This fact sheet presents a demographic profile of Arizona's Hispanic and foreign-born populations in 2006. Arizona is the first state in the nation to enact a law that penalizes businesses for knowingly hiring unauthorized immigrants. The Legal Arizona Workers Act took effect on Jan. 1, 2008.
The fact sheet highlights key characteristics of Arizona's population in 2006; changes in Arizona's population from 2000 to 2006; and the key characteristics of Arizona's labor force in 2006. It is based on the Pew Hispanic Center's analysis of the 2006 American Community Survey and the 2000 Decennial Census, both conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Tables in the text and in the appendix contain demographic and labor market characteristics of all Arizonans, all foreign-born persons, all Hispanics, native-born Hispanics and foreign-born Hispanics in total and by period of arrival. Some estimates for the United States are also presented for the sake of contrast with trends in Arizona.