Immigrants — those living in the country legally and illegally — account for $1.8 billion in spending power in northern Nevada, finds a report by a non-partisan think tank, New American Economy.
The organization, launched by liberal former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and conservative Fox News Chairman Rupert
Using publicly available statistics, many from the Census Bureau, the organization says immigrant workers account for 29.5 percent of the workers in the region’s hospitality and restaurant businesses, 26.4 percent of its workers in construction and nearly 22 percent of its workers in manufacturing.
New American Economy estimates that 3,200 immigrants in the region own businesses.
Immigrants, the research found,
About 40 percent of immigrants in the region haven’t finished high school, compared with 7.6 percent of the native-born population. College degrees are held by 18.4 percent of immigrants and 26.7 percent of native-born residents of the region.
Immigrants own about 19,000 houses in northern Nevada, the researchers found.
Although New American Economy didn’t estimate the number of undocumented immigrants in northern Nevada, it said people in the country illegally accounted for 30 percent of all immigrants in Nevada.
If that percentage is accurate for northern Nevada, it means 26,000 illegal immigrants live in the region. The total immigrant population of Northern Nevada is estimated at 87,258.