WASHINGTON (AP) - Maryland and Virginia are among the nation’s top 10 states with newly naturalized U.S. citizens. According to a report by the Department of Homeland Security, nearly 30,000 people became citizens last year in Virginia, which ranked seventh in the top 10. Maryland landed in 10th place, with 23,000 naturalized citizens. Almost 4 percent of all residents who became citizens last year lived in the Washington area, the report said. The region ranked fifth among metropolitan areas with the most foreign nationals who became citizens. Nationally, naturalizations grew from about 660,000 in 2007 to more than 1 million in 2008, a 58 percent increase. The report says that in 2008, California had the most naturalizations with 300,000. Wyoming had the least, with 245.
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