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Mexican in America: Green Cards

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

  FY 2008 FY 2007 FY 2006
Total 189,989 148,640 173,753
       
New arrivals 91,780 53,414 52,770
Adjustments of status 98,209 95,226 120,983
       
Age      
Under 18 years 39,701 30,132 35,771
18 to 24 years 29,472 23,782 27,660
25 to 34 years 42,065 35,386 40,743
35 to 44 years 32,084 25,122 30,686
45 to 54 years 17,213 13,098 14,923
55 to 64 years 14,958 10,515 11,851
65 years and over 14,494 10,604 12,109
Unknown 2 1 10
       
Marital status      
Single 65,111 51,630 61,394
Married 115,946 89,908 104,685
Other 8,201 6,396 6,749
Unknown 731 706 925
       
Occupation      
Management, professional, and related occupations 4,223 3,621 3,789
Service occupations 5,682 5,169 5,691
Sales and office occupations 3,442 2,948 3,211
Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations 5,172 4,575 5,062
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair occupations 2,721 2,824 3,182
Production, transportation, and material moving occupations 20,626 14,326 16,839
Military 17 19 30
No occupation/not working outside home 116,571 82,946 94,020
Homemakers 61,020 40,862 45,319
Students or children 46,969 34,428 40,166
Retirees 648 596 593
Unemployed 7,934 7,060 7,942
Unknown 31,535 32,212 41,929
       
Broad class of admission      
Family-sponsored preferences 66,693 45,422 62,998
Employment-based preferences 8,767 11,900 8,864
Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens 111,703 87,466 94,663
Diversity 11 10 16
Refugees and asylees 416 396 491
Other 2,399 3,446 6,721
       
Leading states of residence      
Arizona 10,557 8,048 10,030
California 73,648 57,212 66,744
Colorado 4,219 2,931 3,245
Florida 4,632 4,063 5,342
Georgia 4,002 2,984 3,708
Illinois 11,389 8,617 11,735
Nevada 3,690 3,082 3,759
New Jersey 1,055 1,238 1,216
New York 2,337 2,841 3,127
North Carolina 2,178 1,933 2,865
Texas 41,060 31,337 35,830
Washington 3,023 2,360 2,305

Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security