Immigrant Construction Workers: Baltimore, MD & Washington, DC

Immigrant Construction Workers: Baltimore, MD & Washington, DC

When the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore collapsed on March 26, 2024, eight workers were on the bridge fixing potholes; only two of the workers survived. The six victims of the collapse were all immigrants to the United States born in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

In light of this tragedy, the national spotlight has turned towards demands for "safe, equal working conditions" for construction workers, many of whom are immigrants. The Institute for Immigration Research (IIR) has provided background context for reporting in the Baltimore Sun on this topic, and IIR data on immigrant essential workers in the construction industry in the Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC metro areas has been highlighted in WUSA90.

Information, fact sheets, and analysis on essential workers in the construction industry in the Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC metro areas are available on our website.

Based on recent estimates from the 2018-2022 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey, one in four individuals working in the construction industry across the United States are immigrants (25.0%). In the Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC metro areas, the percentage of immigrants working in the construction industry is above average; immigrants comprise over two-fifths (41.3%) of all construction workers.