Percent of children in immigrant families in Hawaii

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Why This Indicator Matters

The number and share of children in immigrant families have increased rapidly since 1990.1 Children of immigrants are more likely to be low-income and experience economic hardship, and more likely to have parents with low educational attainment than native born children. The challenges they face may often be compounded by language barriers, citizenship issues, and discrimination.2
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Definitions: Percent of children with at least one parent who is foreign born

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, Various Years, Table B05009: AGE AND NATIVITY OF OWN CHILDREN UNDER 18 YEARS IN FAMILIES AND SUBFAMILIES BY NUMBER AND NATIVITY OF PARENTS - Universe: Own children under 18 years in families and subfamilies.


1 Hernandez, Donald, Nancy Denton, and Suzanne E. Macartney. 2008. “Children in Immigrant Families: Looking to America’s Future.” Social Policy Report: Giving Child and Youth Development Knowledge Away 22(3). Society for Research in Child Development.  
2 Reardon-Anderson, Jane, Randy Capps, and Michael Fix. 2002. “The Health and Well-Being of Children in Immigrant Families. New Federalism: National Survey of America’s Families Series B (52). The Urban Institute.

Percent of children in immigrant families.