Children of Immigrants

Economic Well-Being

Posted November 1, 2010
By the Urban Institute
Get the Full Report:
Download Report
AECF Children Of Immigrants Economic Well Being Cover


This data brief is the fourth in a series that profiles children of immigrants using up-to-date census data and other sources. It focuses on immigrant families’ incomes, well-being and use of specific benefits.

Many immigrant families demonstrate a high work effort. Despite this, income varies for different countries and regions of origins, but overall immigrant parents earn significantly less than native-born parents. This brief presents findings based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Community Survey.

Findings & Stats

Key Takeaway

Children of immigrants live in families with median incomes 20% lower than the family incomes of children of natives.

Children of immigrants are more likely than children with native-born parents to have family incomes below the federal poverty level.