Infographic of the Day: Who Came to the US in 2008

From Good magazine’s infographics team, a visual summary listing the 20 countries with the most number of immigrants to the U.S. in 2008:


(This recent interview lists similar examples from the pages of Good, including graphics that compare (American) museums and major subway systems.)

  • Frank Ch. Eigler

    That’s at least the legal immigrants. That qualifier is included in the article, but perhaps should have appeared on the graphic too.

  • The gray “unknown” bar is fascinating. Are those known unknowns, unknown knowns or unknown unknowns?

  • Dan

    Why hasn’t the US taken in any of the millions of Iraqi refugees ? It is a crime.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t think of any way in which this presentation of the information is superior to a plain old bar chart, perhaps in order of number of immigrants to facilitate comparisons.

  • I realise this post is a bit old now, but I think that’s a terrible infographic! The colours, positions, and order of countries have little or no pattern, nor correlation to the main graphic, and makes it really hard to digest the data.

    It seems like the one aim was to make a flag shape, and the rest was just poured in on top.