Houston — An Immigration Snapshot

Director of Integration Programs

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February 25, 2015

With 1,423,721 immigrants living in its metropolitan area, Houston is one the fastest growing cities in the nation.

These folks comprise 29% of the labor force, account for 31% of all businesses, and represent a significant portion of high school students graduating from our schools.

So, while Congress debates the future of immigration reform, we’re looking to communities like Houston 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 of immigrants in Houston, then sign up to help us build an immigration agenda that will help Houston immigrants attain the opportunities, skills, and status they need to help our city reach its fullest potential.

Houston: An Immigration Snapshot

[1] US Census Bureau: Annual Estimates 2013; Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX Metro Area
[2] US Census Bureau: Annual Estimates 2009
[3] Immigration Impact: Immigrants Increasingly Moving to Suburbs
[4] US Census Bureau: 1990 Nativity of Metro Area Populations
[5] US Census Bureau: 1960 Nativity of Metro Area Populations
[6] US Census Bureau: 2009-2013 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[7] New American Media: “Houston Coalition Aims to Naturalize More Immigrants” (April, 2014)
[8] Texas Education Agency: Grade 9 Longitudinal Graduation and Dropout Rates; Class of 2013; ESC Region 4
[9] Houston Independent School District: 2012 Bilingual and ESL Program Evaluation Report
[10] US Census Bureau: Selected Characteristics of the Native and Foreign-Born Populations (2008-2012 estimates)
[11] US Census Bureau: 2009-2013 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[12] US Census Bureau: 2009-2013 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[13] Migration Policy Institute: LEP Linguistic Data
[14] Fiscal Policy Institute, Immigration Research Initiative: Immigrant Small Business Owners, July 2012
[15] Immigration Policy Center: New Americans in Texas; July 2013
[16] US Census Bureau: 2009-2013 ACS 5-Year Estimates
[17] Kinder Institute for Urban Research: Houston Region Grows More Racially/Ethnically Diverse…
[18] Pew Research Center, Hispanic Trends: Unauthorized Immigrants in the US, 2012; November 2014
[19] NIF Estimate: Calculated using the MPI County-Level DACA-DAPA Immigrant 2010 Dataset using the Houston Primary Statistical Area