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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | May 17, 2012

Half of CA Kids Live with at Least One Immigrant Parent

The fastest-growing segment of the United States child population is children living with immigrant parents. In California in 2010, half of all the state’s children under age 18 lived with at least one parent who was born outside the country, according to American Community Survey data just posted on

Among California’s most populous counties, Santa Clara and Los Angeles had the highest percentages of children with foreign-born parents (61-62%), while San Luis Obispo had the lowest (18%).

California has the highest proportion of foreign-born residents in the United States. Although the health and economic status of children living with foreign-born parents varies widely, they are more likely than other children to have household incomes below the Federal Poverty Level, to have parents with low educational attainment, to live in language-isolated households, and to be in fair or poor physical health. More context and related research/websites>>

Foreign-born children made up only a small percentage of the state’s child population, according to 2010 data. Just 2% of California children ages 0-4, and 8% of those ages 5-17, were born outside the country.

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The percent of California children living with foreign-born parents remained steady from 2006 to 2010, hovering around 50%. Mascots is a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation of Children's Health, which uses data to promote the health and well being of children.
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