In addition to being the least populated state in the nation, estimates suggest Wyoming is among the least-active states in terms of illegal immigration.
Estimating illegal immigration is always difficult, according to the Center for Immigration Studies
. Entities that undertake the effort include the Pew Research Center, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
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The U.S. Census Bureau website indicates Wyoming
’s 2010 population was 563,626, the lowest among the 50 states. The Pew Research Center estimated that illegal immigrants in 2010 made up about 10,000 of Wyoming’s population, or about 1.8 percent, according to Slate
. The Cowboy State finished in a tie with Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia as the states with the lowest 2010 undocumented immigrant estimates, each with 10,000.
The Pew Research Center listed undocumented immigrant
populations as being “not available” for those seven states when in December 2014 it released estimates for 2012 of the number of illegal immigrants living in each state. The release indicated an estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S that year — down from a peak of 12.2 million in 2007 and unchanged since 2009.
Homeland Security estimated the nationwide illegal immigrant
population in 2012 at 11.43 million, down from 11.59 million in 2010. Homeland Security estimates are available for only the 10 states thought to have the largest illegal immigration populations, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform
FAIR estimated Wyoming’s illegal alien population for 2010 at 5,000.
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