About 38% of the nearly two million people living in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metro area were born outside the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau in its American Community Survey.
The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara metropolitan statistical area includes Santa Clara and San Benito counties. The percentage of foreign-born residents in this area is higher than in the New York-Newark-Jersey City (29%) and Los Angeles (33%) metro areas. Only the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach metro area has a higher percentage of foreign-born residents at 40%.
Naturalized citizens make up more than half of the foreign-born residents in the San Jose metro area. While foreign-born residents make up only 13% of the U.S. population, about half of foreign-born residents are naturalized citizens.
The same is true for California.
Here’s how all the other metro areas in the Bay Area stack up.
This data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS is an annual survey of more than 3.5 million households in the U.S. Immigrants, single-parent-headed households, and young adults are often underrepresented because they tend not to respond to the survey.
The information collected from the annual survey generates data that helps determine the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal and state funds each year. The information also helps public officials plan for hospitals, schools, and emergency services, as well as inform employers looking to add jobs and expand to new markets.
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