Metro areas most impacted by the new immigration ban


Source: cnn.com

Interesting data from the Brookings Institutionis provided below which is related to existing immigrant residents in the United States from the recently banned seven (7) Muslim nations.  The data in the first chart shows those cities where these immigrant populations constitute the largest percentage of the overall metropolitan population. A wide variety of communities situated in parts of 16 states are represented in the chart. These new neighbors from Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Somalia, and Libya are and have been peacefully coexisting with their fellow metropolitan area residents.

METROPOLITAN AREAS WITH THE HIGHEST SHARES OF RESIDENTS FROM “BANNED COUNTRIES,” 2011-2015

Metro area Total population Total from banned countries Number from banned countries per 1,000 population
Detroit, MI 4,296,400 64,300 15.0
Modesto, CA 527,400 7,800 14.9
Los Angeles, CA 13,154,500 160,800 12.2
San Diego, CA 3,223,100 38,900 12.1
Rochester, MN 211,300 2,400 11.4
St. Cloud, MN 191,800 1,800 9.6
San Jose, CA 1,925,700 16,600 8.6
Fargo, ND-MN 223,400 1,800 8.2
Harrisonburg, VA 129,200 900 7.2
Lincoln, NE 315,100 2,100 6.8
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI 3,458,800 23,500 6.8
Columbus, OH 1,972,400 12,200 6.2
Washington, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,949,400 36,000 6.0
Iowa City, IA 161,500 900 5.6
Portland, ME 520,900 2,900 5.6
Grand Island, NE 84,000 400 5.3
Nashville, TN 1,761,800 8,800 5.0
Seattle, WA 3,614,400 17,900 5.0
San Francisco-Oakland, CA 4,528,900 22,000 4.8
Ann Arbor, MI 354,100 1,700 4.8

Note: Data for Libya, one of the seven nations affected by the order, were not available.
Source: Brookings analysis of 2011-2015 5-year American Community Survey data. Observations rounded to nearest 100.

Similarly, this second chart from the Brookings Institution provides a breakdown showing the number of immigrants from each of the seven (7) banned nations for the 20 metropolitan areas  with the largest combined population of these immigrants. Twenty (20) states are represented in this chart. Nearly three-fourths (3/4’s) of all immigrants from these seven nations live in the 20 metropolitan areas listed below.

METROPOLITAN AREAS WITH THE LARGEST NUMBER OF RESIDENTS BORN IN “BANNED COUNTRIES,” 2011-2015

Metro area Iran Iraq Somalia Sudan Syria Yemen Total
Los Angeles, CA 136,000 8,500 500 600 14,900 100 160,800
Detroit, MI 1,600 46,800 0 200 4,300 11,300 64,300
New York, NY-NJ-PA 21,700 3,300 300 1,900 10,900 11,100 49,100
San Diego, CA 10,700 24,400 2,400 300 1,100 100 38,900
Washington, DC-VA-MD-WV 21,500 5,600 2,900 3,500 2,000 500 36,000
Chicago, IL 6,700 13,100 900 700 5,700 1,400 28,400
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI 1,400 800 19,900 1,100 100 100 23,500
San Francisco-Oakland, CA 16,300 1,400 0 300 900 3,000 22,000
Houston, TX 10,300 4,700 900 900 1,700 100 18,500
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX 8,700 4,800 1,400 1,900 1,100 100 18,000
Seattle, WA 5,900 2,600 7,500 800 600 400 17,900
Phoenix, AZ 5,100 8,600 1,300 1,400 900 100 17,300
San Jose, CA 14,200 1,500 300 200 400 0 16,600
Atlanta, GA 5,300 1,900 2,600 1,300 900 100 12,200
Columbus, OH 1,100 1,400 8,900 200 500 0 12,200
Boston, MA-NH 4,200 1,500 2,200 600 1,900 0 10,400
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA 5,100 1,500 100 0 2,600 100 9,400
Nashville, TN 1,700 3,900 1,600 1,200 200 200 8,800
Sacramento, CA 6,100 1,400 200 100 500 100 8,400
Modesto, CA 4,300 3,100 0 0 100 300 7,800
Total for 20 metro areas 288,000 140,800 53,900 17,200 51,300 29,100 580,500
All other metro areas 76,900 49,400 25,500 22,000 23,800 10,300 208,000

Note: Data for Libya, one of the seven nations affected by the order, were not available.
Source: Brookings analysis of 2011-2015 5-year American Community Survey data. Observations rounded to nearest 100.

Just like all the immigrant populations that have preceded them, nearly all of the folks represented in the charts above are good, law-abiding residents (and/or citizens) who contribute daily to the diverse social, economic, religious, and cultural fabric of our nation. To categorize them otherwise, or to lump them all together is not only unfair, but does everyone, including ourselves, a great disservice.

I, for one, am truly grateful for my Muslim friends, and for those from all manner of beliefs and tenets. For our nation to truly thrive to its fullest and in the manner expressed in our founding documents, we must remain inclusive to all and turn our backs on those forces, both internal and external, that prey upon our fears and our differences.

Peace and Namaste!

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