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The Census includes all residents of the United States, regardless of their citizenship status. In some areas of the country, those without American citizenship account for a substantial proportion of the population, while in many areas, particularly in the Midwest, the make up only a small percentage of residents. Likewise, in some areas the majority of the population has come from other states within the U.S. while in others, particularly in the South, the population is more stable over time.

Nativity and Citizenship Status, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Total Population 29,760,021 100.00% 33,871,648 100.00%
Total Native Population 23,301,196 78.30% 25,007,393 73.83%
Born in US 22,905,935 76.97% 24,633,720 72.73%
Born in Same State 13,797,065 46.36% 17,019,097 50.25%
Born in Different State 9,108,870 30.61% 7,614,623 22.48%
Born Outside US 395,261 1.33% 373,673 1.10%
Total Foreign Born Population 6,458,825 21.70% 8,864,255 26.17%
Naturalized 2,017,610 6.78% 3,473,266 10.25%
Non-Naturalized 4,441,215 14.92% 5,390,989 15.92%

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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