Which states benefit most in economic terms from immigration and which benefit least? The personal-finance website WalletHub analyzed that aspect of the currently hot-button political issue and releasedthis week. Among its findings — New Jersey rates third overall among the states that benefit most from its immigrant population. The others in the top five are New York (1st), California (2nd), Massachusetts (4th), and Delaware (5th). At the other end of the scale are Idaho, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and, last of all, Mississippi.
Other key findings related to the Garden State: New Jersey ranks first among the states for the percentage of foreign-born STEM workers out of its total STEM labor force; second for the percentage of jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses; third for the median household income of its foreign-born population; and eleventh for the percentage of its foreign-born population aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher.