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.
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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.