Foreign born community and the economy

Louisville is one of twelve communities that received NAE research to inform culturally sensitive emergency response measures that ensure all residents are included, regardless of immigration status. Louisville’s customized research report highlights the demographic nuances of the metro area’s immigrant population and will inform the advocacy, development, and implementation of inclusive local emergency responses. (July 9, 2020) Read More.
 

LOUISVILLE JEFFERSON COUNTY FOREIGN BORN COMMUNITY SNAPSHOT:

  • 53,120 foreign born residents
  • 7.2% share of total population
  • $497.9M foreign born taxes paid
  • $1.4B foreign born spending power
  • 1,710 foreign born entrepreneurs

KEY POINTS:

  • Between 2017-2018, Louisville/Jefferson County would have lost around 2,026 people if it weren't for the international migration that settles in the city every year.
  • Without the international migration, Jefferson County would have lost 35.5% of its population from 2010-2018.
  • The average age for the foreign born community is 37 years old. Louisville's foreign born community is more likely to be of working age - defined as being between the ages of 25 and 64 - and making up 68.8% of the population. Also, thanks to their migration to Louisville, the population from ages 0-24 have also been growing over the last several years.
  • Louisville’s foreign-born population is highly educated: 40% hold a college or graduate degree.
  • The national rate that foreign born residents open businesses is more than 2 times compared to native born residents. 

TOP 5 INDUSTRIES THE FOREIGN BORN COMMUNITY HELPS SUPPORT:

  • Construction: 7.6% foreign born vs 4.5% native born
  • Manufacturing: 17.1% foreign born vs 11.1% native born
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodations and food services: 11.4% foreign born vs 10.1% native born
  • Retail trade: 11.2% foreign born vs 11% native born 
  • Educational services, and health care and social assistance: 19.2% foreign born vs 24% native born

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