Based on the latest information from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources, the Immigration Policy Center has issued a report entitled: ”NEW AMERICANS IN MONTANA: The Economic and Political Power of Immigrants, Latinos, and Asians in the Treasure State.” The following information summarizes their findings.
Some important highlights:
- About 2% of Montana’s population was born outside the United States in 2010 (20,031 people).
- Of our foreign-born population, 57.4% (or 11,506 people) are naturalized citizens, and can vote.
- The Latino population in Montana grew from 1.5% in 1990, to 2.0% in 2000, to 2.9% (or 28,565 people) in 2010.
- Latinos accounted for 1.7% (or 8,000) of Montana voters in the 2008 elections. In a small state like Montana, this is a sizable voting block.
- In Montana, 97.6% of children with immigrant parents were U.S. citizens in 2009.
- In 2009, 99.5% of children in Latino families in Montana were U.S. citizens.
- The 2010 purchasing power of Latinos in Montana totaled $650.3 million.
- Immigrants comprised 2.1% of the state’s workforce in 2009 (or 10,845 workers).
- Unauthorized immigrants comprised less than 1% of the state’s workforce (or fewer than 10,000 workers) in 2010.
- If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from Montana, the state would lose $96.3 million in economic activity, $42.8 million in gross state product, and approximately 720 jobs.
- Montana’s 1,226 foreign students contributed $30 million to the state’s economy in tuition, fees, and living expenses for the 2009-2010 academic year.