Palm Beach County's foreign-born population grows; the largest from Haiti

Agent-x - May 10 2012, 10:22 PM

According to Sun-Sentinel-com on May 10th 2012, Palm Beach County's foreign-born population grows Haitians account for largest number.

Nearly one in four residents of Palm Beach County comes from outside the United States, reflecting the county's growing attractiveness to immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean, according to data from the 2010 Census released Thursday.

The Census found that 23 percent of county residents are foreign-born, up from 17 percent in the 2000 count.

The percentage far exceeded the national figure of nearly 13 percent, as did the numbers in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, reflecting South Florida's growing attractiveness to immigrants.

The largest number came from Haiti --56,295 county residents -- more than double the number from 2000. Next came Cuba, followed by Mexico, Colombia, Jamaica, Guatemala, Canada, Honduras, Peru and Brazil.

Great Britain, Germany and Poland, which had held spots in the top 10 list of 2000, dropped off the 2010 list, which contained no European countries.

Francois Leconte, chief executive officer of Minority Development & Empowerment Inc., a social services agency in Fort Lauderdale, said South Florida's climate and proximity to Haiti make it very desirable.

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