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Immigration in Tampa Bay by the Numbers

Apr 12, 2013

University of South Florida student Jose Lopez, 19, holds up his certificate of citizenship after a naturalization ceremony in February. Lopez was born in Mexico City.
Credit Dalia Colón / WUSF Public Media

Any day now, the bipartisan group of Senators known as the Gang of Eight are set to release their plan for immigration reform. As the estimated 11 million immigrants living in this country illegally wait to learn their fate, opinions are swirling. So we figured it was time for some, you know, facts.

Here are some stats on the 7,502 citizens naturalized in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area in 2011, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Gender:

  • Male: 3,243
  • Female: 4,259

Age:

  • Under 18: N/A
  • 18 to 24: 718
  • 25 to 34: 1,883
  • 35 to 44: 2,095
  • 45 to 54:  1,408
  • 55 to 64: 790
  • 65 and older: 608

Marital status:

  • Single: 1,566
  • Married: 4,713
  • Other: 1,223

Leading countries of origin: 

  • Cuba: 961
  • Colombia: 803
  • India: 374
  • Philippines: 308
  • Mexico: 287

Leading occupations:

  • Management, professional, and related occupations: 1,126
  • No occupation/not working outside home: 1,136
  • Service occupations: 655
  • Production, transportation, and material moving occupations: 605
  • Sales and office occupations: Sales and office occupations

To see the nitty-gritty of the data, click here. For more on how immigration reform might affect Floridians, listen to Florida Matters this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on anytime online.