Georgia Has a Sizeable Immigrant Community, Much of Which Hails from Mexico
Georgia’s diverse and thriving communities are making extensive contributions that benefit all.
One in ten Georgians was born in another country, while 1 in 13 residents is a native-born U.S. citizen with at least one immigrant parent. Here are some statistics of Immigrants in Georgia:
- In 2018, 1.1 million immigrants (foreign-born individuals) comprised 10 percent of the population.
- Georgia was home to 502,347 women, 493,737 men, and 67,989 children who were immigrants.
- The top countries of origin for immigrants were Mexico (22 percent of immigrants), India (9 percent), Jamaica (4 percent), Korea (4 percent), and Guatemala (4 percent).
- In 2018, 717,062 people in Georgia (7 percent of the state’s population) were native-born Americans who had at least one immigrant parent.
More than two in five immigrants in Georgia are naturalized U.S. citizens.
- 480,192 immigrants (45 percent) had naturalized as of 2018, and 182,406 immigrants were eligible to become naturalized U.S. citizens in 2017.
- More than three-fourths (78 percent) of immigrants reported speaking English “well” or “very well.”
Immigrants in Georgia are concentrated at either end of the educational spectrum.
More than a third (35 percent) of adult immigrants had a college degree or more education in 2018, while one-quarter (25 percent) had less than a high school diploma.
Also important to note that one in eight workers in Georgia is an immigrant, together making up a vital part of the state’s labor force in a range of industries. Immigrants are an integral part of the Georgia workforce in a range of occupations.
The largest shares of immigrant workers were in the following industries:
- Industry: Construction; Immigrant Share (%) (of all industry workers): 23
- Industry: Other Services (except Public Administration); Immigrant Share (%) (of all industry workers): 17
- Industry: Administrative & Support; Waste Management; and Remediation Services; Immigrant Share (%) (of all industry workers): 16
- Industry: Manufacturing; Immigrant Share (%) (of all industry workers): 16
- Industry: Information; Immigrant Share (%) (of all industry workers): 14