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.

November 1, 2010

Children in Immigrant Families Fact Sheet Series

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    About immigrant families' incomes.

  2. 2

    About the economic well-being of immigrant families.

  3. 3

    The extent to which immigrant families utilize public benefits.

  4. 4

    How the country or region of origin relates to economic well-being for immigrant families.

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.

Findings & Stats