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Washington, D.C.

Demographics
Arrivals

*Virginia Refugee Data includes all refugee eligible populations being served by a Refugee Resettlement Provider currently under contract with the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), Office of Newcomer Services (ONS). Data source: Virginia Newcomer Information Systems (includes Refugees, SIVs, & Asylees). Fiscal Year data.

** Immigrants comprise 12.5% total population in Virginia.

Diversity Contributions

*Data source: Virginia Newcomer Information Systems

Top Newcomer Languages
  • Dari
  • Pashto
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Amharic
  • Tigrinya
81.7%
Speak Host Country's Language
Economic Contributions
$6.7B
Total Immigrant Federal Taxes paid
$2.7B
Total Immigrant State & Local Taxes paid
$47.1B
Immigrant Household Income
$33.6B
Total Spending Power
Top 3 Fields of Labor*

Building, Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance

28.4%

Construction & Extraction

25.1%

Computer & Math Sciences

23.6%

*Top % share of the immigrant labor force in Virginia. Data source: American Immigration Council: Immigrants in Virginia.

80,683
Total # Immigrant Entrepreneurs in VA
Socio-Familial Stability
Unaccompanied Children Released to Sponsors by the State
# of Immigrant (refugee & asylee) Family Reunifications

*Data not available

Community & Educational Contributions
Immigrant Educational Attainment
  • 18.9%
    Less than High School
  • 37.1%
    High School & Some College
  • 23.0%
    Bachelor's Degree
  • 21.0%
    Graduate Degree
51%
Naturalized Citizens
D. C. Sunset Run 2019 night
In solidarity with the 70+ million forcibly displaced persons worldwide, many of whom have walked weeks and months over difficult terrain seeking refuge, D.C. area runners and walkers participate in the Sunset Run for Refugees' annual event following a route from George Washington University to the Lincoln Memorial Reflection Pool to commemorate World Refugee Day.

June 8, 2022

To me, the label “refugee” is a badge of honor. I invite you to honor and celebrate refugees and welcomers with me this month and to meet some of these heroes at TSOS's Virtual World Refugee Day event on 17 June.

Volunteers
Brandi
Director of Community Program
Annie
Director of External Media, Community Liaison, Washington, D.C.
Heather
Associate Director
Carla
Photographer, Washington, D.C.
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