Below are the metropolitan regions with the most naturalized citizens in 2011. New York tops the list, followed by Los Angeles and Miami.

  1. New York City – 99,153 (14.3 percent of total)
  2. Los Angeles – 62,373 (9 percent)
  3. Miami – 55,560 (8 percent)
  4. Chicago – 27,670 (4 percent)
  5. San Francisco – 22,046 (3.2 percent)
  6. Washington, D.C. – 20,591 (3 percent)
  7. Boston – 18,834 (2.7 percent)
  8. Houston – 18,467 (2.7 percent)
  9. Dallas – 16,048 (2.3 percent)
  10. Atlanta – 14,335 (2.1 percent)

Shift the data to per capita, and Miami tops the list, with San Jose second. Greater New York drops to fourth, San Francisco is fifth and L.A. seventh. Here’s the top ten based on newly naturalized citizens per 100,000 people.

  1. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL – 998
  2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA – 615
  3. El Centro, CA – 584
  4. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA – 525
  5. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA – 509
  6. Naples-Marco Island, FL – 495
  7. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA – 486
  8. Stockton, CA – 444
  9. Trenton-Ewing, NJ – 426
  10. Merced, CA – 425


Source: Atlantic Cities

Category: Data Analysis

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7 Responses to “America’s Melting-Pot Cities”

  1. chartist says:

    Barry,
    Do a little homework on Johnstown, Pennsylvania….Now that was a melting pot. And it was probably the manufacturing center of the world at one point.

  2. Plissken says:

    Miami is so high in this list, because Cubans still get a blank check from US Government (in my humble opinion, ridiculous in 21st Century). I’ve been in this country for 10 years, got my doctorate degree, paid lots of taxes and I still work my butt off to get a Green Card, but a Cuban who can’t speak English can be naturalized in a few years.

  3. LiberTea says:

    And if illegal aliens and folks not yet naturalized are counted………

  4. boogabooga1114 says:

    A surprisingly low number, really. Given the number of immigrants in Miami or the San Francisco Bay area, I’d not have been surprised to see that as many as — oh — 5 percent of the population were foreign-born citizens.

  5. RW says:

    One of the things I missed after leaving Los Angeles was the polyglot, the number of accents you could hear on the street corner near where I lived; it was a marvelous human cacophony in a city where many other forms of cacophony, from clothing styles to traffic jams, had begun to wear thin.

  6. stonedwino says:

    This re-enforces why a polyglot like me, who grew up on 3 continents feels right at home in the Metro NY area. The diversity is amazing and truly welcomed. NY is,was and will always be the Capital of the World, as it accepts one and all with open arms, no matter where you came from, what language you speak, what color or religion you are….welcome.

  7. rhrwc says:

    Splitting San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara from SF/Oakland/Fremont is odd. Fremont is maybe a 16 minute drive from Sunnyvale or Santa Clara. Even the longest distance, San Fran to San Jose, is less than an hour’s drive outside of rush hour. Seems to me another way to put this is that the SF Bay Area tops any other part of the country by a good margin for naturalized citizens, which is not surprising at all. It’s more than double the % for NY/NJ.