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State Demographics Data - RI

Rhode Island

Demographics & Social
2018
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 139,063
% Foreign Born 13.2%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2018 16.6%
% change: 1990-2000 25.4%
Race (%)  
One race 98.2%
White
46.3%
Black or African American
16.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5%
Asian
16.5%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
18.6%
Two or more races 1.8%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 56,165
% Latino 40.4%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.1%
5-17 4.4%
18-64 77.3%
65 and older 17.3%
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 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 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) 51.4%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 27.5%
Married 52.9%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 19.5%

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 918,252
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -1.2%
% change: 1990-2000 2.3%
Race (%)  
One race 96.7%
White 85.9%
Black or African American 5.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4%
Asian 1.4%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 3.7%
Two or more races 3.3%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 112,176
% Latino 12.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 5.8%
5-17 15.6%
18-64 61.3%
65 and older 17.3%
Median Age 38.2
Gender (% female) 51.2%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 41.4%
Married 40.4%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 18.2%
Foreign Born
Number 119,277
% Foreign Born 11.4%
Population Change over Time  
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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.

139,063
Born in Africa 17,841
Born in Asia 28,909
Born in Europe 26,058
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 63,702
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,336
Born in Oceania 217
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
Country #2
Country #3
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.

139,063
Europe 26,058
Northern Europe 3,350
United Kingdom
2,477
Ireland
450
Other Northern Europe
423
Western Europe 1,999
France
452
Germany
1,118
Other Western Europe
429
Southern Europe 16,854
Italy
2,450
Portugal
13,603
Other Southern Europe
801
Eastern Europe 3,855
Poland
1,347
Russia
944
Other Eastern Europe
1,564
Other Europe (no country specified) 0
Asia 28,909
Eastern Asia 7,634
China
5,926

China, excluding Taiwan

5,650

Taiwan

276
Japan
745
Korea
963
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 7,496
India
5,903
Iran
58
Other South Central Asia
1,535
Southeastern Asia 9,419
Philippines
1,843
Vietnam
948
Other Southeastern Asia
6,628
Western Asia 4,072
Israel
104
Lebanon
797
Other Western Asia
3,171
Other Asia (no country specified) 288
Africa 17,841
Eastern Africa 180
Northern Africa
277
Western Africa
15,264
Middle and Southern Africa
851
Other Africa (no country specified)
1,269
Oceania 217
Australia and New Zealand subregion 116
Oceania (no country specified) 101
Americas 66,038
Latin America 63,702
Caribbean
30,571

Cuba

566

Jamaica

553

Other Caribbean

29,452
Central America
22,546

Mexico

4,582

El Salvador

2,369

Other Central America

15,595
South America
10,585

Brazil

1,876

Colombia

5,250

Other South America

3,459
Northern America 2,336
Canada
2,336
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 49,653
1990-1999 26,740
2000-2009 28,753
Since 2010 33,917
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 12.8%
Born in Asia 20.8%
Born in Europe 18.7%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 45.8%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1.7%
Born in Oceania 0.2%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1
Country #2
Country #3
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 18.7%
Northern Europe 2.4%
United Kingdom 1.8%
Ireland 0.3%
Other Northern Europe 0.3%
Western Europe 1.4%
France 0.3%
Germany 0.8%
Other Western Europe 0.3%
Southern Europe 12.1%
Italy 1.8%
Portugal 9.8%
Other Southern Europe 0.6%
Eastern Europe 2.8%
Poland 1.0%
Russia 0.7%
Other Eastern Europe 1.1%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 20.8%
Eastern Asia 5.5%
China 4.3%
China, excluding Taiwan 4.1%
Taiwan 0.2%
Japan 0.5%
Korea 0.7%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 5.4%
India 4.2%
Iran 0.0%
Other South Central Asia 1.1%
Southeastern Asia 6.8%
Philippines 1.3%
Vietnam 0.7%
Other Southeastern Asia 4.8%
Western Asia 2.9%
Israel 0.1%
Lebanon 0.6%
Other Western Asia 2.3%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.2%
Africa 12.8%
Eastern Africa 0.1%
Northern Africa 0.2%
Western Africa 11.0%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.6%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.9%
Oceania 0.2%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.1%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.1%
Americas 47.5%
Latin America 45.8%
Caribbean 22.0%
Cuba 0.4%
Jamaica 0.4%
Other Caribbean 21.2%
Central America 16.2%
Mexico 3.3%
El Salvador 1.7%
Other Central America 11.2%
South America 7.6%
Brazil 1.3%
Colombia 3.8%
Other South America 2.5%
Northern America 1.7%
Canada 1.7%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 35.7%
1980-1989 19.2%
1990-1999 20.7%
Since 2000 24.4%
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
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
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
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
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
Country #2
Country #3
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 139,063
Naturalized citizens 84,365
Noncitizens 54,698
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 84,365
Before 1990 16,590
1990-1999 17,470
2000-2009 23,451
2010-2014 12,793
Since 2015 14,061
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 60.7%
Noncitizens 39.3%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 19.7%
1980-1989 20.7%
1990-1999 27.8%
2000-2009 15.2%
Since 2010 16.7%
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) 38,186
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 2,709
% married among women who gave birth
78.8%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
21.2%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 213,766
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 8,201
% married among women who gave birth 58.7%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 41.3%
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 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 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 3
Average family size 4
U.S. Born
Average household size 2
Average family size 3
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 194,424
Only native parent(s)
143,388
One or more foreign-born parents
51,036

Child is native

45,293

Child is foreign born

5,743
Children under age 6 with 64,241
Only native parent(s)
48,360
One or more foreign-born parents
15,881

Child is native

14,246

Child is foreign born

1,635
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 130,183
Only native parent(s)
95,028
One or more foreign-born parents
35,155

Child is native

31,047

Child is foreign born

4,108
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.

66,788
Only native parents 41,398
One or more foreign-born parents 25,390
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 73.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 26.2%
Child is native 23.3%
Child is foreign born 3.0%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 75.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 24.7%
Child is native 22.2%
Child is foreign born 2.5%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 73.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 27.0%
Child is native 23.8%
Child is foreign born 3.2%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 62.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 38.0%
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 the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2018 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, Sarah Flood, Ronald Goeken, Josiah Grover, Erin Meyer, Jose Pacas, and Matthew Sobek. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) USA: Version 8.0 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2018. https://doi.org/10.18128/D010.V8.0.

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 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2018 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.