Recent data on immigrants in Oregon

The American Immigration Council recently compiled some data on immigrants in Oregon:

The foreign-born share of Oregon’s population rose from 4.9% in 1990, to 8.5% in 2000, to 9.7% in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  Oregon was home to 366,405 immigrants in 2008.

36.1% of immigrants (or 132,238 people) in Oregon were naturalized U.S. citizens in 2008—meaning that they are eligible to vote.

-The Latino share of Oregon’s population grew from 4.0% in 1990, to 8.0% in 2000, to 11.0% (or 416,907 people) in 2008.  The Asian share of the population grew from 2.3% in 1990, to 3.0% in 2000, to 3.4% (or 128,862 people) in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

-In Oregon, more than four-in-five (or 84% of) children in immigrant families were U.S. citizens in 2007.

The 2009 purchasing power of Latinos in Oregon totaled $7.0 billion—an increase of 660.9% since 1990.  Asian buying power totaled $4.7 billion—an increase of 425.0% since 1990.

-Oregon’s 6,360 Latino-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $1.4 billion and employed 8,272 people in 2002, the last year for which data is available.  The state’s 9,046 Asian-owned businesses had sales and receipts of $2.2 billion and employed 22,714 people in 2002, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners.

-Immigrants comprised 12.2% of the state’s workforce in 2008 (or 239,997 workers).

Source:  New Americans in the Beaver State

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  1. […] or roughly 21,000 persons, between 2009 and 2010; the slowest rate in many years.  Notably, net migration for the state was only 6,400 persons.  During boom years, net migration into Oregon was much […]

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