With President Donald Trump’s immigration-policy reform actions likely to affect state economies, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Economic Impact of Immigration by State.
In order to determine which states benefit most — and least — from immigration, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key metrics, ranging from “median household income of foreign-born population” to “jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses as a share of total jobs.”
Coming in behind neighboring states like Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee, Alabama ranked 9th on the list of state in regards to where immigrants make the smallest economic impact.
Immigrants’ economic impact on Alabama (1= biggest impact; 25= average.):
- 44th: % of jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses out of total jobs
- 37th: Net difference between state and local revenues and expenditures per individual immigrant
- 42nd: Median household income of foreign-born population
- 41st: % of Foreign-born STEM workers out of total STEM workers
- 29th: % of Foreign-born population aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher
- 40th: % of Jobs created by presence of international students out of total jobs
- 42nd: Economic contribution of international students per capita
Here’s how Alabama compares to the rest of the country: