mexican immigrants in georgia

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

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