There are 1.8 million people living in New Jersey who were born outside the United States. That’s almost 21 percent of the population. Even more striking is that 32 percent of them -- or 579,513 people -- arrived in the country in this century.
The bulk of New Jersey’s foreign-born population (45.3 percent) is from Latin America. The next largest segment is from Asia, 31.4 percent. Foreign-born Europeans make up 18 percent of the population and Africans are 4.5 percent of the state’s residents.