One-Fourth of Kids in Immigrant Families Are Living in Poverty

Posted February 3, 2017
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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In 2015, one in four chil­dren lived in immi­grant fam­i­lies in the Unit­ed States. These chil­dren are more like­ly to live in pover­ty than their peers from U.S.-born fam­i­lies, accord­ing to the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Sta­tis­ti­cal­ly speak­ing: 25% of chil­dren in immi­grant fam­i­lies live in pover­ty, where­as 19% of chil­dren in U.S.-born fam­i­lies do. Pover­ty rates for these chil­dren ranged from a low of 11% in New Hamp­shire to a high of 35% in Alaba­ma and Arizona.

Liv­ing in pover­ty — for kids in U.S.-born and immi­grant fam­i­lies alike — can have a wide range of neg­a­tive effects on a child’s phys­i­cal health, men­tal well-being and aca­d­e­m­ic success.

Explore more fam­i­ly nativ­i­ty data — at the state and nation­al lev­el — in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Chil­dren in immi­grant families
Chil­dren liv­ing below the pover­ty thresh­old by fam­i­ly nativity
Chil­dren whose par­ents all have less than a high school degree by fam­i­ly nativity

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