Frequently Asked Questions

Some frequently asked questions about the Foreign-Born Population:

Who are considered foreign born?

The U.S. Census Bureau uses the term foreign born to refer to anyone who is not a U.S. citizen at birth. This includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (immigrants), temporary migrants (such as foreign students), humanitarian migrants (such as refugees), and persons illegally present in the United States.

Who are natives?

The U.S. Census Bureau uses the term native to refer to anyone born in the United States, Puerto Rico, or a U.S. Island Area, or born abroad of a U.S. citizen parent.

Answers from the Census Bureau's Question and Answer Center