Denver immigration fact sheet


Fact Sheet: New Americans in Denver

Get numbers on the demographic and economic contributions of immigrants in the metropolitan area.

A new fact sheet, titled "New Americans in Denver: A Snapshot of the Demographic and Economic Contributions of Immigrants in the Metropolitan Area," from the Partnership for a New American Economy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce provides a demographic and economic snapshot of immigrants in Denver, Colorado. The fact sheet details the economic contributions foreign-born populations make, showing how immigrants are vital to Denver’s population growth, workforce development, and entrepreneurship. This fact sheet is released ahead of a public convening on Wednesday, October 28, which will feature speakers including Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Western Union President and CEO Hikmet Ersek, and the Denver Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs Director Jamie Torres. The event will speak to how immigrants contribute to the growth of the Denver economy.


The fact sheet finds:

  • Foreign-born households account for more than $6.9 billion in spending power and contribute more than $673 million in taxes to state and local budgets.
  • In 2013, immigrants in the Denver metro area contributed more than $1 billion to Social Security and more than $256 million to Medicare.
  • Between 2010 and 2013, the foreign-born population of Denver’s metropolitan area accounted for 17.5 percent of total population growth.
  • More than one in four professional, scientific, or technical service workers in Denver is foreign-born.
  • Foreign-born workers make up large shares of the workforce in Denver’s construction (28.6 percent), automotive (22.5 percent), and accommodation and food service (19.8 percent) industries.
  • Immigrants are active in providing healthcare services to the region, making up 12 percent of industry workers.
  • In 2010, 4,427 manufacturing jobs were preserved or created in Denver county due to the influx of immigrants.