U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for January 1: Ellis Island Opens

Jan 01, 2016, 00:01 ET from U.S. Census Bureau

WASHINGTON, Jan. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile AmericaFriday, January 1st. The place where many of our ancestors first stepped ashore when they came to America seeking a new life opened on this date in 1892 — Ellis Island in New York Harbor. The very first immigrant processed at the new facility was a 15-year-old Irish girl named Annie Moore. Over the course of more than 60 years, some 12 million people flowed through the center. Some sources say the number is considerably higher. The peak year was 1907, when just over a million immigrants came to Ellis Island. The complex now belongs to the National Park Service and is visited by several million people a year. In 1910, the foreign-born represented nearly 15 percent of America's population. Now, after falling through 1970, that figure sits at 12.9 percent. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.

Ellis Island history/accessed 11/10/2015: http://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/ellis-island-history 
First immigrant/accessed 11/10/2015: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/progress/jb_progress_ellis_1.html 
Foreign-born population trends: http://www.census.gov/how/infographics/foreign_born.html 
Foreign-born population estimates/table 1.1: https://www.census.gov/population/foreign/data/cps2012.html

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau