30 July 2014

Mapping out ITINs

A different way to look at the immigrant landscape is to map out where Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs)  have been issued. Think of these as an alternative to a Social Security number that allows a non-citizen to still file taxes.

Mapped in isolation the pattern of ITINs already says plenty about the distribution across New Jersey. While the Northeast corridor seems like a predictable area for a higher density of ITINs, casual observers may be surprised to see the areas in Salem and Cumberland County. But the map shows that the farming communities around Hammonton, Vineland and Bridgeton are all labor markets popular with migrant workers.

Over time, the growth of ITINs shows a very dynamic landscape (click on map to view it up close).

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