This brief updates perspectives brief 9 "Children of Immigrants: National and State Characteristics," which profiled children of immigrants as of 2005–06. The current brief presents data highlights for the 50 states and the District of Columbia from the 2007 and 2008 American Community Surveys. The statistics in this brief and other indicators on children can be obtained on the Urban Institute’s Children of Immigrants Data Tool web site.
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Immigration Flows and Population Momentum Contribute to Rising Numbers of Children of Immigrants
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- Growth in immigration during the 1990s and
afterward resulted in a larger number of children
in immigrant families. Between 1990 and
2008, the share of U.S. children with immigrant
parents increased from 13 percent to
23 percent. In 2008, 16.5 million children
age 0 to 17 had at least one immigrant parent,
a 5 percent increase from 15.7 million in
2005?06 and a twofold increase from 8.3 million
- Most of the growth in the number of U.S.
children age 0 to 17 from 1990 to 2007 comes
from children of immigrants. The number of
children in native families increased by 2.1
million, while the number of children with at
least one immigrant parent grew by 8.1 million,
accounting for 77 percent of the increase
in children in the United States (Fortuny and
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