Immigrant Families More Likely to Be Burdened by High Housing Costs

Posted March 17, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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In 2014, near­ly half of all kids in immi­grant fam­i­lies lived in house­holds that spent more than 30% of their income on housing.

In com­par­i­son, just 32% of kids in U.S.-born fam­i­lies lived in house­holds with a sim­i­lar­ly high hous­ing burden.

Here’s why this dis­par­i­ty mat­ters: Immi­grant fam­i­lies are more like­ly to earn low­er wages com­pared to their U.S.-born col­leagues. Pay­ing more for hous­ing — while bring­ing home small­er pay­checks — puts immi­grant fam­i­lies at a dis­tinct dis­ad­van­tage. They face a tougher road to finan­cial sta­bil­i­ty and often strug­gle to cov­er basic expenses.

It’s not sur­pris­ing, then, that immi­grant fam­i­lies are three times more like­ly to live in crowd­ed hous­ing and also less like­ly than to achieve home­own­er­ship than their Amer­i­can-born coun­ter­parts. In 2014, 51% of kids in immi­grant fam­i­lies lived in homes that were owned while 61% of their native-born peers shared this hous­ing status.

Vis­it the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter for more hous­ing data at the state and nation­al level.

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