The city of Chula Vista landed the top 10 of the country’s 100 largest cities rated for how they integrate immigrants.
New American Economy’s (NAE) Cities Index scores each city based on 51 unique measurements, including language access policies, support for immigrant entrepreneurs, labor force participation and homeownership rates.
Chula Vista scored high in livability, pointing to a smaller gap in homeownership rates, health insurance rates, and educational attainment rates between their U.S.-born and immigrant populations.
It also ranked high in both immigrant and U.S.-born entrepreneurs, making it more likely to see job creation. On average, immigrant and U.S.-born entrepreneurs living in the top 25 cities have a slightly higher median business income than entrepreneurs in cities overall.
Chula Vista, along with St. Petersburg, Florida; Newark, New Jersey; and Henderson, Nevada, which were among the smallest third of the index cities in terms of population, took the top five socioeconomic outcome spots.
The city of Chula Vista is the second-largest city in San Diego County with a population of 268,000. 2018 is the first year for the NAE Cities Index, which will be updated annually to track cities' progress. To view the full data and information visit their website.
San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York made the list earning perfect scores in Government Leadership and Legal Support, and all maintain a local office dedicated to immigrant integration.