TABLE 2.8 Household and Family Type of Immigrants Who Arrived 1980-1990 and of U.S. Population, 1990 (percentage of all households)

Type of Household

1980-1990 Immigrants

United States Total

Nonfamily households

21.0

29.8

Family households, total

79.0

70.2

With own children under 18

52.1

33.6

With own children under 6

19.6

15.5

Type of family

Married-couple families

59.2

55.1

With own children under 18

41.7

25.6

With own children under 6

16.1

12.4

Family with female householder, no husband present, total

10.8

11.6

With own children under 18

7.2

6.6

With own children under 6

2.0

2.6

Family with male householder, no wife present

9.0

3.4

 

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (1993:Foreign-Born Population of United States, Table 2; General Population Characteristics, Table 36).

TABLE 2.9 Children Ever Born to Female Immigrants Who Arrived in 1980-1990 and U.S. Women, by Age of Mother (children born per 1,000 women)

Age of Mother

1980-1990 Immigrants

All U.S. Women

15-24

404

305

25-34

1,361

1,330

35-44

2,200

1,960

 

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census (1993:Foreign Born Population of the United States, Table 1; Social and Economic Characteristics of the Population, Table 16).

Geography

Immigrants have always moved to relatively few places, settling where they have family or friends, or where there are people from their ancestral country or community—in short, with people with similar backgrounds and nationalities. This phenomenon, observed in earlier waves of immigrants, characterizes the first decades after arrival in the United States; thereafter, their children may dis-



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