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Immigration Study

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NOVA Region Dashboard Immigration Study

The Northern Virginia Regional Commission was pleased to collaborate with the Partnership for a New American Economy (NAE) and the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia on the study, One Region: Welcoming New Americans to Northern Virginia. 

The original study was published on March 12, 2020.  It is a study of the economic impact of immigrants to the region. An addendum to the study was published on October 21, 2020 that provides immigrant data relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis response. The research was conducted by NAE.  NAE has undertaken similar studies throughout the United States.​

This One Region report dashboard summarizes and reports on immigration in the Northern Virginia region.  This dashboard provides quick access to key data pieces found in the report. This One Region immigration dashboard provides data not only of the overall Northern Virginia region, but also on the localities within the region

A webinar was hosted on October 21, 2020. For copies of the presentations and video recording go to the webinar webpage.

Download a copy of the original report, published March 2020

Immigration Report NAE

Overview of the One Region Report

The One Region report is a comprehensive picture of new Americans in Northern Virginia (NOVA). It highlights the size and rapid growth in the immigrant population in the region and their impact on the local economy, including injecting more money into local businesses, property markets, and municipal budgets as consumers, homebuyers, and taxpayers. 

Immigrants are major contributors to Northern Virginia's (NOVA) economy as highlighted in the report. The NOVA immigrant population is diverse.  These people emigrate, seeking a better life for themselves and their families. 


“Immigrants are a vital part of the economic and social fabric of Northern Virginia. Their success is our success, and we must continue to be a welcoming community for all to ensure our long-term prosperity,” said P. David Tarter, Chairman of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and Mayor of the City of Falls Church.

Immigrants are an indispensable part of the local Northern Virginia economy at all levels, as workers, business owners, taxpayers and consumers.

Children Embracing in Circle


What is the foreign born share of the population in NOVA?

Source: U.S Census Bureau, 2018 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates.


Immigrants widen and deepen the labor market with a vast array of skills and levels of expertise. They help businesses, farms, and factories fill workforce gaps at all levels of the labor market, allowing companies to meet market demands and expand their operations, which leads to more job creation.

* Except where otherwise noted, the term “immigrant” and “foreign-born” are used interchangeably throughout the NOVA Region Dashboard and in the "One Region" report.

COVID-19 Addendum

One Region Report Addendum on COVID-19 Response

​This brief provides a glimpse at the role of immigrants in Northern Virginia during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the impact that the pandemic has had on the immigrant community.

The immigrant population is especially vulnerable to gaps in our social safety nets. Understanding this population in Northern Virginia helps better inform local leaders as they aim to implement inclusive emergency response policies.

The immigrant population is essential to our country’s rapid COVID-19 response efforts.

Download a copy of the COVID-19 addendum report published October 2020

One Region Addendum report snapshot with link to the report

Data Charts and Key Findings by Report Topic

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The data is sourced from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates, as well as other sources. The ACS is a survey based on a sample of the population.  Sample surveys include a degree of uncertainty and error in the data.  The larger the population and housing units of an area or data variable, the more reliable the ACS data.  The Northern Virginia regional data is more reliable than the county level data that is presented in the data charts.  Users should interpret the data by keeping this in mind.

Additional Immigrant Information

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Further information about Northern Virginia's immigrant population, from research NVRC has conducted separately from the One Region report, can be found on the People dashboard.

There is a myriad of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide services to immigrants. A number of the local governments in Northern Virginia also provide links to information and services.

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