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The Census includes all residents of the United States, regardless of their citizenship status. In some areas of the country, those without American citizenship account for a substantial proportion of the population, while in many areas, particularly in the Midwest, the make up only a small percentage of residents. Likewise, in some areas the majority of the population has come from other states within the U.S. while in others, particularly in the South, the population is more stable over time.

Nativity and Citizenship Status, 1990-2000
1990 2000
Number Percent Number Percent
Total Population 178,403 100.00% 210,554 100.00%
Total Native Population 143,046 80.18% 158,370 75.22%
Born in US 140,162 78.56% 156,268 74.22%
Born in Same State 93,900 52.63% 121,958 57.92%
Born in Different State 46,262 25.93% 34,310 16.30%
Born Outside US 2,884 1.62% 2,102 1.00%
Total Foreign Born Population 35,357 19.82% 52,184 24.78%
Naturalized 8,161 4.57% 16,809 7.98%
Non-Naturalized 27,196 15.24% 35,375 16.80%

Source: Census 2000 analyzed by the Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN).

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