Best Cities for Immigrants

In the United States, there are roughly 330 million people, 14 million of which are permanent residents (or in other words, green card holders). These green card holders have similar experiences, yet very different ones as well, depending on where they are in the United States. In the naturalization process, some immigrants may face application wait times four times higher than other immigrants' wait times, depending fully on what city they reside in. Some cities also have denial rates twice as high as the national average.

When deciding on the best cities for migrants, there are many essential factors that need to be considered. For one, the relative friendliness towards migrants in a particular city is important for safety reasons, as well as helping the immigrant feel welcome. For example, while large urban cities in the American South have improved in reducing hate and race-related crimes, the rural south remains risky for immigrants to move to. The places with the highest number of immigrants are California, Texas, Florida, New York, and New Jersey, in that order. If you or someone you know is considering what city to immigrate to, these states are a good place to start, as they will ensure that there is already a large immigrant and immigrant-friendly population.

It may also be helpful to find the city where your nationalities' diaspora is the largest. For example, Iranians can find a bustling Iranian community in Southern-California, where one-third of Iranian-American immigrants reside (and one-tenth of the world's Iranian diaspora). Los Angeles and Orange County are full of immigrants of many nationalities, though Iranian immigrants can be sure that they would never be far from amazing Persian restaurants and stores that would remind them of home.

California has the largest number of green card recipients and the largest immigrant population in total, but if the community of immigrants is not important to you, you may want to consider the cities with the highest rate of approval for green cards. Cleveland, Ohio has the lowest median wait time for obtaining a green card, with a very high rate of backlog completion as well. Although Riverside, California is a less populated city far from the coast, it boasts a very low median wait time as well, in addition to their high rate of backlog completion as well. Other high-rating cities for their wait times and backlog completion include: Louisville, Kentucky; Providence,  Massachusetts; Buffalo, New York; and Kansas City, Kansas.

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