This brief presents trends about children of immigrants, including links to race, poverty and education. Brief 17 – based on data from the 2007 and 2008 American Community Surveys – updates; Brief 9, “Children of Immigrants: National and State Characteristics,” which looked at children of immigrants as of 2005-06. 

September 12, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Statistics that describe how immigration flows affect what we know about children of immigrants.

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    Known and new locations where immigrant populations are most heavily concentrated.

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    Changing trends in the origins of immigrant children.

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    Education levels of the parents of immigrant children.

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    Poverty rates of immigrant children by state.

Key Takeaway

There are more Immigrant Children in Poverty

Children of immigrants account for 29% of poor children and 30% of low-income children in the United States. Additionally, about half of children of immigrants live in low-income families, compared with 35% of native-born children – which, in turn, adversely affects other characteristics of these children, including their educational opportunities. 

Share of Children of Immigrants Age 0–17 in Poor and Near-Poor Families, 10 States with Highest Poverty Rates, 2007–08

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations