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Immigration drives East Bay population growth

  • ​The Bay Area’s economy lures people from all over the world, and international immigration plays an important role in Bay Area population growth. In 2015, more than 30.0 percent of Bay Area residents were foreign born.
  • Within the Bay Area, the East Bay’s lower costs to rent and proximity to major employment hubs are attracting new residents. In 2015, 28.3 percent of the East Bay’s total population and 34.2 percent of its renters were foreign born.
  • Domestic net migration to the East Bay has decreased during the past three years and turned negative in 2016. At the same time, international immigration has gradually increased. Given the East Bay’s significant base of foreign-born residents and the growing role of international migration to local population growth, proposed changes to limit international immigration would have significant implications for the East Bay’s rental housing market.​
Source: JLL Research, U.S. Census Bureau, 2016

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