This we know: most immigrants in the United States come from Mexico.
The largest immigrant population in 33 of the 50 states is from Mexico, according to the Pew Research Center. Pew put together a map of where each state’s largest immigrant population was born, and as of 2010, the answer for most states was our neighbor down south.
But not so for Massachusetts.
The Commonwealth is the only state in the Union where most immigrants hail from China. While there are five times as many immigrants from Mexico than from China in the US, China does boast the second-highest number of immigrants to the States.
Five border states see a majority of their immigrants coming down from Canada: Montana, North Dakota, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. And both Alaska and Hawaii get most of their newcomers from the Philippines.
Another map in Pew’s study reminds us that 100 years ago, immigration to the US looked very different.
In 1910, most immigrants hailed from Europe, part of a massive wave of migrants arriving between 1890 and 1919. Germany sent the most immigrants to America, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy.
In 1910, most immigrants to Massachusetts arrived from Canada. No wonder “Maple” is the most common street name in the state.