Immigrants and the economy in:

Dallas-Fort Worth Metro Area

  • Immigrant Residents

    1,312,306
  • Immigrant Share of Population

    18.2%
  • Immigrant Taxes Paid (2016)

    $9.6B
  • Immigrant Spending Power (2016)

    $30.4B
  • Immigrant Entrepreneurs

    92,300

Demographics

Similar to the United States as a whole, immigrants in most cities are more likely to be of working age—defined as being between the ages of 25 and 64—than the native-born population. This allows them to contribute to U.S. entitlement programs and also assume roles helping seniors as they age.

Age Group Foreign-Born Population Share Native-Born Population Share
0-15 5.2% 27.5%
16-64 87.0% 61.0%
65+ 7.9% 11.4%

Workforce

Nationally, immigrants are 17.2 percent more likely to hold a graduate degree than natives. They are also more likely to have less than a bachelor’s degree. This lets them assume positions at the high and low ends of the workforce that might otherwise remain unfilled, hurting local businesses or leading employers to relocate elsewhere. Here, we show the educational attainment of immigrants in this metro area and the five industries where they make up the largest share of workers.

Workforce Education Foreign-Born Population Native-Born Population
Less Than High School 37.0% 8.0%
High School & Some College 35.3% 56.1%
Bachelor's Degree 16.0% 24.4%
Graduate Degree 11.7% 11.5%
Top Five Industries by Share of Immigrant Workers
49.6% Construction
33.5% Administrative Support
32.8% General Services
32.4% Administrative Support
31.6% Manufacturing

Voting Power

Nationally, there are more than 20 million immigrants that are eligible to vote—a group that could have a particularly important role in coming election cycles, given the narrow margins of victory that have decided presidential elections in recent years.

Eligible Immigrant Voters, 2016 462,457

Home Ownership

Immigrant families have long played an important role helping to build housing wealth in the United States. In recent decades, the more than 40 million immigrants collectively in the country increased U.S. housing wealth by $3.7 trillion. Much of this was possible because immigrants moved into neighborhoods once in decline, helping to revitalize local communities and make them more attractive to U.S.-born residents.

Number of Homes Owned by Immigrants, 2016 293,317

Taxes & Spending Power

Nationally, immigrants contribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal income taxes as well as state and local taxes. After paying taxes, immigrants still have significant economic clout, to the sum of nearly $1 trillion in spending power. Immigrants play an important role contributing to local economies both as consumers and taxpayers.

Immigrant Household Income $40.0B
Taxes Paid $9.6B
State & Local Taxes $2.9B
Federal Taxes $6.8B
Total Spending Power $30.4B

Entrepreneurship

Immigrants nationally are 28 percent more likely to be entrepreneurs than natives. In 2010, roughly one in 10 American workers with jobs at private firms were employed at immigrant-founded companies. Immigrants similarly play an important role as entrepreneurs in this metro area.

How many immigrant entrepreneurs reside in this metro area? 92,300
How much more likely are immigrant residents to be entrepreneurs than native-born residents? 20.1%

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