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State Demographics Data - ri

Rhode Island

Demographics & Social
2015
2000
1990
Demographics

Note: The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.

Foreign Born
Number 142,324
% Foreign Born 13.5%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2015 19.3%
% change: 1990-2000 25.4%
Race (%)  
One race 97.4%
White
43.2%
Black or African American
15.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5%
Asian
15.9%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
22.6%
Two or more races 2.6%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 57,992
% Latino 40.7%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.4%
5-17 5.1%
18-64 78.6%
65 and older 15.9%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS. 2) The letter N Indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

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Gender (% female) 50.7%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 28.1%
Married 52.4%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 19.4%

Note: The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.

U.S. Born
Number 913,974
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -1.6%
% change: 1990-2000 2.3%
Race (%)  
One race 96.4%
White 86.1%
Black or African American 4.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4%
Asian 1.4%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 3.6%
Two or more races 3.6%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 94,093
% Latino 10.3%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 5.9%
5-17 16.4%
18-64 61.5%
65 and older 16.2%
Median Age 38.5
Gender (% female) 51.7%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 38.6%
Married 42.0%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 19.4%
Foreign Born
Number 119,277
% Foreign Born 11.4%
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U.S. Born
Number 929,042
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Foreign Born
Number 95,088
% Foreign Born 9.5%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Number 908,376
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Place of Birth Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at sea)

Note: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.

142,324
Born in Africa 17,882
Born in Asia 27,243
Born in Europe 31,153
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 62,369
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 3,415
Born in Oceania 262
Top 3 Countries of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year. The estimate for China excludes Taiwan.

 
Country #1 Portugal
Country #2 Colombia
Country #3 China (exc. Taiwan)
Detailed Region/Country of Birth

Note: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.

142,324
Europe 31,153
Northern Europe 4,139
United Kingdom
2,879
Ireland
868
Other Northern Europe
392
Western Europe 3,044
France
542
Germany
2,127
Other Western Europe
375
Southern Europe 20,615
Italy
2,140
Portugal
17,670
Other Southern Europe
805
Eastern Europe 3,355
Poland
1,014
Russia
613
Other Eastern Europe
1,728
Other Europe (no country specified) 0
Asia 27,243
Eastern Asia 8,830
China
7,680

China, excluding Taiwan

6,754

Taiwan

926
Japan
411
Korea
739
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 7,256
India
5,188
Iran
518
Other South Central Asia
1,550
Southeastern Asia 8,298
Philippines
2,441
Vietnam
1,319
Other Southeastern Asia
4,538
Western Asia 2,755
Israel
46
Lebanon
262
Other Western Asia
2,447
Other Asia (no country specified) 104
Africa 17,882
Eastern Africa 556
Northern Africa
585
Western Africa
13,610
Middle and Southern Africa
675
Other Africa (no country specified)
2,456
Oceania 262
Australia and New Zealand subregion 262
Oceania (no country specified) 0
Americas 65,784
Latin America 62,369
Caribbean
30,055

Cuba

138

Jamaica

1,643

Other Caribbean

28,274
Central America
20,532

Mexico

2,533

El Salvador

2,415

Other Central America

15,584
South America
11,782

Brazil

905

Colombia

5,450

Other South America

5,427
Northern America 3,415
Canada
3,244
Other Northern America
171
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 53,606
1990-1999 32,707
2000-2009 31,913
Since 2010 24,098
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 12.6%
Born in Asia 19.1%
Born in Europe 21.9%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 43.8%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2.4%
Born in Oceania 0.2%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 11.4%
Country #2 3.7%
Country #3 3.2%
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 21.9%
Northern Europe 2.9%
United Kingdom 2.0%
Ireland 0.6%
Other Northern Europe 0.3%
Western Europe 2.1%
France 0.4%
Germany 1.5%
Other Western Europe 0.3%
Southern Europe 14.5%
Italy 1.5%
Portugal 12.4%
Other Southern Europe 0.6%
Eastern Europe 2.4%
Poland 0.7%
Russia 0.4%
Other Eastern Europe 1.2%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 19.1%
Eastern Asia 6.2%
China 5.4%
China, excluding Taiwan 4.7%
Taiwan 0.7%
Japan 0.3%
Korea 0.5%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 5.1%
India 3.6%
Iran 0.4%
Other South Central Asia 1.1%
Southeastern Asia 5.8%
Philippines 1.7%
Vietnam 0.9%
Other Southeastern Asia 3.2%
Western Asia 1.9%
Israel 0.0%
Lebanon 0.2%
Other Western Asia 1.7%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.1%
Africa 12.6%
Eastern Africa 0.4%
Northern Africa 0.4%
Western Africa 9.6%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.5%
Other Africa (no country specified) 1.7%
Oceania 0.2%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.2%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.0%
Americas 46.2%
Latin America 43.8%
Caribbean 21.1%
Cuba 0.1%
Jamaica 1.2%
Other Caribbean 19.9%
Central America 14.4%
Mexico 1.8%
El Salvador 1.7%
Other Central America 10.9%
South America 8.3%
Brazil 0.6%
Colombia 3.8%
Other South America 3.8%
Northern America 2.4%
Canada 2.3%
Other Northern America 0.1%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 37.7%
1980-1989 23.0%
1990-1999 22.4%
Since 2000 16.9%
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 119,277
Born in Africa 12,066
Born in Asia 19,578
Born in Europe 39,221
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 43,892
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 4,123
Cat28 397
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Portugal
Country #2 Dominican Republic
Country #3 Guatemala
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 10.1%
Born in Asia 16.4%
Born in Europe 32.9%
Born in Latin America 36.8%
Born in Northern America 3.5%
Born in Oceania 0.3%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 17.6%
Country #2 13.7%
Country #3 7.6%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 91,061
Born in Africa 6,420
Born in Asia 14,340
Born in Europe 43,466
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 20,307
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 6,247
Cat21 281
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Portugal
Country #2 Canada
Country #3 Dominican Republic
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 7.1%
Born in Asia 15.7%
Born in Europe 47.7%
Born in Latin America 22.3%
Born in Northern America 6.9%
Born in Oceania 0.3%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 24.6%
Country #2 6.2%
Country #3 6.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 142,324
Naturalized citizens 77,381
Noncitizens 64,943
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 77,381
Before 1980 11,385
1980-1989 9,899
1990-1999 16,778
2000-2009 21,385
Since 2010 17,934
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 54.4%
Noncitizens 45.6%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 14.7%
1980-1989 12.8%
1990-1999 21.7%
2000-2009 27.6%
Since 2010 23.2%
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 119,277
Naturalized citizens 56,184
Noncitizens 63,093
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 47.1%
Noncitizens 52.9%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 95,088
Naturalized citizens 42,670
Noncitizens 52,418
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 44.9%
Noncitizens 55.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fertility Foreign Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 40,498
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 3,113
% married among women who gave birth
70.5%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
29.5%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 213,093
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 10,707
% married among women who gave birth 51.7%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 48.3%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS. 2) The letter N indicates that a number could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.

Foreign Born
Average household size 2.92
Average family size 3.53
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.41
Average family size 3.09
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
 
Population
Population
Population
Children under 18 Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.

 
Children under age 18 with 203,423
Only native parent(s)
152,593
One or more foreign-born parents
50,830

Child is native

44,773

Child is foreign born

6,057
Children under age 6 with 64,150
Only native parent(s)
48,231
One or more foreign-born parents
15,919

Child is native

14,963

Child is foreign born

956
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 139,273
Only native parent(s)
104,362
One or more foreign-born parents
34,911

Child is native

29,810

Child is foreign born

5,101
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years. The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

