Columbia — An Immigration Snapshot

Interim Constituencies Program Director

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March 12, 2015

Between 2000 and 2013, South Carolina had the largest percent growth of the immigrant population in the nation at 99%. Driving that growth was Columbia, where the share of the immigrant population grew to be 4.8% by 2012.

71% of these immigrants are of working age, and more than 50% have at least some college in their educational background.

So, while Congress debates the future of immigration reform, we’re looking to communities like Columbia that have the opportunity to address immigration and forge a major impact on the local political environment, schools system, public services, and economic prosperity.

Check out our snapshot on immigrants in Columbia, then sign up to help us build an immigration agenda that will help Columbia immigrants attain the opportunities, skills, and status they need to help our city reach its fullest potential.

Columbia: An Immigration Snapshot

[1] US Census Bureau: 2008-2012 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[2] US Census Bureau: 2008-2012 ACS 1-Year Estimates
[3] MPI Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the US
[4] US Census Bureau: 2008-2012 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[5] US Census Bureau: 2008-2012 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[6] US Census Bureau: 2008-2012 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[7] US Census Bureau: 2008-2012 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[8] US Census Bureau: 2008-2012 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[9] US Census Bureau: 2008-2012 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[10] US Census Bureau: 2008-2012 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[11] US Census Bureau: 2008-2012 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[12] Pew Research Center, Unauthorized Immigrant Population, by State, 2012