5 States With Most, Fewest Green Cards

No. 1 state has a large population from Dominican Republic
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2017 10:29 AM CST
Green card holders are permanent US residents who can live and work here, as well as serve in the military.   (Getty Images/Bill Oxford)

(Newser) – With much ado about President Trump's immigration travel ban, 24/7 Wall St. takes a timely look at which US states house the most immigrants holding green cards, allowing them to legally live and work in America, as well as serve in the US military. The site examined a Department of Homeland Security report that listed immigration stats on green card issues for each state in 2015. Here, the top five and bottom five states, along with the number of green card holders per 100,000 residents, as well as the percentage of that state's population that's made up of immigrants and the most common country of origin:

Top five states

  1. New York, 658.4; 22.9%, Dominican Republic
  2. Florida, 587.2; 20.2%, Cuba
  3. New Jersey, 557.3; 22.1%, India
  4. California, 537.4; 27.4% (highest), Mexico
  5. Hawaii, 457.0; 17.8%, Philippines

Bottom five states

  1. West Virginia, 42.7; 1.6% (lowest), Germany
  2. Montana, 50.3; 2.1%, Canada
  3. Mississippi, 53.1; 2.4%, Mexico
  4. Alabama, 80.9; 3.5%, Mexico
  5. South Carolina, 90.2; 4.8%, Mexico
See the complete list here. (Ten states are more than 90% white.)

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