Census Bureau Reports Foreign-Born Households are Larger, Include More Children and Grandparents
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The average size of foreign-born households (3.4 people) was larger than that of native-born households (2.5 people). About 62 percent of foreign-born family households included children under 18, compared with 47 percent of native-born households. Multigenerational households, with three or more generations living together, were more common among foreign-born (10 percent) than native-born (5 percent) family households.
Among the regions of birth, family households with a householder born in
A family household consists of a householder and one or more people living together who are related to the householder by birth, marriage or adoption. About 77 percent of foreign-born households were family households, compared with 65 percent of native-born households.
These data come from The Foreign-Born Population in
"There is considerable variation among the different foreign-born groups in household type and composition," said
A sampling of findings from the report includes:
In 2010, the foreign-born population reached about 40 million and represented 13 percent of the nation.
Period of Entry and Naturalization
About two-thirds (62 percent) of foreign-born residents came to live in
In 2010, 44 percent of all foreign-born residents were naturalized citizens. Foreign-born residents from
Of all foreign-born residents who arrived before 1980, 80 percent were U.S. citizens in 2010.
While foreign-born residents resided in every state, more than half lived in just four states:
Marital Status and Fertility
In 2010, 58 percent of foreign-born residents 15 and older were married, while 26 percent were never married. Native-born residents were less likely to be married (47 percent) and more likely to never have been married (33 percent). Among the regions of birth, foreign-born residents from
Foreign-born women had a higher fertility rate than native-born women. About 70 of every 1,000 foreign-born women age 15 to 50 had given birth in the 12 months prior to the survey, compared with 52 of every 1,000 native-born women in the same age group. Women age 15 to 50 from
Income, Poverty, and
The median household income of foreign-born households in the year prior to the survey was
About 66 percent of the foreign-born population had health insurance coverage in 2010 compared with 87 percent of the native-born population. Among those with health insurance,
75 percent of the foreign-born and 78 percent of the native-born were covered by a private health insurance provider.
Additional Foreign-Born Reports
In addition to the report released today, the
Editor's note: The report can be accessed at http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/acs-19.pdf