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Chinese in America: Green Cards

Below is a table showing persons from China obtaining legal permanent resident status (green card) in the United States:

  FY 2008 FY 2007 FY 2006
Total 80,271 76,655 87,345
       
New arrivals 32,151 33,295 37,359
Adjustments of status 48,120 43,360 49,986
       
Age      
Under 18 years 12,593 14,389 17,542
18 to 24 years 8,024 8,181 9,686
25 to 34 years 14,213 12,608 13,082
35 to 44 years 21,363 19,275 20,349
45 to 54 years 11,731 11,006 13,521
55 to 64 years 6,079 5,631 6,374
65 years and over 6,268 5,565 6,789
Unknown - - 2
       
Marital status      
Single 22,597 23,981 28,498
Married 54,052 49,366 54,906
Other 3,462 3,122 3,673
Unknown 160 186 268
       
Occupation      
Management, professional, and related occupations 10,094 8,324 7,429
Service occupations 8,270 6,394 7,827
Sales and office occupations 3,767 3,878 4,567
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations 2,433 2,351 2,595
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair occupations D 171 218
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations 3,525 3,896 4,484
Military D 4 4
No occupation/not working outside home 34,759 35,447 42,203
Homemakers 6,380 5,703 6,705
Students or children 18,012 19,964 24,031
Retirees 2,311 2,158 1,777
Unemployed 8,056 7,622 9,690
Unknown 17,209 16,190 18,018
       
Broad class of admission      
Family-sponsored preferences 16,403 15,261 16,573
Employment-based preferences 15,329 13,886 9,484
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens 26,515 27,115 33,773
Diversity 25 22 20
Refugees and asylees 21,891 20,352 27,454
Other 108 19 41
       
Leading states of residence      
California 21,925 22,824 27,305
Colorado 637 705 783
Connecticut 782 741 840
Florida 1,690 1,717 1,946
Georgia 1,170 1,227 1,263
Illinois 2,313 2,299 2,456
Maryland 1,626 1,568 1,605
Massachusetts 2,771 2,696 2,768
Michigan 1,047 1,112 1,103
Nevada 743 661 827
New Jersey 2,631 2,394 2,539
New York 23,981 20,317 23,891
North Carolina 789 862 878
Ohio 1,038 1,117 1,195
Pennsylvania 2,124 2,195 2,353
Texas 3,131 2,701 3,106
Virginia 1,345 1,311 1,574
Washington 1,758 1,579 1,577

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security