Indianapolis is a multicultural city. More than 120 nationalities are represented and 90 different languages are spoken here. Indianapolis has one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in the country. According to the Migration Policy Institute, Indianapolis ranked ninth in population change in the number of foreign-born residents.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau:
- 8.3 percent of Indianapolis residents are foreign-born.
- In 11.8 percent of homes, a language other than English is spoken.
- The Indianapolis metro population grew by 15.2 percent in the last decade due in large part to an influx of foreign born.
- The Asian population more than doubled and the number of Hispanic residents increased by approximately 64,000 people.
Newcomers arrive from every country one can imagine. Nearly half of the newcomers to Indianapolis come from Latin American countries. The top five countries of origin for Hoosier immigrants as of 2012 are Burma, Mexico, India, China, and the Philippines.
The majority of Indianapolis’ foreign-born population entered the United States in the last decade. According to the 2000 United States Census, the population in Indianapolis grew by approximately 40,000 residents, and immigrants accounted for 4 percent of this population increase.
With the increases in the number of immigrants, we have already seen positive changes like:
- More businesses and ethnic restaurants, especially on the west side of Indianapolis.
- Increased learning opportunities and social interaction among native-born and foreign-born populations.
- More arts and special programming that exposes residents to different cultures.
- A growing perception of Indianapolis as a global city.
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