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State Demographics Data - RI

Rhode Island

Demographics & Social
2016
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 148,480
% Foreign Born 14.1%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2016 24.5%
% change: 1990-2000 25.4%
Race (%)  
One race 97.9%
White
48.3%
Black or African American
16.0%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.6%
Asian
15.3%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
17.4%
Two or more races 2.1%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 55,379
% Latino 37.3%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.2%
5-17 5.2%
18-64 77.2%
65 and older 16.4%
Median Age

Note: 1) Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 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.

46.8
Gender (% female) 50.8%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 26.0%
Married 53.7%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 20.3%

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 907,946
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -2.3%
% change: 1990-2000 2.3%
Race (%)  
One race 96.7%
White 85.7%
Black or African American 4.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5%
Asian 1.6%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 4.0%
Two or more races 3.3%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 101,973
% Latino 11.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 5.8%
5-17 16.2%
18-64 61.6%
65 and older 16.5%
Median Age 38.6
Gender (% female) 51.7%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 39.3%
Married 40.6%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 20.1%
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%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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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.

148,480
Born in Africa 19,116
Born in Asia 26,980
Born in Europe 36,007
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 62,665
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,939
Born in Oceania 773
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.

148,480
Europe 36,007
Northern Europe 3,751
United Kingdom
2,522
Ireland
851
Other Northern Europe
378
Western Europe 2,612
France
403
Germany
1,731
Other Western Europe
478
Southern Europe 23,396
Italy
3,100
Portugal
19,352
Other Southern Europe
944
Eastern Europe 6,202
Poland
1,555
Russia
1,423
Other Eastern Europe
3,224
Other Europe (no country specified) 46
Asia 26,980
Eastern Asia 7,570
China
5,146

China, excluding Taiwan

4,943

Taiwan

203
Japan
1,290
Korea
1,134
Other Eastern Asia
0
South Central Asia 9,749
India
6,689
Iran
436
Other South Central Asia
2,624
Southeastern Asia 7,402
Philippines
950
Vietnam
929
Other Southeastern Asia
5,523
Western Asia 2,071
Israel
79
Lebanon
698
Other Western Asia
1,294
Other Asia (no country specified) 188
Africa 19,116
Eastern Africa 1,700
Northern Africa
439
Western Africa
15,387
Middle and Southern Africa
513
Other Africa (no country specified)
1,077
Oceania 773
Australia and New Zealand subregion 171
Oceania (no country specified) 602
Americas 65,604
Latin America 62,665
Caribbean
33,412

Cuba

759

Jamaica

1,359

Other Caribbean

31,294
Central America
15,759

Mexico

3,648

El Salvador

2,677

Other Central America

9,434
South America
13,494

Brazil

1,443

Colombia

7,134

Other South America

4,917
Northern America 2,939
Canada
2,867
Other Northern America
72
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 56,362
1990-1999 28,141
2000-2009 34,827
Since 2010 29,150
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 12.9%
Born in Asia 18.2%
Born in Europe 24.3%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 42.2%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2.0%
Born in Oceania 0.5%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 11.40
Country #2 3.70%
Country #3 3.20
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 24.3%
Northern Europe 2.5%
United Kingdom 1.7%
Ireland 0.6%
Other Northern Europe 0.3%
Western Europe 1.8%
France 0.3%
Germany 1.2%
Other Western Europe 0.3%
Southern Europe 15.8%
Italy 2.1%
Portugal 13.0%
Other Southern Europe 0.6%
Eastern Europe 4.2%
Poland 1.0%
Russia 1.0%
Other Eastern Europe 2.2%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 18.2%
Eastern Asia 5.1%
China 3.5%
China, excluding Taiwan 3.3%
Taiwan 0.1%
Japan 0.9%
Korea 0.8%
Other Eastern Asia 0.0%
South Central Asia 6.6%
India 4.5%
Iran 0.3%
Other South Central Asia 1.8%
Southeastern Asia 5.0%
Philippines 0.6%
Vietnam 0.6%
Other Southeastern Asia 3.7%
Western Asia 1.4%
Israel 0.1%
Lebanon 0.5%
Other Western Asia 0.9%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.1%
Africa 12.9%
Eastern Africa 1.1%
Northern Africa 0.3%
Western Africa 10.4%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.3%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.7%
Oceania 0.5%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.1%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.4%
Americas 44.2%
Latin America 42.2%
Caribbean 22.5%
Cuba 0.5%
Jamaica 0.9%
Other Caribbean 21.1%
Central America 10.6%
Mexico 2.5%
El Salvador 1.8%
Other Central America 6.4%
South America 9.1%
Brazil 1.0%
Colombia 4.8%
Other South America 3.3%
Northern America 2.0%
Canada 1.9%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 38.0%
1980-1989 19.0%
1990-1999 23.5%
Since 2000 19.6%
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 17.60
Country #2 13.70
Country #3 7.60
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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 24.60
Country #2 6.20%
Country #3 6.10%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 148,480
Naturalized citizens 81,710
Noncitizens 66,770
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 81,710
Before 1980 10,765
1980-1989 10,634
1990-1999 16,451
2000-2009 23,126
Since 2010 20,734
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 55.0%
Noncitizens 45.0%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 13.2%
1980-1989 13.0%
1990-1999 20.1%
2000-2009 28.3%
Since 2010 25.4%
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) 38,593
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 2,579
% married among women who gave birth
53.7%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
46.3%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 214,971
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 8,769
% married among women who gave birth 49.4%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 50.6%
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Foreign Born
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
   
   
   
   
Household and Family Size

Note: Data for Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 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 3.11
Average family size 3.73
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.37
Average family size 3.06
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 199,874
Only native parent(s)
147,377
One or more foreign-born parents
52,497

Child is native

45,217

Child is foreign born

7,280
Children under age 6 with 63,854
Only native parent(s)
46,254
One or more foreign-born parents
17,600

Child is native

15,705

Child is foreign born

1,895
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 136,020
Only native parent(s)
101,123
One or more foreign-born parents
34,897

Child is native

29,512

Child is foreign born

5,385
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.

73,019
Only native parents 47,463
One or more foreign-born parents 25,556
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 73.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 26.3%
Child is native 22.6%
Child is foreign born 3.6%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 72.4%
One or more foreign-born parents 27.6%
Child is native 24.6%
Child is foreign born 3.0%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 74.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 25.7%
Child is native 21.7%
Child is foreign born 4.0%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 65.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 35.0%
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 data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and Decennial Census. Unless stated otherwise, 2016 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, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2016 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.