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State Demographics Data - RI

Rhode Island

Demographics & Social
2017
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 147,017
% Foreign Born 13.9%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2017 23.3%
% change: 1990-2000 25.4%
Race (%)  
One race 97.4%
White
51.5%
Black or African American
13.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.8%
Asian
16.5%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
14.5%
Two or more races 2.6%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 61,313
% Latino 41.7%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.9%
5-17 5.6%
18-64 78.1%
65 and older 15.5%
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 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2017 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.

45.1
Gender (% female) 50.7%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 26.9%
Married 54.9%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 18.2%

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 912,622
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -1.8%
% change: 1990-2000 2.3%
Race (%)  
One race 96.6%
White 86.6%
Black or African American 5.1%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5%
Asian 1.5%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 2.8%
Two or more races 3.4%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 102,033
% Latino 11.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 5.9%
5-17 15.8%
18-64 61.5%
65 and older 16.9%
Median Age 38
Gender (% female) 51.7%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 38.9%
Married 43.5%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 17.6%
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.

147,017
Born in Africa 16,210
Born in Asia 30,558
Born in Europe 30,316
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 67,692
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,034
Born in Oceania 207
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.

147,017
Europe 30,316
Northern Europe 4,403
United Kingdom
3,348
Ireland
460
Other Northern Europe
595
Western Europe 2,577
France
1,049
Germany
907
Other Western Europe
621
Southern Europe 18,674
Italy
2,936
Portugal
14,719
Other Southern Europe
1,019
Eastern Europe 4,662
Poland
543
Russia
919
Other Eastern Europe
3,200
Other Europe (no country specified) 0
Asia 30,558
Eastern Asia 8,811
China
7,722

China, excluding Taiwan

7,175

Taiwan

547
Japan
118
Korea
971
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 8,727
India
7,630
Iran
337
Other South Central Asia
760
Southeastern Asia 8,899
Philippines
2,012
Vietnam
850
Other Southeastern Asia
6,037
Western Asia 4,121
Israel
209
Lebanon
622
Other Western Asia
3,290
Other Asia (no country specified) 0
Africa 16,210
Eastern Africa 874
Northern Africa
769
Western Africa
13,104
Middle and Southern Africa
514
Other Africa (no country specified)
949
Oceania 207
Australia and New Zealand subregion 207
Oceania (no country specified) 0
Americas 69,726
Latin America 67,692
Caribbean
33,490

Cuba

844

Jamaica

880

Other Caribbean

31,766
Central America
23,126

Mexico

1,971

El Salvador

3,339

Other Central America

17,816
South America
11,076

Brazil

1,033

Colombia

4,862

Other South America

5,181
Northern America 2,034
Canada
1,874
Other Northern America
160
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 50,057
1990-1999 26,051
2000-2009 34,245
Since 2010 36,664
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 11.0%
Born in Asia 20.8%
Born in Europe 20.6%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 46.0%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1.4%
Born in Oceania 0.1%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 11.4
Country #2 3.70%
Country #3 3.2
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 20.6%
Northern Europe 3.0%
United Kingdom 2.3%
Ireland 0.3%
Other Northern Europe 0.4%
Western Europe 1.8%
France 0.7%
Germany 0.6%
Other Western Europe 0.4%
Southern Europe 12.7%
Italy 2.0%
Portugal 10.0%
Other Southern Europe 0.7%
Eastern Europe 3.2%
Poland 0.4%
Russia 0.6%
Other Eastern Europe 2.2%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 20.8%
Eastern Asia 6.0%
China 5.3%
China, excluding Taiwan 4.9%
Taiwan 0.4%
Japan 0.1%
Korea 0.7%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 5.9%
India 5.2%
Iran 0.2%
Other South Central Asia 0.5%
Southeastern Asia 6.1%
Philippines 1.4%
Vietnam 0.6%
Other Southeastern Asia 4.1%
Western Asia 2.8%
Israel 0.1%
Lebanon 0.4%
Other Western Asia 2.2%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.0%
Africa 11.0%
Eastern Africa 0.6%
Northern Africa 0.5%
Western Africa 8.9%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.3%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.6%
Oceania 0.1%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.1%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.0%
Americas 47.4%
Latin America 46.0%
Caribbean 22.8%
Cuba 0.6%
Jamaica 0.6%
Other Caribbean 21.6%
Central America 15.7%
Mexico 1.3%
El Salvador 2.3%
Other Central America 12.1%
South America 7.5%
Brazil 0.7%
Colombia 3.3%
Other South America 3.5%
Northern America 1.4%
Canada 1.3%
Other Northern America 0.1%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 34.0%
1980-1989 17.7%
1990-1999 23.3%
Since 2000 24.9%
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 #1 160
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 6.20%
Country #3 6.10%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 147,017
Naturalized citizens 79,049
Noncitizens 67,968
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 79,049
Before 1980 9,321
1980-1989 7,192
1990-1999 17,456
2000-2009 23,460
Since 2010 21,620
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 53.8%
Noncitizens 46.2%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 11.8%
1980-1989 9.1%
1990-1999 22.1%
2000-2009 29.7%
Since 2010 27.4%
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) 41,058
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 2,053
% married among women who gave birth
83.8%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
16.2%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 214,079
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 9,660
% married among women who gave birth 67.1%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 32.9%
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 2012-2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2017 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 3.07
Average family size 3.63
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.38
Average family size 3.1
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 199,390
Only native parent(s)
143,785
One or more foreign-born parents
55,605

Child is native

47,680

Child is foreign born

7,925
Children under age 6 with 63,538
Only native parent(s)
45,546
One or more foreign-born parents
17,992

Child is native

16,301

Child is foreign born

1,691
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 135,852
Only native parent(s)
98,239
One or more foreign-born parents
37,613

Child is native

31,379

Child is foreign born

6,234
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.

64,521
Only native parents 36,132
One or more foreign-born parents 28,389
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 72.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 27.9%
Child is native 23.9%
Child is foreign born 4.0%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 71.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 28.3%
Child is native 25.7%
Child is foreign born 2.7%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 72.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 27.7%
Child is native 23.1%
Child is foreign born 4.6%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 56.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 44.0%
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, 2017 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 2013-2017 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2017 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.