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Foreign Born Population
Origins, Citizenship & Year of Entry
Los Angeles County

Five Year Estimates (2012-2017) Ending in 2017

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About 35 percent of Los Angeles County residents are foreign-born, according to current U.S. Census estimates. Of these, about half are naturalized U.S. citizens and 72 percent entered the U.S. prior to the year 2000.



Foreign-Born in Los Angeles County: Citizen Status & Origin

Origin Total Naturalized U.S. citizen Not a U.S. citizen
Number Percent Number Percent
Total 3,478,879 1,767,074 50.79% 1,711,805 49.21%
Europe 170,318 108,018 3.10% 62,300 1.79%
Asia 1,227,447 826,359 23.75% 401,088 11.53%
Caribbean 31,468 22,939 0.66% 8,529 0.25%
Mexico 1,332,258 477,002 13.71% 855,256 24.58%
Central America 520,216 216,163 6.21% 304,053 8.74%
South America 97,256 58,394 1.68% 38,862 1.12%
Other Areas 99,916 58,199 1.67% 41,717 1.20%

Foreign-Born in Los Angeles County: Origin, Citizen Status & When Entered

For totals for place of origin, see table above.

Entered Total Europe Asia Caribbean Mexico Central America South America Other Areas
Years 2010 or later 327,868 26,446 180,374 1,908 48,527 41,378 9,902 19,333
Naturalized U.S. citizen 33,282 1,828 19,102 199 5,878 3,739 785 1,751
Not U.S. citizen 294,586 24,618 161,272 1,709 42,649 37,639 9,117 17,582
Entered Total Europe Asia Caribbean Mexico Central America South America Other areas
Years 2000 to 2009 757,098 28,819 280,862 3,564 271,564 127,657 21,790 22,842
Naturalized U.S. citizen 219,742 12,864 139,989 1,922 29,104 16,279 8,020 11,564
Not U.S. citizen 537,356 15,955 140,873 1,642 242,460 111,378 13,770 11,278
Entered Total Europe Asia Caribbean Mexico Central America South America Other areas
Years 1990 to 1999 811,875 38,409 258,809 3,873 355,517 116,723 20,337 18,207
Naturalized U.S. citizen 369,710 29,852 203,965 2,549 68,964 39,245 12,158 12,977
Not U.S. citizen 442,165 8,557 54,844 1,324 286,553 77,478 8,179 5,230
Entered Total Europe Asia Caribbean Mexico Central America South America Other areas
Years before 1990 1,582,038 76,644 507,402 22,123 656,650 234,458 45,227 39,534
Naturalized U.S. citizen 1,144,340 63,474 463,303 18,269 373,056 156,900 37,431 31,907
Not U.S. citizen 437,698 13,170 44,099 3,854 283,594 77,558 7,796 7,627

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey