November 9, 2016
By NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
Albany, NY – This past week, I released a report, “A Portrait of Immigrants in New York,” providing key data on the 4.4 million individuals who have come from other nations to make New York State their home.
New York is second only to California in the number of immigrants, who are now 22 percent of our population. While the majority live in New York City, others are reshaping our suburban and upstate communities. On Long Island, in the Hudson Valley, and in upstate cities including Utica, Buffalo and Syracuse, individuals from other countries represent important parts of local populations.
The rich diversity of cultures and experiences of our immigrants has been a source of strength for our state and the nation. I believe the continuing inflow of immigrants from around the globe should be a lasting source of pride for all New Yorkers.