The United States has always been a nation of immigrants and their progeny, and this is particularly true in the current era, although the current recession may be slowing immigration for the time being. People go where opportunity knocks.
In better days, before the current recession and the discussion about “natural born” citizens, one used to talk about 1st-Generation Americans as opposed to e.g. 2nd-Generation Americans. Recently, the country has gone nutty on this topic, and we have thus been examining the facts.
The New York Times at “Remade in America” in its Immigration Explorer features an interactive nationwide map from SocialExplorer.com which shows the distribution of foreign-born inhabitants in the United States by county (clickable). Immigration has been the trademark and lifeblood of America for centuries, so that this is not surprising, but what has changed is the origin of “where” – the countries from which the immigrants are coming – and that is the core of the problem., with the balance of immigration having shifted from Europe to immigration from 3rd-world countries.
Social Explorer – by the way – is not only a useful subscription-based website for information found in socio-economic maps, but it also provides free access to U.S. Census data maps for the years 1790 to 2000 for the U.S.A., broken down by States, particular counties, or even exact streets and neighborhoods – for the following parameters:
Population, Age, Sex, Race, Income, Family Structure, Marital Status, Group Quarters, Unmarried Partners, Education, Housing, Labor Force, Employment Sector, Industry, Occupation, Occupation by Sex, Unemployment, Poverty, Travel time to Work, Transportation, Residence, Veterans, Foreign Born, Foreign Born Place of Birth, Ancestry, Asian and Hispanic Groups, Asian and Hispanic Groups (%), Ancestry Place of Birth (%), Foreign Born Place of Birth (%)
These maps show clearly the changing nature of population demographics in America and the new challenges that the citizens of the United States face in the coming years.