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Infographics and factsheets help tell real story of immigrants, Latinos and Asians’ impact on state economies

Infographics and factsheets help tell real story of immigrants, Latinos and Asians’ impact on state economies

LatinaLista — How many immigrants live within each state? How do Latinos and Asians contribute to a state's economy? How many of any state's immigrants are eligible to vote?

All of these questions and others are answered in the Immigration Policy Center's re-released set of fact sheets for each of the 50 states. The fact sheets were updated with the most recent government and academic data. To make it even easier, infographics, highlighting the top data points of each state, are also available for those who want quick answers without wading through a lot of text.

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The fact sheets and infographics are a synthesis of current government and academic data which highlight the growing economic and political power of immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in each of the 50 states.

Among some of the state facts are:

Alabama: 84.6% of children with immigrant parents were U.S. citizens in 2009, according to the Urban Institute.

Florida: If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Florida, the state would lose $43.9 billion in economic activity, $19.5 billion in gross state product, and approximately 262,436 jobs, even accounting for adequate market adjustment time, according to a report by the Perryman Group.

Idaho: The Latino share of the population grew from 5.3% in 1990, to 7.9% in 2000, to 11.3% (or 177,574 people) in 2010. The Asian share of the population grew from 0.8% in 1990, to 0.9% in 2000, to 1.2% (or 18,857 people) in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Ohio: Latinos comprised 1.3% (or 74,000) of voters in the 2008 elections, and Asians just under 1% (or 51,000), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Although the numbers of Latino and Asian voters were relatively small, they were equivalent to nearly half of the narrow margin of victory (258,897 votes) by which Barack Obama won this key battleground state.

Massachusetts: Immigrants accounted for 16% of total economic output in the Boston metropolitan area as of 2007, according to a study by the Fiscal Policy Institute.

Utah: Mexican immigrants “own property valued at $984 million,” have more than $1.0 billion in purchasing power, and paid more than $67 million in state and local taxes in 2000, according to a report by the Institute of Public and International Affairs at the University of Utah, including:
$7.5 million in income tax;
$52.2 million in sales tax; and
$7.6 million in property tax.

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