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Friday, 11th May 2012

Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 2010

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

From the press release:

The U.S. Census Bureau reported today that foreign-born households are, on average, larger than native households, have more children under age 18, and are more likely to be multigenerational.

The average size of foreign-born households (3.4 people) was larger than that of native-born households (2.5 people). About 62 percent of foreign-born family households included children under 18, compared with 47 percent of native-born households. Multigenerational households, with three or more generations living together, were more common among foreign-born (10 percent) than native-born (5 percent) family households. ...

These data come from The Foreign-Born Population in the United States: 2010, a new report about the characteristics of the nation's foreign-born population from the 2010 American Community Survey (ACS). ...

"There is considerable variation among the different foreign-born groups in household type and composition,” said Elizabeth M. Grieco, chief of the Census Bureau's Foreign-Born Population Branch and one of the authors of the report. "This diversity is also seen in the other demographic, social and economic characteristics covered in this report."

+ Link to full report (PDF; 2.18 MB)



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