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State Demographics Data - ri
 

Rhode Island

Demographics & Social
2019
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 145,074
% Foreign Born 13.7%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2019 21.6%
% change: 1990-2000 25.4%
Race (%)  
One race 96.4%
White
44.4%
Black or African American
16.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5%
Asian
16.4%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander
0.0%
Other race
18.2%
Two or more races 3.6%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 60,694
% Latino 41.8%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 0.9%
5-17 6.4%
18-64 74.8%
65 and older 17.9%
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 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2019 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.

46.4
Gender (% female) 51.3%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 27.1%
Married 54.8%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 18.1%

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 914,287
% Foreign Born  
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011 -1.6%
% change: 1990-2000 2.3%
Race (%)  
One race 95.7%
White 84.1%
Black or African American 5.9%
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3%
Asian 1.4%
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.0%
Other race 3.9%
Two or more races 4.3%
Latino Origin (of any race)  
Number 111,949
% Latino 12.2%
Age Groups (%)  
Under 5 5.9%
5-17 15.3%
18-64 61.3%
65 and older 17.6%
Median Age 38.6
Gender (% female) 51.2%
Marital Status (15 and older) (%)  
Never married 40.8%
Married 40.8%
Separated, divorced, or widowed 18.4%
Foreign Born
Number 119,277
% Foreign Born 11.4%
Population Change over Time  
% change: 2000-2011  
 
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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.

145,074
Born in Africa 17,560
Born in Asia 27,832
Born in Europe 29,376
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 67,785
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 2,200
Born in Oceania 321
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.

 
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.

145,074
Europe 29,376
Northern Europe 3,403
United Kingdom
2,122
Ireland
399
Other Northern Europe
882
Western Europe 2,473
France
445
Germany
1,550
Other Western Europe
478
Southern Europe 18,389
Italy
1,905
Portugal
15,042
Other Southern Europe
1,442
Eastern Europe 5,017
Poland
1,166
Russia
731
Other Eastern Europe
3,120
Other Europe (no country specified) 94
Asia 27,832
Eastern Asia 8,217
China
4,723

China, excluding Taiwan

4,034

Taiwan

689
Japan
1,536
Korea
1,958
Other Eastern Asia
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South Central Asia 5,854
India
5,198
Iran
74
Other South Central Asia
582
Southeastern Asia 10,083
Philippines
1,832
Vietnam
939
Other Southeastern Asia
7,312
Western Asia 3,561
Israel
282
Lebanon
837
Other Western Asia
2,442
Other Asia (no country specified) 117
Africa 17,560
Eastern Africa 596
Northern Africa
1,215
Western Africa
14,037
Middle and Southern Africa
296
Other Africa (no country specified)
1,416
Oceania 321
Australia and New Zealand subregion 270
Oceania (no country specified) 51
Americas 69,985
Latin America 67,785
Caribbean
39,764

