This brief presents trends about children of immigrants, including links to race, poverty and education. Brief 17 – based on data from the 2007 and 2008 American Community Surveys – updates; Brief 9, “Children of Immigrants: National and State Characteristics,” which looked at children of immigrants as of 2005-06.
Nationally, 56% of children of immigrants are Hispanic.
More than half of children of immigrants nationally have one or two English Language Learner parents.
Half of California Kids
In 2008, children of immigrants accounted for half of the children in California.
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Growth in immigration during the 1990s and afterward resulted in a larger number of children in immigrant families. Between 1990 and 2008, the share of U.S. children with immigrant parents increased from 13% to 23%.
Immigrant populations are still heavily concentrated in the six traditional immigrant destination states. California, New York, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and New Jersey account for 65% of children of immigrants in 2008. Their share has fallen, however, from 73% in 1990, as immigrants increasingly settle in nontraditional states.
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