Nearly one in five Americans is immigrant, or has family ties with them

Second generation less likely to live in poverty 27th October 2010: America is full of immigrants, literally.
The Census Bureau has asserted nearly one in five Americans are either immigrants, or were born in the United States to at least one parent from abroad.

Statistically speaking, in 2009 12 per cent of the population, or 36.7 million people, were immigrants. In all, 11 per cent, or 33 million, were the children of at least one immigrant parent.

Elaborating, the Bureau said among the foreign born, 29 per cent had a bachelor’s degree and 31 per cent earned more than $50,000.
Among the second generation, 33 per cent had a bachelor’s degree and 42 per cent made more than $50,000.

As such, it was apparent that their second generation was less likely to live in poverty; was expected to be better educated and earning more.

Chief of the Bureau’s Foreign-Born Population Branch Elizabeth M. Grieco said this suggested the children of immigrants were continuing to assimilate over time as they have in past generations.

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