Georgia: Newcomers and Neighbors

Publication date: 
March 2020
A snapshot of the cover of GCIR's infographic, Georgia: Newcomers and Neighbors, which features statistics on the foreign-born population in the United States.


This two-page infographic looks at the foreign-born population in Georgia, including their legal status, regions of birth, geographic locations in the state, workforce and economic contributions, and other factors.

Legal Status of Georgia's Foreign-Born Population

  • Noncitizens: 601,574
  • Naturalized citizens: 464,394
  • Undocumented estimate: 351,000
  • DACA recipients: 21,110+ (as of June 2019)
  • Refugees resettled in Georgia (2002-2019): 38,299


  • Around 25% of immigrants in Georgia live in Gwinnett County in suburban metro Atlanta
  • Most immigrants in Georgia overall live in suburban metro Atlanta, one of the characteristics of twenty-first century immigrant gateway metro areas

Regions of Birth for Georgia's Foreign-Born Population

  • Latin America: 48.1% (includes South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Carribean)
  • Asia: 31%
  • Africa: 9.3%
  • Europe: 9.3%
  • Northern America: 1.7% (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon)
  • Oceania: 0.5%

Workforce and Economic Contributions

Fiscal and economic impacts of immigrant-led households in 2018:

  • $26.3 billion in annual power
  • $6.6 billion in federal taxes
  • $3.2 billion in state and local taxes
  • 13.8%: Immigrant share of the state's 2015 labor force
  • 90,458 immigrant business owners accounted for 18.3% of all self-employed Georgia residents in 2015 and generated $1.8 billion in business income
  • In 2015, immigrants accounted for 18.1% of business owners in the Atlanta metropolitan area

The largest shares of immigrant workers are in the following occupation groups:

  • Farming, Fishing, and Forestry: 38.5% 
  • Construction and Extraction: 24.9%
  • Computer and Mathematical Sciences: 24.5%
  • Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance: 23.1%
  • Production: 18.4%

For more information, review the full infographic.

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