More than one in four California residents was born in another country, a ratio that continues to grow, the latest census figures show.
Foreign-born residents are an integral part of the state. About half are naturalized U.S. citizens. The vast majority of them work; the unemployment rate among California's foreign born in the labor force was roughly 7 percent last year, similar to the rate for native-born Californians.
Lately, China has overtaken Mexico as the country sending the most migrants to California each year. But following decades of ample Mexican immigration, those born in Mexico still far outnumber the foreign born from every other country.
Last year, about 145,000 more immigrants came to California from abroad than left for other countries, state figures show.
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This map shows the distribution of foreign-born residents in California, broken down by the countries that have sent the most migrants here, according to census figures released earlier this month.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau. | Notes: Census figures include both those here legally and illegally. This is a map showing nativity, not ancestry. It shows where there are a large number of residents born in a particular country but does not show their children or grandchildren.