The Facts on Virginia’s Immigrant Communities

April 25, 2013

New Maps Show Key Facts by Congressional District

CD7ProfileImmigrants make up a growing segment of Virginia’s population. With comprehensive immigration reform now working its way through Congress, we analyzed demographic and economic information about foreign-born communities in Virginia’s 11 congressional districts and created profiles presenting our key findings for each district.

In our analysis, “foreign-born” refers to legal permanent residents, temporary migrants, refugees, and unauthorized immigrants. Looking across these profiles, here’s what we found:

  • Virginia is home to a substantial and expanding immigrant population. The state has the ninth-largest immigrant population in the U.S., with 11 percent of the state’s population being foreign-born. Immigrants comprise from 2.4 percent of the population in southwest Virginia’s 11th Congressional District to over 20 percent in northern Virginia’s 8th, 10th, and 11th Districts.
  • At the same time that the overall foreign-born population increased in Virginia, the population of unauthorized immigrants has declined significantly, to 210,000 in 2010 from 325,000 in 2007, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
  • A major share of the state’s workforce is foreign-born. Generally, the share of adults working or looking for work is higher among the foreign-born than among all adults. This is due in part to the foreign-born population tending to have a much higher share of people between the prime working ages of 25 and 64. Non-citizens (a subgroup of the foreign-born that excludes naturalized citizens) are more likely to be in low-wage service and construction occupations, compared to U.S.-born citizens.
  • Business ownership is widespread. In many districts, the share of foreign-born residents who are self-employed in unincorporated businesses (such as sole proprietorships) is higher than among U.S.-born citizens.

Each district map is available either as a pdf (best for printing) or a jpg (best for on-screen viewing). Click on the appropriate link to get the map for that district.

1st — Rep. Robert Wittman [R] (pdf) (jpg)

2nd — Rep. Scott Rigell [R] (pdf) (jpg)

3rd — Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D] (pdf) (jpg)

4th — Rep. Randy Forbes [R] (pdf) (jpg)

5th — Rep. Robert Hurt [R] (pdf) (jpg)

6th — Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R] (pdf) (jpg)

7th — Rep. Eric Cantor [R] (pdf) (jpg)

8th — Rep. James “Jim” Moran Jr. [D] (pdf) (jpg)

9th — Rep. Morgan Griffith [R] (pdf) (jpg)

10th — Rep. Frank Wolf [R] (pdf) (jpg)

11th — Rep. Gerald Connolly [D] (pdf) (jpg)

Related analysis:
For a broader, statewide perspective on the role of immigrants in Virginia’s economy, see our report, Critical Assets: The State of Immigrants in Virginia’s Economy.