AT A GLANCE

  • According to estimates in a new study by the Pew Research Center, Asians will surpass Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants in the United States by 2065
  • Currently, 47% of immigrants in the United States are Hispanic, but by 2065 that number is expected to drop to 31%
  • Asians currently make up 26 percent of the immigrant population, but that is expected to increase to 38% by 2065

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Nov 01, 2015

Asians to Surpass Hispanics as Largest Immigrant Group in U.S. in 50 Years

According to estimates in a new study by the Pew Research Center, Asians will surpass Hispanics to become the largest group of immigrants in the United States by 2065. The increase in Asian and Hispanic immigration will also lead to U.S. population growth, with foreign-born residents and their children making up 88 percent of the country’s population growth over the next 50 years. The projected population of the United States is expected to be 441 million people in 2065. Today, immigrants make up 14 percent of the population, an increase from 5 percent in 1965.

Projected Immigrant Population Demographics

Projected Immigrant Population Demographics

Source: Pew Research Center

Currently, 47 percent of immigrants in the United States are Hispanic, but by 2065 that number is expected to drop to 31 percent. Asians currently make up 26 percent of the immigrant population, but that is expected to increase to 38 percent by 2065. 

Despite the increase in Asian immigrants, there will still be more Hispanics in the United States. Hispanic population growth is coming from people born within the U.S., so it is really U.S. births that are driving the Hispanic population growth, which is a change from the past two decades.

Racial or Ethnic Group Share of U.S. Population, Projected

Racial or Ethnic Group Share of U.S. Population, Projected

Source: Pew Research Center


“We’ve seen a growing number of immigrants, particularly from China or India, who are coming for reasons such as pursuing a college degree or coming here to work temporarily in the high-tech sector.” ~Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research at Pew Research Center

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