Immigrant Rights

American Immigration Council: Immigrants in Florida

More than one in five Florida residents is an immigrant, while one in eight residents are native-born U.S. citizens with at least one immigrant parent.

The top countries of origin for immigrants were Cuba (23 percent of immigrants), Haiti (8 percent), Colombia (6 percent), Mexico (6 percent), and Jamaica (5 percent).

More than half of all immigrants in Florida are naturalized U.S. citizens.

Nearly three-quarters (74 percent) of immigrants reported speaking English “well” or “very well.”

Florida is home to more than 24,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

One in four workers in Florida is an immigrant, together making up a vital part of the state’s labor force in a range of industries.

Immigrants in Florida have contributed tens of billions of dollars in taxes.

As consumers, immigrants add nearly one-hundred billion dollars to Florida’s economy.

In the following Florida metropolitan areas in 2018, at least one in five business owners was an immigrant. Immigrants accounted for:

57 percent of business owners in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach metro area,

36 percent in Orlando,

29 percent in Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater,

20 percent in Jacksonville.