Immigration seems to be Hot Topic No. 1 in the country and the Bay Area is no exception. But the percentage of the population that was born outside the country might surprise you.

Most Bay Area counties have a significant proportion of immigrants, according to the latest update to census data. Santa Clara County counts the most foreign-born residents with 38 percent, followed closely by San Francisco and San Mateo counties.#1. Santa Clara — 38.07% immigrant residents#2. San Francisco — 34.91% immigrant residents#3. San Mateo — 34.52% immigrant residents#4. Alameda — 31.69% immigrant residents#5. Contra Costa — 24.4% immigrant residents#6. Napa — 22.84% immigrant residents#7. Solano — 20.12% immigrant residents#8. Marin — 18.38% immigrant residents#9. Sonoma — 16.8% immigrant residents[bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”#1. Santa Clara” percent=”38.07″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”#2. San Francisco” percent=”34.91″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”#3. San Mateo” percent=”34.52″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”#4. Alameda” percent=”31.69″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”#5. Contra Costa” percent=”24.4″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”#6. Napa” percent=”22.84″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”#7. Solano” percent=”20.12″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”#8. Marin” percent=”18.38″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”#9. Sonoma” percent=”16.8″]The rate of foreign-born people in the Bay Area, which includes everyone not born on U.S. soil, is significantly higher than the national rate of 13.25 percent.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, Table S0501

Daniel J. Willis