Monday, January 28, 2008

2006 ACS Data Tool: Demographic & Social Characteristics

The Migration Policy Institute's 2006 American Community Survey data are here! It updates fact sheets on the foreign born residing in each state and the nation overall. Simply go to the 2006 ACS/Census Data tool, select a state, and then choose the "demographic and social characteristics" fact sheet.   In the upcoming months, the other three fact sheets on the foreign born -- language and education, workforce, and income and poverty -- will also be updated with the 2006 data.   The “Demographic and Social Characteristics” fact sheets will allow you to find out the following stats about the foreign born (i.e., persons with no US citizenship at birth):

* One in eight persons residing in the United States in 2006 was foreign born. At the state level, the share of the foreign born in the state population ranged from a high of one in four in California to a low of one in 83 in West Virginia in 2006.

* Of the 37.5 million foreign born, a quarter arrived in 2000 or later.

* Individuals born in Latin America accounted for 54 percent of all foreign born compared to 44 percent in 1990. The share of European born dropped from 23 percent in 1990 to 13 percent in 2006 while the share of Asian born remained the same (26 percent).

* Foreign-born children under age 17 accounted for nearly 7 percent of all children in the United States. This share was higher in California (11 percent) but much lower in Mississippi (0.9 percent).

* Foreign-born adults of working age (18 to 54) accounted for 30 percent of all working-age adults at the national level, but they represented 62 percent of working-age adults in California, 48 percent in Nevada and New York, and less than 5 percent in Montana and West Virginia.

* In the United States, 48 percent of the foreign born reported Hispanic or Latino origin, compared to 10 percent of the native born.


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