The Last Word
by Carol Walsh, Editor-in-Chief
The term “foreign born” refers to anyone who is not a U.S. citizen at birth according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (immigrants), temporary migrants (like foreign students), humanitarian migrants (like refugees), and unauthorized migrants are included. The seven-county Metro Area had a total population of 2,978,822 people in 2016. Of this population 336,686 people (11.3 percent) self-reported as foreign born. Where the Metro Area makes up 54.7 percent of Minnesota’s total population, it makes up 78.9 percent of the state’s foreign born population. Read more about Foreign Born Trends in the Local Look – Metro Region.