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WHAT SETS LANCASTER APART ...

While communities across the country are discovering the contributions of New Americans as a whole, each community has
some unique aspects of their immigrant population.
Kate Brick, Director of State and Local Initiatives at New American Economy, worked on Lancaster County's report and
recently came to Lancaster to provide a deeper analysis of the report by comparing our local results to other areas
throughout the country. She had several observations about how the immigrant population differed in Lancaster from
other areas that engaged in similar data collection and reports.

2. The second observation was

1. The first observation revealed that Lancaster County has a higher rate
of citizenship among the immigrant population than Pennsylvania and
the nation. Among Lancaster County immigrants, 58% became U.S. citizens,
compared to Pennsylvania at 48% and nationwide at 47%.

that the New American population
is more diverse in Lancaster County
than in other areas throughout the
country. "Most communities have a
higher concentration of one country
of origin," said Brick. In Lancaster, the
highest percent of immigrants from
any one country is slightly less than
10 percent.

Without knowing exactly why, Brick offered that perhaps it's because Lancaster
County resettles more refugees here than in other areas. New American
Economy's conservative estimate is that refugees make up 16.5% of the total
immigrant population in Lancaster County, and they come with a pathway to
citizenship. "They come here legally, with the appropriate documentation and do
not face the same barriers to citizenship that some immigrants face depending on
how they enter the country and for those entering on various types of visas,"
said Brick.

3. The third observation that Brick shared about how Lancaster data is
different than in most areas is in the share of entrepreneurs. In Lancaster
County, immigrants make up 4.4% of the population, and 4.6% of self-employed
entrepreneurs. In many other communities, the share of entrepreneurs is typically
a bigger percent of the population. For instance, in Pennsylvania immigrants are
6.4% of the population and represent 10.4% of entrepreneurs; while nationwide
immigrants make up 13.2% of the population and 20.6% of entrepreneurs.

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