- Utah: The state government and business community have propelled Utah onto the world economic stage. As a result, Utah’s exports tripled between 2005 and 2012 to $16.1 billion and the state grabbed a nice share of foreign direct investment flowing into the U.S. For three years running (2010–2012), Forbes crowned Utah the best state in the nation for business.
- Arkansas: The immigrant population grew a surprising 82 percent between 2000 and 2010, ranking fourth among all states in terms of the fastest foreign-born growth rate. The relatively strong economy and low cost of living make it an attractive destination for newly-arrived immigrants.
- North Carolina: North Carolina is an international powerhouse of innovation and a magnet for foreign-born workers and global investors. Over 750,000 North Carolinians, or about eight percent of the population, are foreign born. In 2012, they pumped $12.9 billion into the state’s economy