How much do immigrants impact Illinois?

Marc FilippinoReboot Illinois

February 27, 2017

President Trump’s focus on immigration has fired up conversations around the country.  

In his first month of office, Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries ( district and appellate courts later ruled against it). Trump’s administration also beefed up deportation rules allowing for more expulsion of immigrants. Meanwhile, the president continues to promote his plan for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

What exactly is the impact of immigrants on the U.S.? WalletHub analysts took a look at how foreign-born populations affect the local economies of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

WalletHub delved a little into their methodology. They used 18 key metrics, with each graded on a 100-point scale, with a Those metrics included things like jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses,  the share of income generated by immigrant households, the share of Fortune 500 companies founded by immigrants or their children, and the number of international students per total students.

It turns out immigrants had a positive effect on coastal states and states with major cities like California, Illinois, Florida, and New York.  Texas also ranked high on the list.

WalletHub also measured immigrant academic and innovation contributions. The study showed the number of international students and the number of immigrants aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree. This measurement of “brain gain,” as WalletHub called it, is more prevalent in states with world-renowned universities like Massachusetts, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

The study found immigrants have a much less significant effect on inland states, with Midwest and Southern states making up the majority of lower scores.

To see the total scores of each state check out the map below.

Source: WalletHub

To get a better idea of how immigrants affect states on specific issues take a look at the infographic below.

 

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Check out the top 10 and bottom 10 states affected by immigrants in the lists below.

1. California

  • Total score: 71.34
  • Workforce rank: 1
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 1
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 7
  • International student rank: 10

2. New Jersey

  • Total score: 69.93
  • Workforce rank: 2
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 3
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 1
  • International student rank: 27

3. New York

  • Total score: 67.34
  • Workforce rank: 3
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 4
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 2
  • International student rank: 3

4. Massachusetts

  • Total score: 59.87
  • Workforce rank: 7
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 11
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 4
  • International student rank: Tied-1

5. District of Columbia

  • Total score: 58.62
  • Workforce rank: 4
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 28
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 3
  • International student rank: Tied-1

6. Connecticut

  • Total score: 56.09
  • Workforce rank: 10
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 5
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 9
  • International student rank: 9

7. Delaware

  • Total score: 54.31
  • Workforce rank: 8
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 19
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 5
  • International student rank: 5

8. Washington state

  • Total score: 53.31
  • Workforce rank: 6
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 16
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 6
  • International student rank: 11

9. Illinois

  • Total score: 52.58
  • Workforce rank: 9
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 13
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 10
  • International student rank: 8

10. Hawaii

  • Total score: 50.37
  • Workforce rank: 11
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 2
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 38
  • International student rank: 23

The bottom 10 states affected by immigration

41. Nebraska

  • Total score: 21.88
  • Workforce rank: 42
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 42
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 44
  • International student rank: 24

42. Montana

  • Total score: 21.17
  • Workforce rank: 50
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 37
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 32
  • International student rank: 40

43. Alabama

  • Total score: 21.12
  • Workforce rank: 48
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 49
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 24
  • International student rank: 43

44. Arkansas

  • Total score: 20.64
  • Workforce rank: 37
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 44
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 45
  • International student rank: 41

45. Tennessee

  • Total score: 20.11
  • Workforce rank: 34
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 47
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 42
  • International student rank: 44

46. Oklahoma

  • Total score: 19.82
  • Workforce rank: 45
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 35
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 51
  • International student rank: 26

47. Wyoming

  • Total score: 19.26
  • Workforce rank: 46
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 39
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 49
  • International student rank: 46

48. Louisiana

  • Total score: 18.90
  • Workforce rank: 33
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 50
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 41
  • International student rank: 38

49. South Dakota

  • Total score: 18.49
  • Workforce rank: 43
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 46
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 47
  • International student rank: 39

50. Kentucky

  • Total score: 18.17
  • Workforce rank: 40
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 51
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 39
  • International student rank: 42

51. Mississippi

  • Total score: 15.01
  • Workforce rank: 49
  • Socioeconomic contribution: 45
  • Brain Gain & innovation rank: 48
  • International student rank: 49
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