Crowd of peopleThe U.S. Census Bureau this week released estimates of the 2012 foreign-born population for the country – 40,824,658 persons – and for the states. The record number of foreign-born residents represents 13 percent of the nation’s total population. That is up from 12.9 percent in the 2010 Census – demonstrating that nationwide the foreign-born population is rising faster than the native-born population.

In this updated estimate, some states lost both native-born population and foreign-born population while others were gaining. States that saw major jumps in foreign-born residents included Pennsylvania (up 31.6% vs. 5.0% for the native-born), South Carolina (up 24.5% vs. -3.6%), Wyoming (up 23.2% vs. 1.7%), New Hampshire (21.8% vs. 5.0%), and Utah (20.5% vs. 1.8%).