1 Minute Video Shows 200 Years of U.S. Immigration

This video shows the countries of origin of those who immigrated to the United States in the past 200 years. Amazing!

By using statistics from the Department of Homeland Security, Metrocosm was able to create this video showing what immigration to the United States looked like for the past 200 years.

A total of 79 million people immigrated to the U.S. between 1820-2013. When they use “immigrated” that means how many people were able to get lawful permanent resident status.

Each dot represents 10,000 people. The brightness of a country corresponds to its total migration to the U.S. at the given time.

According to Metrocosm’s website: Through most of the 1800’s, immigration came predominantly from Western Europe (Ireland, Germany, the U.K.). Toward the end of the century, countries further east in Europe (Italy, Russia, Hungary) took over as the largest source of migration. Beginning in the early 1900’s, most immigrants arrived from the Americas (Canada, Mexico). And the last few decades have seen a rise in migration from Asia. The same trends are clear looking at the history of New York City’s foreign born population.

To play around with the interactive map, please click here.

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