March 8, 2018
More Than Half of Kids in Immigrant Families Lived in Low-Income Households in 2016
Compared to kids in U.S.-born families, kids in immigrant families are more likely to grow up in low-income households. They are also more likely to have parents who work full-time year-round.
In 2016, 51% of kids in immigrant families and 38% of kids in U.S.-born families lived in low-income households. The median family income between the two groups also varied, with kids in immigrant families growing up in households earning $13,700 less.
Two obstacles — limitations in education and language — could be blocking parents in immigrant families from accessing better paying jobs. Among children in these families:
- 55% lived with a parent who had difficulty speaking English; and
- 23% lived in a household where both parents had less than a high school degree.
Nearly all (96%) of kids in immigrant families live with parents who have contributed to the nation’s economy for more than five years. Supporting these families — and ensuring that they have access to quality education, training and language learning opportunities — can help immigrant parents boost both their household earnings and their contributions to the nation’s economy.
- Children whose parents all have less than a high school degree by family nativity
- Children in immigrant families in which resident parents have difficulty speaking English
- Children in immigrant families in which resident parents have been in the country five years or less
- Children living below poverty threshold by family nativity
- Children below 200% of the poverty threshold by family nativity
- Children living without secure parental employment by family nativity
- Children with all available parents not in the labor force by family nativity
- Children with all available parents in the labor force by family nativity
- Children living in low-income working families by family nativity
- Median family income among households with children by family nativity