Latino Children: A Majority Are U.S.-Born Offspring of Immigrants

Latino Children: A Majority Are U.S.-Born Offspring of Immigrants

According to a recent report from the Pew Hispanic Center, Hispanics now comprise 22 percent of all children under the age of 18 in the United States — up from 9 percent in 1980. The report, Latino Children: A Majority Are U.S.-Born Offspring of Immigrants (17 pages, PDF), found that the number of second-generation Hispanic children — i.e., the U.S.-born sons or daughters of at least one foreign-born parent — has increased from about 30 percent in 1980 to 52 percent today, while the number of third-generation or higher Hispanic children has fallen from 60 percent to 37 percent. Based on an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the report also found that first- and second-generation Hispanic children were less likely than third- or higher-generation children to be fluent in English and more likely to live in poverty.