Census Data Show Immigrants Moving to Suburbs

It used to be that immigrants flocked almost exclusively to large cities. No more. According to current census data, new arrivals are hitting suburbia and small towns in bigger numbers for the first time ever.

Why? In a word, jobs. Growth in the food and construction industries is happening not in already developed cities, but rather in places that are still expanding. That means that new-arrival numbers for places like Los Angeles, which has always been a huge magnet for Latino immigrants in particular, have been flat in the past decade, while the suburbs outside Atlanta and other cities have seen as much as 60 percent spike.

Of all the 13.3 million new suburbanites, Latinos account for more than a third, outpacing Blacks (2.5 million) and Asians (2 million).

The report also showed that the U.S. population is diversifying at a staggering rate. Almost 50 percent of babies born last year were members of minority groups, compared with just a fifth of Americans over the age of 65. While that is a positive for Latinos, it also brings up concerns over the cost of health care and the lag in education for our future.