UVa. Researchers: 1 in 9 Virginians Born Outside U.S.

March 4, 2014

Researchers at the University of Virginia say the Commonwealth's foreign-born population is growing. Additionally, immigrants make up a significant portion of the population in the Charlottesville area.

The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service says about 11 percent of Virginians was born in other countries, compared to about one percent in 1970.

A Census Brief released Tuesday by the research group shows El Salvador is the top country of birth for immigrants to Virginia, followed by India, Mexico, the Philippines and South Korea

While only three percent of the total foreign born population lives in this area. Those people make up about nine percent of the local population.

"This is maybe driven by the large international student body, the faculty and the staff within the university, says Shonel Sen, a research and policy analyst at UVa. “So that again affects the distribution here.”

Researchers say about one-fifth percent of children under 18 who were born in Virginia have at least one foreign-born parent.

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