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Which states see the biggest economic boost from immigration?

WalletHub analyzed which states benefit the most and the least from the foreign-born population.

Immigration has long been a contentious issue in the United States, but since President Donald Trump took office about a month ago, it’s been at the forefront.

Trump has wasted no time trying to make good on his campaign cornerstones, writing executive orders to move forward on the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and a controversial ban on refugees and immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries.

With protests, court orders and, of course, tweets over both issues showing no sign of stopping, WalletHub analyzed which states, including Washington, D.C., benefit most — and least — from immigrants.

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The personal finance website used four factors — immigrant workforce, socioeconomic contribution, brain gain and innovators, and international students — and 18 metrics such as total work visas per capita, median household income and number of international students per total students to make its determinations.

California, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia round out the overall top five. Bringing up the rearare Wyoming, Louisiana, South Dakota, Kentucky and Mississippi.

The states with the highest percentage of jobs created by immigrant-owned business out of total jobs are California, New Jersey, Hawaii, Florida and New York.

Oklahoma, Iowa, Mississippi, Arkansas and West Virginia have the lowest numbere.

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Maryland is the lead state with the highest median household income of the foreign-born population, while New Mexico has the lowest income in that category.

Not surprisinglyconsidering Silicon Valley, the state that is tops for the number of foreign-born STEM workers — science, technology, engineering and math — is California. New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts and New York round out the top five. The fewest number of immigrant STEM workers are found in North Dakota.

 

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