- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Immigrants have had a vast impact on the District’s economy, ranking among the top five states in a study done by personal finance website WalletHub.

The report came in the wake of several executive orders from President Trump that sought to quell both legal and illegal immigration from certain countries.

“Such changes may affect not only international travelers but also state economies, albeit to varying degrees,” WalletHub says in the report.

Analysts from the website compared the 50 states and the District across a range of 18 economic metrics and found that only California, New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts outranked the city in benefiting from immigrants.

The District ranked first in several specific categories, including percentage foreign born people aged 25 or older with a bachelor’s degree or high and the percentage of jobs created by the presence of international students.

• Ryan M. McDermott can be reached at rmcdermott@washingtontimes.com.

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