U.S. Census Bureau
Table 2. Region of Birth of the Foreign-Born Population: 1850 to 1930 and 1960 to 1990
  Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census
Internet Release date: March 9, 1999

(See text for sources, definitions, and explanations)

Year Total Region of birth reported Region of
birth not
reported
Total Europe Asia Africa Oceania Latin
America
Northern
America
NUMBER                  
     1990* 19,767,316 18,959,158 4,350,403 4,979,037 363,819 104,145 8,407,837 753,917 808,158
     1980* 14,079,906 13,192,563 5,149,572 2,539,777 199,723 77,577 4,372,487 853,427 887,343
     1970* 9,619,302 9,303,570 5,740,891 824,887 80,143 41,258 1,803,970 812,421 315,732
     1960* 9,738,091 9,678,201 7,256,311 490,996 35,355 34,730 908,309 952,500 59,890
     1930 14,204,149 14,197,553 11,784,010 275,665 18,326 17,343 791,840 1,310,369 6,596
     1920 13,920,692 13,911,767 11,916,048 237,950 16,126 14,626 588,843 1,138,174 8,925
     1910 13,515,886 13,506,272 11,810,115 191,484 3,992 11,450 279,514 1,209,717 9,614
     1900 10,341,276 10,330,534 8,881,548 120,248 2,538 8,820 137,458 1,179,922 10,742
     1890 9,249,547 9,243,535 8,030,347 113,383 2,207 9,353 107,307 980,938 6,012
     1880 6,679,943 6,675,875 5,751,823 107,630 2,204 6,859 90,073 717,286 4,068
     1870 5,567,229 5,563,637 4,941,049 64,565 2,657 4,028 57,871 493,467 3,592
     1860 4,138,697 4,134,809 3,807,062 36,796 526 2,140 38,315 249,970 3,888
     1850 2,244,602 2,202,625 2,031,867 1,135 551 588 20,773 147,711 41,977
PERCENT
  DISTRIBUTION FOR
  REGION OF BIRTH
  REPORTED
                 
     1990* (X) 100.0 22.9 26.3 1.9 0.5 44.3 4.0 (X)
     1980* (X) 100.0 39.0 19.3 1.5 0.6 33.1 6.5 (X)
     1970* (X) 100.0 61.7 8.9 0.9 0.4 19.4 8.7 (X)
     1960* (X) 100.0 75.0 5.1 0.4 0.4 9.4 9.8 (X)
     1930 (X) 100.0 83.0 1.9 0.1 0.1 5.6 9.2 (X)
     1920 (X) 100.0 85.7 1.7 0.1 0.1 4.2 8.2 (X)
     1910 (X) 100.0 87.4 1.4 - 0.1 2.1 9.0 (X)
     1900 (X) 100.0 86.0 1.2 - 0.1 1.3 11.4 (X)
     1890 (X) 100.0 86.9 1.2 - 0.1 1.2 10.6 (X)
     1880 (X) 100.0 86.2 1.6 - 0.1 1.3 10.7 (X)
     1870 (X) 100.0 88.8 1.2 - 0.1 1.0 8.9 (X)
     1860 (X) 100.0 92.1 0.9 - 0.1 0.9 6.0 (X)
     1850 (X) 100.0 92.2 0.1 - - 0.9 6.7 (X)

* Indicates sample data.
(X) Not applicable.
- Rounds to zero.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Authors: Campbell Gibson and Emily Lennon
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