Website on Immigrant’s Share of Population Increase

Screen shot 2015-01-23 at 3.28.05 PMA new data resource is available for better understanding the major role of immigration in driving the rapidly rising U.S. population by Federation for American Immigration Reform Spokesperson, Jack Martin. The website is

Over the last half century, the country added 130 million residents to the 170 million population in 1960 – a 72.5 percent surge. The foreign-born resident population soared even faster, by 310 percent, and rose from 5.4 percent of the population to 12.9 percent. These data, however, do not fully describe the role of immigration in population increase. Immigrants also contribute to population increase as a result of the children they bear after arrival. This is at a rate higher than the rate for the native-born population.

When an estimated share of births minus deaths (natural change) among the immigrant population is added to the increase from net immigration (newcomers minus those moving from the country) the share rises to about three-fourths of the population increase. A recent Census Bureau population projection forecast that the trend in growth in the foreign-born share of the U.S. population will continue.

The new website provides the Census Bureau population data for the nation, for each of the 50 states and Washington, DC, and for the nation’s 371 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). You will find many MSAs where immigration is the only factor resulting in population increase. The pattern, however, varies widely with a few MSAs where the foreign-born share has declined.

For those concerned about the environmental impact of the rising population, this new resource is a valuable analytical resource for understanding how immigration contributes to urban crowding and sprawl.

For more information on immigration facts and issues visit FAIR’s website.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    The Pope was recently in the Catholic country of the Philippines and shortly afterward he affirmed the church ban against birth control. So in spite of his image as being somehow “different”, he’s still promoting the same policies that have led to misery and hunger all over the world.

    The population of the Philippines was 10 million in 1920. Now? 100 million, and the land and sea areas are unable to support that many. But the church hierarchy always has a solution. Which is, they insist it’s our duty to take in our poor brethren. No, it’s not. We can try to help with aid but the poor of the world cannot move here. We are overpopulated now. So the American media continues to promote this portrayal of some enlightened Pope, but he’s just another in a long line who are causing extreme poverty with their medieval views.

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      Carmen L. Blair on

      Pope Francis is in trouble for saying that Catholics need not “breed like rabbits”,but with the same restrictions on artificial methods of birth control, the same rate of population increase will continue in predominantly Catholic countries. Catholics aren’t the only ones in the world with above replacement birth rates. I agree with you that it is not the responsibility of the United States, not of Canada, Europe or Australia either to take in population surpluses from the rest of the world .The water tables in the U.S. are dropping ,natural habitat is shrinking, so many of our natural resources are being depleted ,our carbon footprint is increasing and it is becoming more challenging to dispose of human waste without further polluting our land and water ways. Our nation does not need more people!

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        So Carmen what are you doing here then?……what is your single last name…Gonzales….?

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      Leland you are so good on criticizing everybody even the Pope……what a life you must have…not a happy one for sure…

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        So I take it that you agree with his position on birth control? You would rather see children go hungry than have the parents use birth control?

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          All I am saying Leland is that you are fake…………….you talk a lot about the Constitution but yet you criticize the Pope in his beliefs……….very Anti_american…….

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            The Constitution? Maybe you missed that first amendment where I get to say what I want. If you disagree, tell me why I’m wrong.