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Fact Sheet: New Americans in Denver

Denver immigration fact sheet

October 26, 2015

Immigrants are 12% of Denver's population, 14% of workforce, and 22% of "main st" business owners.
Did you know? Foreign-born households in Denver contribute over $673 million in taxes to state/local budgets.
In Denver, more than 1 in 4 professional, scientific, or tech service workers is foreign-born.

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.