Arizona's Share of Immigrant Population 11th-Highest

Back in 1990, Arizona had the 12th-largest share of immigrants in its population.

More than two decades later, Arizona now has the 11th-largest share of immigrants among the 50 states, according to the Pew Research Center.

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The comparison shows there's been no particular boom in Arizona's foreign-born population over the past decade, at least not any more so than other states with higher levels of immigrant residents.

"The number of immigrants have risen so quickly in some parts of the country that states typically thought of as hubs of immigration, such as Arizona, have slipped behind other states by some measures," Pew's report says. "In 2000, immigrants made up 12.9% of Arizona's population, ninth-highest in the nation that year. By 2012, Arizona had dropped to 12th-highest, even though immigrants made up a higher share--13.6%--of the state's population."

Although Arizona only moved up one spot in this ranking over more than two decades, its share of foreign-born population nearly doubled. It was 7.6 percent in 1990, and estimated at 13.6 percent in 2012.

Arizona was also estimated to have the eighth-highest share of foreign-born population in 2000, but has since been passed by Massachusetts, Maryland, and Illinois.

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