New Jersey Is 2020’s State Where Immigrants Have the 3rd Biggest Economic Impact

With immigration reform remaining one of the biggest policy issues in 2020 and $7.2 billion in Pentagon funds potentially going toward border wall funding, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Economic Impact of Immigration by State as well as accompanying videos.
In order to determine which states benefit most from immigration, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 23 key metrics, ranging from a median household income of foreign-born population to jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses as a share of total jobs.

Immigrants’ Economic Impact on New Jersey (1=Biggest Impact; 25=Avg.):

  • 1st – % of Jobs Generated by Immigrant-Owned Businesses Out of Total Jobs
  • 4th – Median Household Income of Foreign-Born Population
  • 1st – % of Foreign-Born STEM Workers Out of Total STEM Workers
  • 11th – % of Foreign-Born Population Aged 25 & Older with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher
  • 19th – % of Fortune 500 Companies Founded by Immigrants or Their Children
  • 19th – % of Jobs Created by Presence of International Students Out of Total Jobs
  • 24th – Economic Contribution of International Students per Capita

Immigrant businesses revive neighborhoods and spur economic development

A report, which closely examined the types of businesses immigrants tended to own by using data from 2013, found that 28 percent of “Main Street” business owners were immigrant entrepreneurs.

“Main Street” businesses can be broken into three categories: Retail (such as florists, grocery stores), Accommodation and Food Services (restaurants, hotels) and Neighborhood Services (barbers, dry cleaners). These “Main Street” businesses are often the seed of economic development in an area that has been neglected.

They can transform a neighborhood into a more attractive area, where people can live and work, thus sparking greater economic activity. Immigrant entrepreneurs make up more than 50 percent of business owners in some of these “Main Street” subcategories; they are 61 percent of gas station owners, 58 percent of dry cleaning owners, and 53 percent of the owners of privately held grocery stores. These small and medium-sized immigrant businesses are often undervalued when local governments are considering the best ways to revitalize their localities.

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