Statistical Snapshot: Kids in Immigrant Families in America Today

Posted March 15, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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One in four kids in Amer­i­ca — 18 mil­lion chil­dren total — hailed from an immi­grant fam­i­ly in 2014.

With­in this pop­u­la­tion, 24% of kids had par­ents with­out a high school degree and 21% lived in lin­guis­ti­cal­ly-iso­lat­ed house­holds. Both of these sta­tis­tics can place kids at a dis­ad­van­tage as they move into adulthood.

Kids in immi­grant fam­i­lies are more like­ly to grow up with mar­ried cou­ple par­ents (74% ver­sus 61% for their U.S.-born peers). At the same time, their par­ents are more like­ly to earn low­er wages, and their moth­ers are less like­ly to be employed. Just 47% of kids in immi­grant fam­i­lies have a moth­er who works com­pared to 58% of their U.S.-born counterparts.

Most kids in immi­grant fam­i­lies are U.S. cit­i­zens (90%) and their fam­i­lies have lived and worked in Amer­i­ca for more than five years (97%).

Children in immigrant families

Cal­i­for­nia (47%), Neva­da (37%) and New Jer­sey (36%) have the largest share of kids in immi­grant fam­i­lies, while West Vir­ginia (2%), Mis­sis­sip­pi (4%) and Mon­tana (5%) have the smallest.

Vis­it the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter for more state-lev­el and nation­al sta­tis­tics on kids in immi­grant fam­i­lies.

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