U.S. Immigration over the years

Here’s a cool video showing the patterns of immigration to the US on vimeo:

Immigration to the US, 1820-2007 v2 by Ian Stevenson

One cannot understand the United States without understanding that we are a nation of immigrants. There are a few indigenous people remaining, but much of their society has been destroyed by methods that we now consider morally appalling (I am hoping that with our incoming President as an honorary member of the Crow Nation, we will begin to see some official recognition of those crimes of the past).

An especially interesting note is how the trickle from places excluding Europe and the near abroad (North American and Caribbean countries) becomes a flood between 1920 and 1930 and reflect on the prospect of our country becoming minority-majority probably within this century.

If there’s one criticism of this work, it’s that the layout of the map obscures much of the immigration from the further corners of the map and makes it hard to discern immigrations sources from one another. The coloration in this second version helps, but if he used the Pierce Quincuncial projection, I suspect that the sources and their proportions would be made even clearer, especially with regard to the countries with high numbered eastern longitudes like China and Australia.

Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan.


About Meng Bomin

Real name Benjamin Main, I am a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Biological Chemistry.
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One Response to U.S. Immigration over the years

  1. Common Sense says:

    That is really cool! Immigration from South America really goes unnoticed since we tend to think of Hispanics being primarily from Mexico. Thanks for posting this, Ben. Have a great Holiday!

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