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State Demographics Data - WA

Washington

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 1,060,153
% Foreign Born 14.3%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2017 72.5%
% change: 1990-2000 90.7%
Race (%)  
One race 98.0%
White
36.3%
Black or African American
5.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.4%
Asian
40.3%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.7%
Other race
14.5%
Two or more races 2.0%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 302,230
% Latino 28.5%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 1.0%
5-17 5.9%
18-64 79.1%
65 and older 14.1%
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.

42.3
Gender (% female) 51.9%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 22.4%
Married 62.7%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 14.9%

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 6,345,590
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 20.2%
% change: 1990-2000 16.2%
Race (%)  
One race 93.4%
White 81.9%
Black or African American 3.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4%
Asian 3.2%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.6%
Other race 2.9%
Two or more races 6.6%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 638,562
% Latino 10.1%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 7.0%
5-17 17.8%
18-64 59.9%
65 and older 15.3%
Median Age 36.4
Gender (% female) 49.8%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 32.8%
Married 48.2%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 18.9%
Foreign Born
Number 614,457
% Foreign Born 10.4%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011  
 
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U.S. Born
Number 5,279,664
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Foreign Born
Number 322,144
% Foreign Born 6.6%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
U.S. Born
Number 4,544,548
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
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.

1,060,153
Born in Africa 63,411
Born in Asia 471,344
Born in Europe 153,326
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 312,932
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 45,687
Born in Oceania 13,453
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 Mexico
Country #2 Philippines
Country #3 Vietnam
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.

1,060,153
Europe 153,326
Northern Europe 27,992
United Kingdom
20,321
Ireland
1,886
Other Northern Europe
5,785
Western Europe 29,623
France
5,331
Germany
17,741
Other Western Europe
6,551
Southern Europe 6,726
Italy
2,474
Portugal
263
Other Southern Europe
3,989
Eastern Europe 88,843
Poland
4,855
Russia
21,270
Other Eastern Europe
62,718
Other Europe (no country specified) 142
Asia 471,344
Eastern Asia 158,386
China
96,484

China, excluding Taiwan

82,696

Taiwan

13,788
Japan
16,744
Korea
44,262
Other Eastern Asia
896
South Central Asia 109,266
India
82,482
Iran
8,476
Other South Central Asia
18,308
Southeastern Asia 179,656
Philippines
79,749
Vietnam
58,882
Other Southeastern Asia
41,025
Western Asia 23,322
Israel
3,900
Lebanon
1,791
Other Western Asia
17,631
Other Asia (no country specified) 714
Africa 63,411
Eastern Africa 40,671
Northern Africa
6,461
Western Africa
9,031
Middle and Southern Africa
6,056
Other Africa (no country specified)
1,192
Oceania 13,453
Australia and New Zealand subregion 5,267
Oceania (no country specified) 8,186
Americas 358,619
Latin America 312,932
Caribbean
12,935