75,952
Only native parents 51,134
One or more foreign-born parents 24,818
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 75.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 25.0%
Child is native 22.0%
Child is foreign born 3.0%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 75.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 24.8%
Child is native 23.3%
Child is foreign born 1.5%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 74.9%
One or more foreign-born parents 25.1%
Child is native 21.4%
Child is foreign born 3.7%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 67.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 32.7%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 238,583
Only native parent(s) 187,574
One or more foreign-born parents 51,009
Child is native 41,886
Child is foreign born 9,123
Children under age 6 with 73,675
Only native parent(s) 57,988
One or more foreign-born parents 15,687
Child is native 14,858
Child is foreign born 829
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 164,908
Only native parent(s) 129,586
One or more foreign-born parents 35,322
Child is native 27,028
Child is foreign born 8,294
Children in Low-Income Families* 81,470
Only native parents 56,254
One or more foreign-born parents 25,216
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 78.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 21.4%
Child is native 17.6%
Child is foreign born 3.8%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 78.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 21.3%
Child is native 20.2%
Child is foreign born 1.1%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 78.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 21.4%
Child is native 16.4%
Child is foreign born 5.0%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 69.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 31.0%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 221,991
Only native parent(s) 181,878
One or more foreign-born parents 40,113
Child is native 30,537
Child is foreign born 9,576
Children under age 6 with 81,291
Only native parent(s) 67,414
One or more foreign-born parents 13,877
Child is native 12,462
Child is foreign born 1,415
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 140,700
Only native parent(s) 114,464
One or more foreign-born parents 26,236
Child is native 18,075
Child is foreign born 8,161
Children in Low-Income Families* 68,884
Only native parents 51,639
One or more foreign-born parents 17,245
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 81.9%
One or more foreign-born parents 18.1%
Child is native 13.8%
Child is foreign born 4.3%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 82.9%
One or more foreign-born parents 17.1%
Child is native 15.3%
Child is foreign born 1.7%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 81.4%
One or more foreign-born parents 18.6%
Child is native 12.8%
Child is foreign born 5.8%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 75.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 25.0%

Sources: Migration Policy Institute tabulations of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2015 data are from the one-year ACS file. For information about ACS definitions, methodology, sampling error, and nonsampling error, click here. Estimates from 1990 and 2000 Decennial Census data as well as ACS microdata are from Steven Ruggles, Matthew Sobek, Trent Alexander, Catherine A. Fitch, Ronald Goeken, Patricia Kelly Hall, Miriam King, and Chad Ronnander, "Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 4.0" (Machine-readable database, Minnesota Population Center [producer and distributor], 2011).

Definitions

  • The term "foreign born" refers to people residing in the United States at the time of the population survey who were not U.S. citizens at birth. The foreign-born population includes naturalized U.S. citizens, lawful permanent immigrants (or green-card holders), refugees and asylees, certain legal nonimmigrants (including those on student, work, or some other temporary visas), and persons residing in the country without authorization.
  • The term "U.S. born" refers to people residing in the United States who were U.S. citizens in one of three categories: people born in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia; people born in U.S. Insular Areas such as Puerto Rico or Guam; or people who were born abroad to at least one U.S. citizen parent.
  • The term "low-income families" refers to families with annual incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty threshold.

Data-related notes

  • The letter N indicates that an estimate could not be provided by the Census Bureau because the number of sample cases was too small for this state.
  • For “Median Age” and “Household Size”: Data for Alaska, Maine, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2015 ACS.
  • Region of birth: For 1990, 2000, and current ACS year, the total for the region of birth of the foreign born is different from the total foreign born. This is because the 1990 total excludes those who did not report a country of birth and those born at sea, while the 2000 census and the current ACS year totals exclude those born at sea.
  • Countries of birth: These are the largest countries of birth reported by the Census Bureau. Some countries are only listed as part of a larger geographic region. For example, those born in Somalia are included only among those born in Eastern Africa. Therefore, a few states may have larger populations of foreign-born persons born in countries not listed individually in census data. For each of the three years, countries of birth reflect geographic boundaries as of that year.
  • Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau is excluding children of same-sex married couples from the total number of children. This means that the total number of children may be smaller than in previous years.
  • Children of immigrants: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. These figures do not include children under age 18 who reside in a home with no parents.