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Characteristics of the U.S. foreign-born population: 2016

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There were a record 43.7 million immigrants living in the U.S. in 2016, making up 13.5% of the nation’s population. This represents a more than fourfold increase since 1960, when only 9.7 million immigrants lived in the U.S., accounting for just 5.4% of the total U.S. population. Click on the expand buttons below the summary tables to see detailed tables for each.

To find more context on the figures below, visit the blog posts “Key findings about U.S. immigrants” and “Education levels of U.S. immigrants are on the rise,” and for a downloadable version of the tables below, see the PDF and the Excel workbook. For a profile of the Hispanic population in the United States, click here.

Population, region of birth, nativity and years in the U.S.

Population (#) 43,681,654
Born in Mexico 26.5%
Citizen 48.7%

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Race

White alone, not Hispanic 18.1%

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Language use

Speaking English at least very well (ages 5 and older) 51.0%

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Age and gender

Median age (in years) 44
Female 51.5%

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Marital status and fertility

Married (ages 18 and older) 60.3%
Women ages 15-44 giving birth in past year 7.4%

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Educational attainment and enrollment (highest degree completed, ages 25 and older)

High school graduate or less 51.3%
Two-year degree/Some college 18.7%
Bachelor’s degree or more 30.0%

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Work (ages 16 and older)

In labor force (among civilian population) 66.1%

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Earnings and income (ages 16 and older)

Median annual personal earnings (in 2016 dollars, among those with earnings) $30,000
Median annual household income (in 2016 dollars) $53,200

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Poverty and health insurance

Living in poverty 19.7%
Uninsured 20.4%

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Homeownership and household characteristics

In family households 82.3%

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Region and top five states of residence

West 34.5%
California 24.5%
South 33.0%
Texas 10.8%
Florida 9.7%
Northeast 21.4%
New York 10.4%
New Jersey 4.6%
Midwest 11.1%

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Source: Pew Research Center tabulations of 2016 American Community Survey (1% IPUMS).
“Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2016”