Children of Immigrants
How many American children have at least one foreign-born parent?
Children are defined by the American Community Survey as residents 17 or younger.
Among children of immigrants, how many were born on U.S. soil?
Such children are not counted among the foreign-born population. Like anyone born in the United States, they are U.S. citizens, per the Constitution's Fourteenth Amendment: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
How do families vary among children of immigrants?
The American Community Survey breaks down children of immigrants by the nativity of their parents—that is, whether their parents were born in the United States or in a foreign country, as well as how many parents the child lives with. Nationally, about half of children of immigrants live with two immigrant parents. About a quarter live with one foreign-born and one U.S.-born parent. The remaining quarter live with only one parent.
About the Data
Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates, Table B05009. LiveStories calculated the total number of children with foreign-born parents across age ranges, as well as the percentage breakdowns of that population shown here.