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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