Visualizing Trends for Children of Immigrants

This feature was originally published in February 2016 and was updated in December 2017 with new data from the 2015 American Community Survey.

A growing number of children in the United States are born to immigrant parents. In 2015, children of immigrants accounted for nearly one-quarter of all US children. In fact, because the number of children with native-born parents has dropped, the increase in the number of children of immigrants is responsible for all population growth among US children from 2006 to 2015.

For this reason, up-to-date information about children of immigrants and the social policies that affect them is essential. Understanding the characteristics of children of immigrants, as well as their state- and metro-level demographic trends, is vital when considering policies that affect children and families.

On this page, you’ll find maps and charts that use data from the American Community Survey to break down who these children of immigrants are and how their demographics have changed over the years. With the exception of the first category, which maps children of immigrants as a share of all children, the maps display the share of children of immigrants who fall into a certain category. (For instance, the “English proficiency of parents” tab maps the percentage of children of immigrants whose parents are proficient in English.)


Major metro areas