March 15, 2016

Statistical Snapshot: Kids in Immigrant Families in America Today

One in four kids in America — 18 million children total — hailed from an immigrant family in 2014.

Within this population, 24% of kids had parents without a high school degree and 21% lived in linguistically-isolated households. Both of these statistics can place kids at a disadvantage as they move into adulthood.

Kids in immigrant families are more likely to grow up with married couple parents (74% versus just 61% for their U.S.-born peers). At the same time, their parents are more likely to earn lower wages, and their mothers are less likely to be employed. Just 47% of kids in immigrant families have a mother who works compared to 58% of their U.S.-born peers.

Most kids in immigrant families are U.S. citizens (90%) and their families have lived and worked in America for more than five years (97%).

Children in immigrant families

California (47%), Nevada (37%) and New Jersey (36%) have the largest share of kids in immigrant families, while West Virginia (2%), Mississippi (4%) and Montana (5%) have the smallest.

Visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center for more state-level and national statistics on kids in immigrant families: