The more than 1.3 million immigrant residents in Dallas-Fort Worth are 20.1 percent more likely than native born residents to be entrepreneurs, according to bipartisan research and immigration advocacy organization New American Economy.
The organization analyzed the latest data available from the Census Bureau's 2017 American Community Survey, which looks at tax contributions, entrepreneurship, spending power and other demographic data. The study found that immigrants accounted for nearly 20 percent of the D-FW population, wielded $30.4 billion in spending power and contributed almost $10 billion in taxes in 2016 alone, making them important contributors to the local economy.
The share of D-FW's population that's made up of immigrants is slightly larger than Texas' overall 17.1 percent.
"This data shows the central role immigrants play in every state in the union as workers, consumers, entrepreneurs, and homeowners," the president of New American Economy, John Feinblatt, said in a statement.
In the D-FW area, the construction industry had the highest share of foreign-born workers at 49.6 percent while 33.5 percent of agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting workers were foreign-born. The study's authors note that without the immigrant workforce, "these positions might remain unfilled, hurting local businesses and leading employers to relocate elsewhere."