Cuba

794

Jamaica

837

Other Caribbean

38,133
Central America
19,279

Mexico

2,906

El Salvador

1,739

Other Central America

14,634
South America
8,742

Brazil

1,972

Colombia

4,621

Other South America

2,149
Northern America 2,200
Canada
2,200
Other Northern America
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Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1990 49,578
1990-1999 30,725
2000-2009 28,839
Since 2010 35,932
%
Region of Birth (excluding born at the sea)* 100%
Born in Africa 12.1%
Born in Asia 19.2%
Born in Europe 20.2%
Born in Latin America (South America, Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean) 46.7%
Born in Northern America (Canada, Bermuda, Greenland, and St. Pierre and Miquelon) 1.5%
Born in Oceania 0.2%
Top 3 Countries of Birth*  
Country #1
Country #2
Country #3
Detailed Region/Country of Birth* 100%
Europe 20.2%
Northern Europe 2.3%
United Kingdom 1.5%
Ireland 0.3%
Other Northern Europe 0.6%
Western Europe 1.7%
France 0.3%
Germany 1.1%
Other Western Europe 0.3%
Southern Europe 12.7%
Italy 1.3%
Portugal 10.4%
Other Southern Europe 1.0%
Eastern Europe 3.5%
Poland 0.8%
Russia 0.5%
Other Eastern Europe 2.2%
Other Europe (no country specified) 0.1%
Asia 19.2%
Eastern Asia 5.7%
China 3.3%
China, excluding Taiwan 2.8%
Taiwan 0.5%
Japan 1.1%
Korea 1.3%
Other Eastern Asia N
South Central Asia 4.0%
India 3.6%
Iran 0.1%
Other South Central Asia 0.4%
Southeastern Asia 7.0%
Philippines 1.3%
Vietnam 0.6%
Other Southeastern Asia 5.0%
Western Asia 2.5%
Israel 0.2%
Lebanon 0.6%
Other Western Asia 1.7%
Other Asia (no country specified) 0.1%
Africa 12.1%
Eastern Africa 0.4%
Northern Africa 0.8%
Western Africa 9.7%
Middle and Southern Africa 0.2%
Other Africa (no country specified) 1.0%
Oceania 0.2%
Australia and New Zealand subregion 0.2%
Oceania (no country specified) N
Americas 48.2%
Latin America 46.7%
Caribbean 27.4%
Cuba 0.5%
Jamaica 0.6%
Other Caribbean 26.3%
Central America 13.3%
Mexico 2.0%
El Salvador 1.2%
Other Central America 10.1%
South America 6.0%
Brazil 1.4%
Colombia 3.2%
Other South America 1.5%
Northern America 1.5%
Canada 1.5%
Other Northern America N
Period of Entry into U.S.  
Before 1980 34.2%
1980-1989 21.2%
1990-1999 19.9%
Since 2000 24.8%
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 145,074
Naturalized citizens 81,964
Noncitizens 63,110
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 81,964
Before 1990 19,053
1990-1999 16,586
2000-2009 22,168
2010-2014 12,147
Since 2015 12,010
%
Foreign Born by U.S. Citizenship Status 100%
Naturalized citizens 56.5%
Noncitizens 43.5%
Naturalized Citizens by Period of Naturalization 100%
Before 1980 23.2%
1980-1989 20.2%
1990-1999 27.0%
2000-2009 14.8%
Since 2010 14.7%
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) 36,761
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 1,825
% married among women who gave birth
62.3%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth
37.7%
U.S. Born
Female Population (ages 15-50) 209,124
Women (ages 15-50) who gave birth in the last 12 months 6,143
% married among women who gave birth 68.3%
% unmarried (never married, divorced, or widowed) among women who gave birth 31.7%
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 U.S Census Bureau’s pooled 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2019 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 3.13
Average family size 3.65
U.S. Born
Average household size 2.39
Average family size 3.08
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 age 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 ACS, the Census Bureau has excluded 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 195,575
Only native parent(s)
141,212
One or more foreign-born parents
54,363

Child is native

44,787

Child is foreign born

9,576
Children under age 6 with 62,009
Only native parent(s)
46,590
One or more foreign-born parents
15,419

Child is native

13,817

Child is foreign born

1,602
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 133,566
Only native parent(s)
94,622
One or more foreign-born parents
38,944

Child is native

30,970

Child is foreign born

7,974
Children in Low-Income Families

Note: Refers only to children under age 18 who resided with at least one parent. Beginning with the 2014 American Community Survey, the Census Bureau has excluded 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.

60,962
Only native parents 38,775
One or more foreign-born parents 22,187
%
Children with Foreign- and Native-Born Parents*  
Children under age 18 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 72.2%
One or more foreign-born parents 27.8%
Child is native 22.9%
Child is foreign born 4.9%
Children under age 6 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 75.1%
One or more foreign-born parents 24.9%
Child is native 22.3%
Child is foreign born 2.6%
Children between ages 6 and 17 with 100%
Only native parent(s) 70.8%
One or more foreign-born parents 29.2%
Child is native 23.2%
Child is foreign born 6.0%
Children in Low-Income Families* 100%
Only native parents 63.6%
One or more foreign-born parents 36.4%
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, 2019 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. IPUMS USA: Version 10.0 [dataset]. Minneapolis, MN: IPUMS, 2020. https://doi.org/10.18128/D010.V10.0.

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, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming are from the U.S. Census Bureau's pooled 2015-2019 American Community Survey (ACS). Data for the United States overall and for the remaining states are from the 2019 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 has 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.