The American Immigration Council released data on Florida’s immigrant population and their contributions to the state. The Florida state fact sheet includes data on population size, educational and citizenship attainment, English proficiency levels, and data on undocumented immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients in the state.
The fact sheet shows that one in five Florida residents is an immigrant, together making up more than a fourth of the state’s labor force.
The fact sheets also reveals that in 2014, Immigrant-led households in the state paid $17 billion in federal taxes and $6.4 billion in state and local taxes. As consumers, immigrant-led households spent $73.1 billion on Florida’s economy. Undocumented immigrants comprised 6.2 percent of Florida’s workforce and paid $598.7 million in state and local taxes in 2014.
Other findings indicate that immigrant entrepreneurs in Florida generated $5.6 billion in business revenue in 2015. Immigrants accounted for 61.6 percent of business owners in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale/Miami Beach metropolitan area, 23.7 percent in the Orlando metro area, and 21.7 percent in the Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater metro area.