(Yahoo! News) Alex Tanzi September 26 2019 The percentage of foreign-born U.S. residents has reached its highest level in more than a century according to estimates from the 2018 American Community Survey released today. A record 44.7 million people are foreign-born or about 13.7 of the U.S. population. Thats the highest rate since 1910 and comes amid a highly-charged political debate over whether the decennial Census survey should include a citizenship question. A subset of the foreign-born figure -- the number of people in the U.S. but not a U.S. citizen held at around 22 million in 2018. While the idea of adding a citizenship question to the decennial Census survey has been a contentious issue the annual ACS compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau does ask about a persons place of birth citizenship and year of entry into the U.S. The data is compiled to estimate the foreign-born U.S. population. In 1960 and 1970 about one in 20 U.S. residents were foreign born. Today the ratio is about one in seven and in Americas largest states -- California Texas Florida and New York -- more than 15 of residents are foreign born.