Most of the 11.1 Million Illegal Immigrants in the U.S. Live in Just 20 Cities
Most of the United States’ 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants live in just 20 major metropolitan areas, with the largest populations in New York, Los Angeles and Houston, according to new Pew Research Center estimates based on government data.
The analysis shows that the nation’s unauthorized immigrant population is highly concentrated, more so than the U.S. population overall. In 2014, the latest year for the most comprehensive data, the 20 metro areas with most unauthorized immigrants were home to 6.8 million of them, or 61% of the estimated nationwide total. By contrast, only 36% of the total U.S. population lived in those metro areas.
All told, unauthorized immigrants tend to live where other immigrants live.
Nationally, unauthorized immigrants made up 3.5% of the total population in 2014. Unauthorized immigrants account for about one-in-four foreign-born U.S. residents.