Mapping Trends in Naturalizations: 1980 to 2003   [open pdf - 4MB]

"Every year hundreds of thousands of legal permanent residents (LPRs) become naturalized citizens. To obtain citizenship, LPRs must fulfill certain age, residence, and admissions requirements. Once naturalized, they have nearly all of the same privileges, rights, and responsibilities as native-born citizens. Where do the newly naturalized live in the United States? The geographic distribution of persons naturalizing is concentrated in just six states, including California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, and New Jersey. Since 1980, the proportion of the total newly naturalized living in these six states has increased. In general, the residency pattern of persons naturalizing mirrors that of new LPRs but lags in time due to the five year residency requirement for naturalization for most LPRs. Additionally, the residence of new LPRs and new citizens will differ to some degree because the propensity to naturalize and the geographic distribution of LPRs vary by country of origin. This Office of Immigration Statistics Working Paper presents a visual analysis of the state of residence of newly naturalized citizens for the period 1980 to 2003."

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