This network represents the states where legal permanent residents were granted status in 2011 and the countries where they were formerly citizens. Each state is connected to the five countries that were granted the most green cards per citizen.

While each state grants cards to more citizens represented in this graph, showing only the data for the Top 5 illuminates the various origins that each state attracts, leading the viewer to explore how ethnically diverse each state is and explore interesting differences between geographical locations. Generally, too, the graph shows various trends, such as the dominance of immigrants that become permanent residents from countries like China and Mexico.

How the graph works: When you click a state (blue), it will show you the five country connections. When you click a country (red), it will show you all the states in which it was represented in the Top 5. The size of each country node represents the total number of legal permanent residents across all states (in other words, when you filter by state, it does not show you the respective percentage); instead, the breakdown by number of individuals is available in the pop-up after clicking each state node. To see a full-window version, click here (you can also use this URL for embedding on your website in an iframe).


The map below is a geospatial representation of the network above. Here you can see the global connections made as individuals in America become permanent residents (blue) and the connections they retain back home (red).