In 2016, the 20 U.S. metro areas with the most unauthorized immigrants were home to 6.5 million of them, or 61% of the estimated total.
Explore estimates of unauthorized immigrant populations in 182 U.S. metropolitan areas.
Roughly 318,000 immigrants have this status after fleeing dangerous conditions in their countries. Learn more on the status for the largest origin groups now protected under TPS.
Unauthorized immigrants make up a quarter of all U.S. foreign-born residents. Our new interactive offers data on unauthorized immigrants by state.
Explore maps and tables showing detailed data on unauthorized immigrants by state.
As Trump and Democrats press their cases about ways to end the government shutdown, here’s a look at how Americans see illegal immigration.
Partisan divide on whether shutdown is ‘very serious’ problem
There were 12.0 million immigrants from Mexico living in the United States in 2016, and fewer than half of them were in the country illegally.
The number of unauthorized immigrants living in the United States was lower in 2016 than at any time since 2004.
There were 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. in 2016, down from 12.2 million in 2007. The total is the lowest since 2004 and is tied to a decline in the number of Mexican unauthorized immigrants.