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U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents 2018 : in which states new LPRs made their home ?

In 2018, 1.1 million persons obtained lawful permanent resident status in the United States. This series of maps and visualizations brings out the states where these people who received a green card have chosen to make their home.

Morgane Bougouin
Morgane Bougouin

Aug 26, 2020 - 2 minutes read

Lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are non-citizens who are lawfully authorized to live permanently within the United States, also known as green card recipients.

Nearly 1.1 million persons have been granted Lawful Permanent Resident (LPRs) status in the United States in 2018. Half of these new LPRs were already present on the U.S. territory when they obtained their status. Nearly two-thirds were immediate relatives of U.S. citizens or current LPR.

New U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents by State of Residence in 2018

U.S. New Lawful Permanent Residents by State of Residence in 2018 - Map
U.S. New Lawful Permanent Residents by State of Residence in 2018 - Map

In 2018, 1.1 million persons were granted refugee Lawful Permanent Resident status in the United States. Very attractive, California was the state of residence of more than 200,000 (18.4 %) persons granted LPR status in 2018. The next leading states of residence for new LPRs in 2018 were New York (12.3 %), Florida (11.9 %), Texas (9.5 %), and New Jersey (5.0 %), each having between 50,000 and 140,000 new LPRs. West Virginia (0.06 %), Montana (0.05 %) and Wyoming (0.04 %) brought up the rear, each with fewer than 700 new LPRs.

U.S. New Lawful Permanent Residents by State of residence in 2018 - Graph
U.S. New Lawful Permanent Residents by State of residence in 2018 - Graph

Now let’s see what these figures represent compared to the number of new LPRs per 1,000 inhabitants in each state.

New U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents by State of Residence per capita in 2018

U.S. New Lawful Permanent Residents by State of Residence per 1,000 inhabitants in 2018 - Map
U.S. New Lawful Permanent Residents by State of Residence per 1,000 inhabitants in 2018 - Map

Four of the five first states of residence of new LPRs were also the four leading states for new LPRs per capita in 2018, each having between 5 and 7 new LPRs per 1,000 population : New York (6.9), Florida (6.1), New Jersey (6.1), and California (5.1). Mississippi (0.6), Montana (0.5), and West Virginia (0.4) had the fewest new LPRs per capita, each with fewer than 0.6 new LPRs per 1,000 population.

U.S. New Lawful Permanent Residents by State of Residence per 1,000 inhabitants in 2018 - Graph
U.S. New Lawful Permanent Residents by State of Residence per 1,000 inhabitants in 2018 - Graph

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