Cuba

4,231

Jamaica

1,682

Other Caribbean

7,022
Central America
273,327

Mexico

240,038

El Salvador

12,937

Other Central America

20,352
South America
26,670

Brazil

6,497

Colombia

4,952

Other South America

15,221
Northern America 45,687
Canada
45,551
Other Northern America
136
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 270,565
1990-1999 235,531
2000-2009 294,220
Since 2010 259,837
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 6.0%
Born in Asia 44.5%
Born in Europe 14.5%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 29.5%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 4.3%
Born in Oceania 1.3%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 25.6
Country #2 7.40%
Country #3 6
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 14.5%
Northern Europe 2.6%
United Kingdom 1.9%
Ireland 0.2%
Other Northern Europe 0.5%
Western Europe 2.8%
France 0.5%
Germany 1.7%
Other Western Europe 0.6%
Southern Europe 0.6%
Italy 0.2%
Portugal 0.0%
Other Southern Europe 0.4%
Eastern Europe 8.4%
Poland 0.5%
Russia 2.0%
Other Eastern Europe 5.9%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.0%
Asia 44.5%
Eastern Asia 14.9%
China 9.1%
China, excluding Taiwan 7.8%
Taiwan 1.3%
Japan 1.6%
Korea 4.2%
Other Eastern Asia 0.1%
South Central Asia 10.3%
India 7.8%
Iran 0.8%
Other South Central Asia 1.7%
Southeastern Asia 16.9%
Philippines 7.5%
Vietnam 5.6%
Other Southeastern Asia 3.9%
Western Asia 2.2%
Israel 0.4%
Lebanon 0.2%
Other Western Asia 1.7%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.1%
Africa 6.0%
Eastern Africa 3.8%
Northern Africa 0.6%
Western Africa 0.9%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.6%
Other Africa (no country specified) 0.1%
Oceania 1.3%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.5%
Oceania (no country specified) 0.8%
Americas 33.8%
Latin America 29.5%
Caribbean 1.2%
Cuba 0.4%
Jamaica 0.2%
Other Caribbean 0.7%
Central America 25.8%
Mexico 22.6%
El Salvador 1.2%
Other Central America 1.9%
South America 2.5%
Brazil 0.6%
Colombia 0.5%
Other South America 1.4%
Northern America 4.3%
Canada 4.3%
Other Northern America 0.0%
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 25.5%
1980-1989 22.2%
1990-1999 27.8%
Since 2000 24.5%
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 614,457
Born in Africa 18,775
Born in Asia 239,748
Born in Europe 126,270
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 173,870
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 47,687
Cat28 8,064
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 Mexico
Country #2 Canada
Country #3 Philippines
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 3.1%
Born in Asia 39.0%
Born in Europe 20.5%
Born in Latin America 28.3%
Born in Northern America 7.8%
Born in Oceania 1.3%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 24.1
Country #2 7.70%
Country #3 7.6
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 312,701
Born in Africa 4,366
Born in Asia 126,076
Born in Europe 76,021
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 57,824
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 44,376
Cat21 4,038
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 136
Country #2 Canada
Country #3 Philippines
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Region of birth 100%
Born in Africa 1.4%
Born in Asia 40.3%
Born in Europe 24.3%
Born in Latin America 18.5%
Born in Northern America 14.2%
Born in Oceania 1.3%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1 14.3
Country #2 13.7
Country #3 8.50%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Foreign Born
Naturalization Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 1,060,153
Naturalized citizens 507,513
Noncitizens 552,640
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 507,513
Before 1980 53,187
1980-1989 54,851
1990-1999 101,225
2000-2009 145,335
Since 2010 152,915
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 47.9%
Noncitizens 52.1%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 10.5%
1980-1989 10.8%
1990-1999 19.9%
2000-2009 28.6%
Since 2010 30.1%
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 614,457
Naturalized citizens 257,648
Noncitizens 356,809
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 41.9%
Noncitizens 58.1%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Number
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 322,144
Naturalized citizens 149,256
Noncitizens 172,888
   
   
   
   
   
   
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 46.3%
Noncitizens 53.7%
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fertility Foreign Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 327,313
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 24,180
% married among women who gave birth
79.7%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
20.3%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 1,421,596
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 73,463
% married among women who gave birth 69.1%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 30.9%
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 3.14
Average family size 3.62
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.45
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 1,576,122
Only native parent(s)
1,111,748
One or more foreign-born parents
464,374

Child is native

400,509

Child is foreign born

63,865
Children under age 6 with 527,825
Only native parent(s)
374,941
One or more foreign-born parents
152,884

Child is native

140,738

Child is foreign born

12,146
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 1,048,297
Only native parent(s)
736,807
One or more foreign-born parents
311,490

Child is native

259,771

Child is foreign born

51,719
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.

510,411
Only native parents 309,842
One or more foreign-born parents 200,569
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 70.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 29.5%
Child is native 25.4%
Child is foreign born 4.1%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 71.0%
One or more foreign-born parents 29.0%
Child is native 26.7%
Child is foreign born 2.3%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 70.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 29.7%
Child is native 24.8%
Child is foreign born 4.9%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 60.7%
One or more foreign-born parents 39.3%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 1,452,674
Only native parent(s) 1,180,229
One or more foreign-born parents 272,445
Child is native 208,179
Child is foreign born 64,266
Children under age 6 with 460,921
Only native parent(s) 365,381
One or more foreign-born parents 95,540
Child is native 85,431
Child is foreign born 10,109
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 991,753
Only native parent(s) 814,848
One or more foreign-born parents 176,905
Child is native 122,748
Child is foreign born 54,157
Children in Low-Income Families* 471,491
Only native parents 341,612
One or more foreign-born parents 129,879
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 81.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 18.8%
Child is native 14.3%
Child is foreign born 4.4%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 79.3%
One or more foreign-born parents 20.7%
Child is native 18.5%
Child is foreign born 2.2%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 82.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 17.8%
Child is native 12.4%
Child is foreign born 5.5%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 72.5%
One or more foreign-born parents 27.5%
Number
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 1,212,507
Only native parent(s) 1,076,463
One or more foreign-born parents 136,044
Child is native 107,229
Child is foreign born 28,815
Children under age 6 with 430,722
Only native parent(s) 381,720
One or more foreign-born parents 49,002
Child is native 44,010
Child is foreign born 4,992
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 781,785
Only native parent(s) 694,743
One or more foreign-born parents 87,042
Child is native 63,219
Child is foreign born 23,823
Children in Low-Income Families* 418,011
Only native parents 355,044
One or more foreign-born parents 62,967
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 88.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.2%
Child is native 8.8%
Child is foreign born 2.4%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 88.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.4%
Child is native 10.2%
Child is foreign born 1.2%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 88.9%
One or more foreign-born parents 11.1%
Child is native 8.1%
Child is foreign born 3.0%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 84.9%
One or more foreign-born parents 15.1%

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.