Today's second generation: evidence from the 1990 US Census

Leif Jensen, Y. Chitose

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The prospects for today's US second generation will be considerably shaped by their current social, economic and demographic status. This article provides a statistical portrait of children of immigrants by analyzing data from the 1990 US Census of Population and Housing. With the second generation defined as children under age 18 with at least one foreign-born parent, the study describes place of residence; household demographic, social and economic circumstances; household head's socioeconomic status; and characteristics of children themselves. Data on second-generation children are broken down by year of immigration of parents and child's nativity. Data for children with native-born parents are provided for comparison. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)714-735
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Migration Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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