San Jose — An Immigration Snapshot

Director of Integration Programs

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February 25, 2015

With 682,834 immigrants living in it’s metropolitan area, San Jose is one the fastest growing cities in the nation.

These folks comprise 45.6% of the labor force and, in 2003, half of all tech startups in the Valley were founded by Indian, Chinese or Taiwanese immigrants.

Despite all this immigrant talent in STEM fields, San Jose/Silicon Valley is facing a shortage of STEM talent.

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

San Jose: An Immigration Snapshot

[1] ACS 2009-2013 Estimates, Selected Characteristics, San Jose Metro Area
[2] National Journal: How California is Making Life Easier for Undocumented Immigrants
[3] US Census Bureau: 2012 Estimates
[4] San Jose Econ Development Strategy, 2003
[5] US Census Bureau: 2000
[6] US Census Bureau: 1990
[7] US Census Bureau: 1960
[8] ACS 2009-2013 Estimates, Selected Characteristics, San Jose Metro Area
[9] US Census Bureau: Foreign Born with Science and Engineering Degrees (2010)
[10] ACS 2009-2013 Estimates, Selected Characteristics, San Jose Metro Area
[11] Migration Policy Institute: LEP Linguistic Data
[12] ACS 2009-2013 Estimates, Selected Characteristics, San Jose Metro Area
[13] San Jose Econ Development Strategy, 2003
[14] US Chamber of Commerce: Immigration Myths and Facts
[15] US Census Bureau, ACS 2009-2013 Estimates
[16] MPI: Indian Immigrants in the United States; 2013
[17] MPI: Vietnamese Immigrants in the United States; 2014
[18] USC: What’s at Stake for the State; 2013
[19] For Santa Clara County, which is very similar to the San Jose Metro Area. Public Policy Institute of California: Unauthorized Immigrants in California; 2011