Where Immigrants Settle in the United States

27 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2004

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Barry R. Chiswick

University of Illinois at Chicago; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Paul W. Miller

Curtin University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics

Date Written: August 2004

Abstract

This paper is concerned with the location of immigrants in the United States, as reported in the 1990 Census. Where they settle has implications for the economic, social and political impact of immigrants. Immigrants are highly geographically concentrated. Compared to the native born they are more likely to live in the central parts of Metropolitan Areas in "gateway (major international airport) cities" in six states (California, New York, Texas, Florida, New Jersey and Illinois). The shift away from the east coast metropolitan areas to California reflects the change in the origins of immigrants from Europe/Canada to Asia, Mexico and other parts of Latin America. Differences by linguistic origin and period of arrival are also considered.

Keywords: immigrants, residential location, language

JEL Classification: J15, J61, R21

Suggested Citation

Chiswick, Barry R. and Miller, Paul W., Where Immigrants Settle in the United States (August 2004). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1231. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=574063

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