The largest group of immigrants entering California originates from Asia (43 percent), while the second largest group is from other countries in North America (31 percent). By country, Mexico is the popular country of origin contributing 13.5 percent of the total immigrant group simply due to close proximity to the state, and eight percent from China. Notably, four out of the top ten sending countries are Asian countries located along the Pacific Rim.
The homeownership rate of immigrants also varies across regions of origins. Those arriving from other countries within North America have the highest homeownership rate out of any other region (64 percent). Right behind are those from Europe (60 percent) and Asia (55 percent). Immigrants from Latin America have the lowest homeownership rate of 40 percent. This is consistent with the data that reveals North American countries of Canada and Mexico as the most popular country of origin for international clients and immigrants. Close country proximity for easy travel to the U.S helps quicken the assimilation process, and moving between countries in the same continent is relatively less burdensome in terms of moving than someone migrating across oceans. (see Exhibit 3)
Top Countries of Origin
People's Republic of China
Source: Yearbook of Immigration Statistics, 2011, DHS.
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