Your chances of smooth integration into United States life, economically or otherwise, may depend upon the city you choose as your home. New American Economy (NAE) is an organization that conducts research on U.S. immigration relations. Specifically, they look at the economic impacts of immigration. They also have a strong focus on the ways that immigrants contribute positively to U.S. culture.
According to an NAE report published in late 2019, Chicago ranks first in the NAE Cities Index. The NAE Cities Index is only a two-year-old study but is already showing significant trends. The index measured the success of immigrant integration from 2018 to 2019. Basically, the NAE wanted to see the roles that major cities have in the immigrant integration process.
Part of the index measured the policies that cities implement which support that integration. It also measured comparisons of socioeconomic statistics between residents born in the U.S. and immigrants. Midwestern cities tended to perform the best, overall, and Chicago’s score was 4.38/5, making it the highest.
The report also suggests that there may be a tie between cities that perform well according to the NAE Cities Index and cities who have high ratings for their residents’ overall well-being. Simply put, they found that U.S.-born residents and immigrants make more money per year in cities that also score well on the NAE Cities Index.
In 2020, reports studies like those from NAE are vital to understanding the condition of United States relations with immigrants. How a city handles your integration has the potential to affect several aspects of your life, and you deserve to know how well your city is doing.