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Chinese Immigrants in the United States [6 May 2010]

By Aaron Terrazas, Jeanne Batalova, Migration Policy Institute



May 2010


The United States is home to about 1.6 million Chinese immigrants (including those born in Hong Kong), making them the fourth-largest immigrant group in the United States after Mexican, Filipino, and Indian immigrants.


Although Chinese immigration to the United States dates back to the 19th century, the Chinese immigrant population grew rapidly during the 1990s and 2000s. Today there are almost as many native-born US citizens who claim Chinese ancestry as there are Chinese immigrants.


Chinese immigrants are heavily concentrated in California and New York (for more information on immigrants by state, please see the ACS/Census Data tool on the MPI Data Hub). Compared to other immigrant groups, the Chinese foreign born are better educated and less likely to live in poverty than the immigrant population overall, but Chinese immigrant men are less likely to participate in the labor force than other immigrant men.


This spotlight focuses on Chinese immigrants residing in the United States, examining the population's size, geographic distribution, and socioeconomic characteristics using data from the US Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey (ACS) and 2000 Decennial Census, and the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) for 2008 and 2009.


ACS data includes immigrants born in mainland China and Hong Kong but not Taiwan. Data from OIS includes only immigrants born in mainland China. However, immigrants from mainland China account for 86.6 percent of all immigrants from China and Hong Kong so the difference is small.


AND MUCH MORE...including MAPS and TABLES....


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