Picture credit - The Staffing Stream

Immigration continues to be at the forefront of state and national issues, which is why personal finance website WalletHub recently released its report on 2019’s Economic Impact of Immigration by State.

WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key metrics, ranging from median household income of foreign-born population to jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses as a share of total jobs.

The study found the following:

States Where Immigrants Have Biggest Economic Impact

  1. California
  2. New York
  3. New Jersey
  4. Massachusetts
  5. Maryland
  6. District of Columbia
  7. Delaware
  8. Illinois
  9. Florida
  10. Washington

States Where Immigrants Have Smallest Economic Impact

  1. Mississippi
  2. Wyoming
  3. South Dakota
  4. Montana
  5. Idaho
  6. Maine
  7. South Carolina
  8. Louisiana
  9. Arkansas
  10. Tennessee

The Peach State ranked 19th for the most impacted.

Source: WalletHub

Other findings from Wallethub:

*     California has the highest share of foreign-born residents, 26.98 percent, which is 16.8 times higher than in West Virginia, the lowest at 1.61 percent.

*     Maryland has the highest median household income for the foreign-born population, $76,119, which is 2.1 times higher than in New Mexico, the lowest at $35,626.

*     New Mexico has the highest homeownership rate for the foreign-born population, 63.20 percent, which is 2.1 times higher than in North Dakota, the lowest at 30.30 percent.

*     New Jersey has the highest share of foreign-born STEM workers, 43.80 percent, which is 54.8 times higher than in Wyoming, the lowest at 0.80 percent.

*     The District of Columbia has the highest share of direct and indirect jobs created by the economic contributions of international students, 1.57 percent, which is 52.3 times higher than in Alaska, the lowest at 0.03 percent.

You can read the full study here.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Jessica Szilagyi
Jessica Szilagyi is a Statewide Contributor for AllOnGeorgia.com. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta and has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers."


  1. This disgusts me and is sickening. This proves illegals, “refugees” and non-citizens are important to “Politicians” and The USA’s Citizens do not count! Politicians love AGENDA 21 and want to kill 90% of our citizen population – just as these Politicians are murdering America’s Babies! I have college degrees in several fields, worked 2 & 3 jobs for over 40 years and rarely broke over $35,000 per year. Yet, people who broke our laws, spit on our flag & country and are NOT citizens make over $76,000 per year – plus food stamps and free medical? Politicians are supposed to listen to our country’s citizens, yet, they just do whatever they want! I guess is why Kamala Harris is trying to have hangings outlawed. MAKE THE USA’S CITIZENS #1 !


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here