Defining the American Dream

1 in 5 Americans Have Close Ties Elsewhere

Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010

Nearly one in five Americans are either immigrants or were born in the United States to at least one parent from abroad, the Census Bureau said Tuesday. The second generation was more likely to be better educated and earn more and less likely to be living in poverty. “This suggests that the children of immigrants are continuing to assimilate over time as they have in past generations,” said Elizabeth M. Grieco, chief of the bureau’s Foreign-Born Population Branch. The bureau said that in 2009, 12 percent of the population, or 36.7 million people, were immigrants and that 11 percent, or 33 million, were the children of at least one immigrant parent. Among the foreign born, 29 percent had a bachelor’s degree and 31 percent earned more than $50,000. Among the second generation, 33 percent had a bachelor’s degree and 42 percent made more than $50,000.
NYTBy SAM ROBERTS


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