Number of migrants to the United States from Great Britain 1820-1957

Between 1820 and 1957, over 4.5 million people emigrated from Great Britain to the United States. The period with the highest levels of migration came during the 1860s, 70s and 80s, with almost 110 thousand people migrating in 1888 alone. The period with the lowest levels of migration came in the 1930s and early 40s, as the Great Depression caused an economic crisis across the globe, hitting the US and Great Britain particularly hard. Economic recovery in the late 1930s caused the migration rate to increase again, before the Second World War brought the numbers back down in the first half of the 1940s.

Number of migrants from Great Britain documented in United States between 1820 and 1957

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Release date

August 2019


United States, United Kingdom (Great Britain, England, Scotland, Wales)

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Supplementary notes

Great Britain is the island containing England, Scotland and Wales, and figures relating to Ireland and Northern Ireland are not included in this statistic.

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