Most Children in Immigrant Families are Citizens

Posted January 16, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

In 2011, 17.5 mil­lion chil­dren lived in immi­grant fam­i­lies, a 26% increase from the last decade. Of these chil­dren, 88% are U.S. cit­i­zens. Among all chil­dren liv­ing in immi­grant fam­i­lies, 26% have par­ents with­out a high school degree and 23% live in lin­guis­ti­cal­ly iso­lat­ed house­holds, both pre­dic­tors of poor out­comes. Cal­i­for­nia 48%, Neva­da 38% and New Jer­sey 35% have the largest share of chil­dren in immi­grant fam­i­lies, while West Vir­ginia 3%, Mon­tana 4% and Mis­sis­sip­pi 4% have the lowest.

Percentage of Children in Immigrant Families (2011)

See the Demo­graph­ic and Edu­ca­tion sec­tions of the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter for data on chil­dren in immi­grant fam­i­lies for the nation, states and 50 largest cities:

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