Where are refugees in the U.S. resettled? Another way of asking this question is what states resettle the most refugees? The Office of Refugee Resettlement in the Department of Health and Human Services keeps track of the number of refugees resettled in which states.
It should be no surprise that the states with the largest populations also resettle the largest number of refugees. The map above shows the average total number of refugees resettled per year in each state from 2000 to 2014. The top five states are Florida, California, Texas, New York and Washington with 8,318, 7,093, 4,909, 3,825, and 2,774 average total number of refugees resettled per year from 2000 to 2014 respectively. When controlling for population however the numbers come out a bit different.
This map shows the average number of refugees resettled per capita (*100,000) per year from 2000 to 2014. Here the top 5 states are North Dakota, South Dakota, Florida, Idaho, and Minnesota with 71, 50, 49, 48, and 47 as the average number of refugees resettled per 100,000 people per year from 2000-2014. As a native of North Dakota I am immensely proud of my home state for welcoming so many fleeing a well founded fear of persecution. It is a testament to the character of the state that they are open to helping those who are most vulnerable.
Looking more closely at the numbers for North Dakota one can see that 2006 was a big outlier with over 300 refugees resettled per 100,000 people. That goes a big way in bringing the 2000 to 2014 average up but since 2006 North Dakota has seen the per capita number of refugees resettled stay above 50 which still places the state towards the top in per capita refugees resettled. Good job North Dakota!