Married Parents Are Still the Norm for Kids in Immigrant Families

Posted March 8, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Married parents are still the norm for kids in Immigrant families

Chil­dren in immi­grant fam­i­lies are more like­ly to grow up in mar­ried-cou­ple house­holds when com­pared to their peers in U.S.-born families.

In 2016, 75% of kids in immi­grant fam­i­lies — 13.7 mil­lion chil­dren total — lived with their mar­ried par­ents. Just 62% of kids in U.S.-born fam­i­lies fit this statistic.

The per­cent­age of chil­dren grow­ing up in mar­ried-cou­ple house­holds varies by state. For kids in immi­grant fam­i­lies, this rate ranges from a high of 85% in Michi­gan and New Hamp­shire to a low of 70% in Flori­da and New Mex­i­co. The cor­re­spond­ing range for kids in U.S.-born fam­i­lies is wider — top­ping out at 82% in Utah and dip­ping to a low of 53% in Louisiana.

Gen­er­al­ly speak­ing, chil­dren raised in two-par­ent house­holds have few­er emo­tion­al and behav­ioral issues, bet­ter health out­comes and bet­ter access to health care than do chil­dren who grow up in sin­gle-par­ent families.

Access more fam­i­ly and com­mu­ni­ty data by fam­i­ly nativ­i­ty on the KIDS COUNT Data Center:

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