New York City immigrants today

New York City is home to 3.1 million immigrants, the largest number in the City’s history. Immigrants comprise nearly 38% of the city population and 45% of its workforce (up from 31% in 1990).

21% of New Yorkers are naturalized U.S. citizens. 10.9% are lawful permanent residents. 6.3% are undocumented.

62% of New Yorkers live in households with at least one immigrant, including one million New Yorkers who live in households where at least one person is undocumented.

The hour glass: Nearly half of immigrant New Yorkers age 25 years or older have graduated from college or have attended some college. These rates are notably higher for naturalized U.S. citizens. Nearly 37% of undocumented immigrants living in New York City have less than a high school degree, compared to approximately 33% of those with green cards and other status, 22% of naturalized U.S. citizens, and 11% of U.S.-born citizens.


Source: NYC government.

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