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

** Immigrants comprise 12.5% total population in Virginia.

Diversity Contributions

*Data source: Virginia Newcomer Information Systems

Top Newcomer Languages
  • Dari
  • Pashto
  • Spanish
  • Amharic
  • Tigrinya
81.7%
Speak Host Country's Language
Economic Contributions
$8.8B
Total Immigrant Federal Taxes paid
$3.8B
Total Immigrant State & Local Taxes paid
$43.8B
Immigrant Household Income
$31.2B
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.

77,440
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.

February 13, 2021

How does a refugee move forward in a new country? How do they bridge the gaps they face that are necessary for integration into a new place? Most importantly, how do they learn the language fast enough to get a job and be productive in their communities? One ESL program in Virginia's southeast region targeting mothers and children conducts classes over Zoom, offering both language skills and a sense of community for women who are often more isolated.

Volunteers
Brandi
Assistant Community Programs Director, Washington, D.C./Virginia
Annie
Head of Social Media, Community Liaison, Washington, D.C.
Berit
Community Liaison, Washington, D.C.
Heather
Writer
Emily wood
Community Liaison, Washington, D.C.
Kirsten
Photographer, Washington, D.C
Carla
Photographer, Washington, D.C.
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