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Mapping Immigration: Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs)

Legal permanent residents (LPRs) are foreign nationals who have been granted the right to reside permanently in the United States. LPRs are often referred to as simply "immigrants," but they are also known as "permanent resident aliens" and "green card holders."

Below are links to maps (in PDF format) showing LPR flow by state or metropolitan area of residence as a percent of the total LPR flow.

Historical Trends

Total LPR Flow

Total LPR Flow by State

2000 to 2003

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Total LPR Flow by CBSA

2000 to 2004

1990 to 1999

What are CBSAs? Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) are geographic areas defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. CBSAs are comprised of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas which are defined in terms of whole counties. Metropolitan Statistical Areas have at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more population and Micropolitan Statistical Areas have at least one urban cluster of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 population. Both Areas include adjacent territory that has a high degree of economic and social integration with the core as measured by commuting ties.

Class of Admission

Employment Preference

2000 to 2003

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Family Preference

2000 to 2003

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Refugee and Asylee

2000 to 2003

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Region and Country of Birth

The Office of Immigration Statistics categorizes countries into specific regional groups. See a list of countries included in each region.

Region of Birth

Africa

2000 to 2003

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Americas

2000 to 2003

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Asia and Oceania

2000 to 2003

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Europe

2000 to 2003

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Country of Birth

China

2000 to 2004

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Dominican Republic

2000 to 2004

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

El Salvador

2000 to 2004

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

India

2000 to 2004

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Mexico

2000 to 2004

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Philippines

2000 to 2004

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

Vietnam

2000 to 2004

1990 to 1999

1980 to 1989

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