Troy surpasses Dearborn for second most foreign-born residents

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The city of Troy recently passed Dearborn as the city with the second most foreign-born residents in Michigan.

According to 2014 U.S. Census data, Troy’s population now has 27.7 percent foreign-born residents compared to Dearborn’s 26.5 percent.

Dearborn Heights has 18.3 percent foreign-born residents, seeing a 4.4 percent increase from 2009.

Hamtramck has the highest foreign-born population in Michigan with 43.6 percent.

According to published reports, the growth in Troy and Oakland County can be attributed to job availability, strong businesses and school districts, vibrant communities and multiple places of worship.

Overall, as a state, Michigan ranks 15th nationally with about 637,000 foreign-born residents. The census data shows an 8 percent increase from 2010 to 2014 for the state.

The data also shows that the foreign-born residents making roots in Michigan come from more than 10 countries, including India, Lebanon, Philippines, Mexico and China.

Dearborn’s foreign-born population is mostly made up of people from Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq.

As for Dearborn Heights, its foreign-born population includes residents from Lebanon, Iraq and Canada.

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