Updated: February 28, 2014
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 from current and past reports:
- About 2% of Montana’s population was born outside the United States in 2010 (20,060 people).
- Of our foreign-born population, 48.2% (or 9,662 people) are naturalized citizens, and can vote.
- Unauthorized immigrants comprised less than 0.5% of the state’s population (or fewer than 10,000 workers) in 2010.
- 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.
- 2.7% (or 13,937) of registered voters in Montana were “New Americans”— naturalized citizens or the U.S.-born children of immigrants who were raised during the current era of immigration from Latin America and Asia which began in 1965.
- 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 2.0% of the state’s workforce in 2011 (or 10,821 workers).
- 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 1,323 foreign students contributed $34.7 million to the state’s economy in tuition, fees, and living expenses for the 2011-2012 academic year.