1 in 7 Illinois Residents Are Immigrants New Report Finds


Washington, D.C. Nov. 8, 2017–Today, the American Immigration Council released data on Illinois’ immigrant population and their contributions to the state. The Illinois state fact sheet includes data on population size, educational and citizenship attainment, English proficiency levels, and data on undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in the state.

The fact sheet shows that one in seven Illinois residents is an immigrant; nearly three-quarters reported speaking English well; 48.2 percent of all immigrants in the state are naturalized U.S. citizens; and over 20 percent of all business owners in the Chicago metropolitan area are immigrants.

The fact sheet also reveals that Immigrants in Illinois paid $9.8 billion in federal taxes and $5.2 billion in state and local taxes in 2014. As consumers, immigrants spent $40.1 billion on Illinois’ economy. Immigrant entrepreneurs in Illinois generated $2.5 billion in business revenue.

Drawing from U.S. Census data and other sources, the Council developed fifty state fact sheets that provide the latest demographic and economic contributions of immigrants in each U.S. state and can be accessed here.


For more information, contact:

Maria Frausto at the American Immigration Council, at mfrausto@immcouncil.org or 202-507-7526.

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