116 years ago on April 17th, 1907
Ellis Island sets a daily record for most immigrants processed in one day at 11,747 people
This was also the busiest year for Ellis Island, with over 1 million immigrants received in 1907. Although New York was just serving as a port of entry, many of those who immigrated to the United States made New York City their new home, weaving together the city's multicultural heritage. Today, 36% of the city's population is foreign-born, with Queens being one of the most ethnically-diverse areas in the United States, and more than 800 languages are spoken citywide, making New York City the most linguistically-diverse city in the world.