^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
4
| News |

5 Surprising Facts About Immigrants in DFW

5 Surprising Facts About Immigrants in DFW
Partnership for a New American Economy

Today, a bipartisan group of mayors and business leaders with the Partnership for a New American Economy released a study of the economic impact of immigrants across the country. The coalition of business leaders and mayors was launched by Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch, and represents the center-right and left champions of immigration reform.

The breakdown of the stats includes state and local breakdowns of how immigrants influence the economy. It also sheds some light on the reasons why business owners and local-level politicians are eager for immigration reform that preserves the economic benefit of immigration while opening up legal ways to come and stay in the United States.

Here are five highlights from the study that may surprise people.

1) The percentage of immigrants in DFW is less than 20 percent of the population.
The report traces the impact of the 1.23 million immigrants in the DFW metro area, which ranks as number 15 nationwide. While the region ranks number 15 in terms of immigrants, the state is home to nearly 4.5 million immigrants, the second-largest population of immigrants in the country behind California.

5 Surprising Facts About Immigrants in DFW
Partnership for a New American Economy

2) After construction, office workers account for the second biggest immigrant work force in DFW.
In Texas, immigrants jobs span multiple sectors.

5 Surprising Facts About Immigrants in DFW
Partnership for a New American Economy

3) The percentage of immigrants with graduate degrees is nearly the same as the native-born population in DFW.
The study says that, nationally, immigrants are 17.2 percent more likely to hold a graduate degree than native-born residents. In the DFW area, the stats are more equal. The study also cites a disparity on the low end of education, with immigrants having nearly five times the percentage of population with no high school education, which says more about the places the immigrants come from and the lack of opportunity that drives them.

5 Surprising Facts About Immigrants in DFW
Partnership for a New American Economy

4) Most immigrants here are of working age.
Working age is defined as being between the ages of 25 and 64. Working age people are the ones who contribute to entitlement programs, rather than the ones who use them.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

5 Surprising Facts About Immigrants in DFW
Partnership for a New American Economy

5) Immigrants may be crucial to the future of American healthcare.
One complaint about immigrants is their burdensome effect on emergency rooms and healthcare.
But the report argues that they are needed to keep the system going, particularly in Texas. "In Texas, a state where nearly one out of every 7 people is currently elderly, finding enough healthcare workers remains a challenge — and one that will likely worsen in the future," it argues. Here are the Texas stats they cite:

5 Surprising Facts About Immigrants in DFW
Partnership for a New American Economy

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.