What Country Sent The Most Immigrants To Montana?

On November 8th, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison declared Montana to be the 41st state in America.

Even before that moment, people had been immigrating to Montana for almost 100 years, thanks to the Louisiana Purchase.

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Immigration Statistics From The 1900 Census

With Montana finally being admitted to the United States of America, that meant the 1900 Census was going to count the immigrant totals in the state.

The majority of immigrants in the late 1800s came to America looking to find a better life, thanks to the Industrial Revolution.

Up until the 1960s, most of the immigrants that came to not only America but also Montana were originally from the southern and eastern parts of Europe.

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Immigration Statistics From Today

After 1965, the majority of immigrants to the United States started to primarily come from both Asian and Latin American countries.

Today's immigration total is not too far from that of the 1900 census, according to the website Stacker.

About 14% of the US population total is considered to be immigrants, which was the same as back in 1900.

That means, while back in 1900, immigrants accounted for just over 10 million people, today that number stands at just under 45 million.

To see what counties sent the most immigrants back in 1900, Stacker used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and ranked the counties by total immigrants born there.

The Ranking Of Montana's Immigrant Population According To The 1900 Census

Stacker lets us see what counties had the highest number of immigrants in Montana according to the 1900 Census.

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