DHS Grants U.S. Citizenship to 779,929 in Year 2013

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently released its Annual Flow Report, announcing that 779,929 people were granted U.S. citizenship last year. The most common countries of origin for those who naturalized were Mexico (99,385), India (49,897), the Philippines (43,489), the Dominican Republic (39,590), and the People’s Republic of China (35,387). Popular destinations for new citizens were California (164,792), New York (107,330), and Florida (101,773).

The total number granted citizenship each year has increased from an average of less than 120,000 in the 1950s and 1960s, to more than 200,000 during the 1980s, to 500,000 in the 1990s, to over 700,000 in the 2000s and today. 

Prior to the 1970s, a majority of people who naturalized originally hailed from European countries. During that decade a shift occurred leading to Asia becoming the new leading region of origin for new U.S. citizens.That trend has continued to today.

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