Immigration Map 1903–a Great Display of Data

JF Ptak Science Books  Post 2113

This map is an interesting early attempt to embed complex statistical information into map form. It shows us the countries of origin of new immigrants to each state and the occupations of the adult male immigrants (with women and children being statistically both invisible and weighty, as they were classified simply as “no occupation”).  New York state saw a huge influx of immigrants–the leading numbers in the country–with more than 150,000 on average every year from 1892-1903,  Most of the South received little interest from immigrants, with Mississippi and North Carolina receiving in the double digits of immigrants, Virginia and Alabama getting in the mid three-figures, and Georgia and Tennessee settling in on average in the single digits.  Florida, on the other hand, is a very different case, receiving in the mid four-figures and also leading the country in the percentage of skilled immigrants (with 42%).  It is interesting to note that Alaska from 1894-1896 received no (legal) immigrants, then having 1 in 1897.  

In any event it is a fascinating chart to have a browse with.

Aliem map full

[A full, zoomable version can be found at Michigan State University library, here.]

“Race and Occupation of immigrants by destination. Also the yearly increase and decrease of each state’s proportion and the number.” Citation:  Race and Occupation of immigrants by destination. Also the yearly increase and decrease of each state’s proportion and the number. Made in 1903 to accompany the Annual Report of the Commission-General of Immigration for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 1903 by Frank P. Sargent, Commissioner-General of Immigration and published in Washington in 1903 by the Government Printing Office.

Immigration NY+PA good

And New York, closer:

Alien NY detail

 

Alien map middle US

By: Ptak Science Books
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Source: http://j.mp/1tbPmSa

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