Foreign-Born Population

This indicator reports the percentage of the population that is foreign-born. The foreign-born population includes anyone who was not a U.S. citizen or a U.S. national at birth. This includes any non-citizens, as well as persons born outside of the U.S. who have become naturalized citizens. The native U.S. population includes any person born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area (such as Guam), or abroad of American (U.S. citizen) parent or parents. The latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that 5,248 persons in the report area are of foreign birth, which represents 3.46% of the report area population. This percentage is less than the national rate of 13.07%.
Report Area Total Population Naturalized U.S. Citizens Populaiton Without U.S. Citizenship Total Foreign-Birth Population Foreign-Birth Population, Percent of Total Population
Franklin County, PA 151,517 1,966 3,282 5,248 3.46%
Pennsylvania 12,758,729 401,469 380,634 782,103 6.13%
United States 314,107,072 18,800,048 22,256,836 41,056,884 13.07%
Data Source: US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. 2009-13. Source geography: Tract

Foreign-Born Population by Ethnicity Alone
Report Area Total Hispanic / Latino Total Not Hispanic / Latino Percent Hispanic / Latino Percent Not Hispanic / Latino
Franklin County, PA 2,289 3,042 37.72% 2.14%
Pennsylvania 154,047 569,379 22.32% 4.76%
United States 18,444,116 20,824,724 37.48% 8.09%
Foreign-Born Population by Race Alone, Percent
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 2.63% 5.56% 0% 73.03% no data 35.26% 4.97%
Pennsylvania 3.08% 6.39% 10.36% 69.75% 25.71% 23.11% 7.18%
United States 8.21% 8.34% 6.19% 66.62% 21.65% 42.91% 9.56%
Foreign-Born Population by Race Alone, Total
Report Area White Black or African American Native American / Alaska Native Asian Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Some Other Race Multiple Race
Franklin County, PA 3,652 279 0 999 0 311 90
Pennsylvania 322,094 86,874 1,871 238,469 716 57,924 15,478
United States 18,650,570 3,203,416 155,034 9,657,447 108,355 6,747,032 746,984
Website Updated August 2016

Foreign-Born Population

Data Background

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide, continuous survey designed to provide communities with reliable and timely demographic, housing, social, and economic data. The ACS samples nearly 3 million addresses each year, resulting in nearly 2 million final interviews. The ACS replaces the long-form decennial census; however, the number of household surveys reported annually for the ACS is significantly less than the number reported in the long-form decennial census. As a result, the ACS combines detailed population and housing data from multiple years to produce reliable estimates for small counties, neighborhoods, and other local areas. Negotiating between timeliness and accuracy, the ACS annually releases current, one-year estimates for geographic areas with large populations; three-year and five-year estimates are also released each year for additional areas based on minimum population thresholds.

Citation: U.S. Census Bureau: A Compass for Understanding and Using American Community Survey Data (2008).

For more information about this source, including data collection methodology and definitions, refer to the American Community Survey website.


Population counts for demographic groups and total area population data are acquired from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Data represent estimates for the 5 year period 2010-2014. Mapped data are summarized to 2010 census tract boundaries. Area demographic statistics are measured as a percentage of the total population based on the following formula:
Percentage = [Subgroup Population] / [Total Population] * 100

For more information on the data reported in the American Community Survey, please see the complete American Community Survey 2014 Subject Definitions.


Race and Ethnicity
Race and ethnicity (Hispanic origin) are collected as two separate categories in the American Community Survey (ACS) based on methods established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 1997. Indicator race and ethnicity statistics are generated from self-identified survey responses. Using the OMB standard, the available race categories in the ACS are: White, Black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian, and Other. An ACS survey respondent may identify as one race alone, or may choose multiple races. Respondents selecting multiple categories are racially identified as “Two or More Races”. The minimum ethnicity categories are: Hispanic or Latino, and Not Hispanic or Latino. Respondents may only choose one ethnicity. All social and economic data are reported in the ACS public use files by race alone, ethnicity alone, and for the white non-Hispanic population.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <>, August 2016