Children, ages 0-17, living with foreign-born parents

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Why This Indicator Matters

While a significant percentage of New Mexico children live with foreign-born parents, the vast majority of the children are, themselves, native-born.  Native-born is defined as those born within the U.S. or a U.S. territory and those born abroad to at least one American parent. Nativity should not be confused with immigration status or citizenship status. While all who are native-born are U.S. citizens, those who are foreign-born can be immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens. Families can have mixed nativity and immigration/citizenship status, meaning some members were U.S.-born and are citizens, and some members were foreign-born and are immigrants or citizens.

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Definitions: The percentage of children ages 0-17 living in their own families, in which one or both parents are foreign-born.

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-year estimates, Tables B05009 and B01001.

Footnotes: The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of children ages 0-17 living in their own families, in which one or both parents are foreign-born, by the total number of children under 18 years of age.
County-level data are available by request.
Updated October September 2017.