Immigrants in Indiana:

Northwest Indiana Compared to Other Parts of the State

GGD-92-32FS: Published: Jan 10, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 13, 1992.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided data: (1) comparing the percentages of immigrants in the Northwest region of Indiana to the percentages in other regions of the state; and (2) on naturalization petitions filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

GAO found that: (1) from fiscal year (FY) 1983 through FY 1990, the percentage of immigrants in the Northwest region of Indiana increased by 11 percent, from 22 to 33 percent; (2) from FY 1983 through FY 1990, over 40 percent of the Eastern European immigrants who lived in Indiana resided in the Northwest region; (3) the Northwest region, Evansville, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis accounted for 21 of the 92 counties in Indiana, but 66 percent of the immigrants who applied for residency in Indiana from FY 1983 through FY 1990 resided in those areas; (4) 55.8 percent of the Spanish-speaking immigrants entering Indiana in FY 1990 resided in the Northwest region, 11.2 percent resided in the Indianapolis region, 7.4 percent resided in the Fort Wayne region, and 1.3 percent resided in the Evansville region; and (5) Northwest Indiana residents filed 55.2 percent of the 406 naturalization petitions filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana between November 1990 and June 1991.

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