Kentucky ranks 34th in economic impact from immigrants

01/30/2018 11:10 AM

A newly released study from WalletHub on the economic impact of foreign-born populations on all 50 states and the District of Columbia found that Kentucky was ranked 34th overall for benefits from immigrants.

Source: WalletHub

The data set ranged from median household income of foreign-born population to jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses as a share of total jobs.

Kentucky’s overall score was 26.53, receiving the highest rank in ‘brain gain and innovation’ coming in 18th overall. The state received the next highest ranking for ‘workforce’ at 36. Despite the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky, the Commonwealth only received a ranking of 44 for ‘international students’. Kentucky was ranked last for ‘socioeconomic contribution’ from immigrants.

New York was ranked the highest in regards to economic impact of immigrants while Mississippi was ranked the lowest.

The full report can be found here .

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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