Immigration is an issue that is usually discussed in relation to the development of the U.S. metropolitan areas. The problem is in the fact that immigration rates tend to increase regularly, and many authorities discuss these changes as obvious threats to the economic progress of the metropolitan areas. The increased numbers of immigrants can affect economic stability in the determined areas negatively.
However, significant levels of immigration in certain areas are also often discussed as influencing the economic development of the U.S. metropolitan areas positively because the household income of certain groups of immigrants is often high. Furthermore, there is a question about the impact of different immigration groups on the economic development of areas.
Thus, the research in the field is necessary to explore possible relationships between the rates of immigrants and such economic concepts as the median household income. While focusing on determining the costs and benefits of changing immigration rates, it is appropriate to study the association between the percentage of immigrants and the median household income in the U.S. metropolitan areas.
The hypothesis for the study is that the increased rates of immigrants of different origins contribute to increasing the median household income in the U.S. metropolitan areas. Focusing on the relationship between the general percentage of foreign-born people living in the metropolitan areas and the median household income, it is possible to state that the hypothesis is confirmed.
Thus, the high percentage of immigrants living in different metropolitan areas is directly associated with the high median household income in these areas. From this point, the results indicate that those metropolitan areas where the number of immigrants is high are characterized by the higher median household income.
The hypothesis is also tested in relation to immigrants of such origins as Asian and Latin American. The hypothesis is confirmed regarding the foreign-born Asians because the results demonstrate the positive relationship between the number of Asian immigrants and the median household income.
Thus, those territories where the percentage of foreign-born Asians is high are characterized by the high median household income levels. Nevertheless, the hypothesis is not confirmed regarding the foreign-born Latin Americans because there is no relationship between the percentage of immigrants from Latin America and the median household income in metropolitan areas. From this point, the number of foreign-born Latin Americans is not correlated with the positive changes in the metropolitan areas’ median household income.
The research explores whether there is a relationship between the immigration trend and the median household income in the U.S. metropolitan areas. Referring to the received results, it is possible to state that the relationship exists because the percentage of foreign-born people is associated with the changes in household income. Thus, the general hypothesis for this research is confirmed.
Furthermore, it is also possible to conclude that immigration from Asian countries contributes more to positive changes in the metropolitan areas’ median household income. Immigration from Latin America does not have such an effect because there is a negative correlation between the number of immigrants from Latin America and the median household income.
There are also limitations associated with the study. The study does not present the details regarding the immigrants from the regions other than the Latin America and Asia. Still, the overall relationship between the immigration trend and the median household income is examined properly.