Percent Native and Foreign Born
County Comparisons Percent Native and Foreign Born
by Joe Swyers 10/12/03
The percent native may be a factor to acceptance of outsiders. This was discussed on the "Which State" forums. It was thought that high percentages are good because the natives don't feel as threatened. Low percentages may indicate more likelihood of acceptance. The middle percentages may be the most stressful for both natives and newcomers.
The following table has percent native born, number born in each major section of the US and Americans born outside the US, and those who were foreigners. The last column is percent who are not yet naturalized citizens. Note: the "Northeast" is the greatest source of "non-natives". Massachusetts and New York may be the largest sources.
Percent native born - lower number is better for newcomers
Being under 45% is very important. Coloradans (and others) made a transition at that point. Newcomers were not welcome in local politics when the percentage of natives was over 50%.
Jason noted: "states that are mostly native may be most friendly to outsiders because they don't feel threatened, while states that are about half and half will have the most tension. States that are mostly non-native will again be friendly to outsiders."
Source of above data: www.state.nh.us/osp/sdc/sdcSF3.html