constant remarks that show that YOU cant

danzigsdaddy topcommenter heres the problem skippy, i am against illegal immigration, but i dont hate Mexicans. you hate Mexicans and use it to support your opposition of illegal immigration. do you see the difference? (I doubt it) if you do get it..........please........... explain it for us

danzigsdaddy topcommenter @danzigsdaddy  if you are against immigration reform, you dont want ANY of them here. reform means to fix what is broken.............the system is broken. you are always on here crying NO to reform and you for some unknown reason think reform means blanket doesnt, look up the word reform sometime, it might clear some things up for you (but then again, maybe it never do seem to comprehend anything you read................or claim to read)

@Bnbk Not dealing with the facts? I do deal with the facts. It's you bozos who are not dealing with the facts.

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

I am assuming it is just plain old immigrants as in here legally. You are right though, people mistakenly interchange them

valleynative topcommenter

@bornineastla @danzigsdaddy 

It's about "foreign born populations", which is not the same as illegals.

Arizona is about #4 in population of illegal aliens, by most estimates.

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