E.g., 08/13/2020
E.g., 08/13/2020

Profile of the Unauthorized Population - County Data

Profile of the Unauthorized Population:
Queens County, NY

DemographicsEstimate% of Total
Unauthorized Population 256,000 100%
Top Countries of Birth
Mexico 41,000 16%
China 39,000 15%
Ecuador 29,000 12%
Guyana 18,000 7%
Colombia 11,000 4%
Regions of Birth
Mexico and Central America 57,000 22%
Caribbean 22,000 8%
South America 67,000 26%
Europe/Canada/Oceania 12,000 5%
Asia 93,000 37%
Africa 3,000 1%
Years of U.S. Residence
Less than 5 57,000 22%
5 to 9 58,000 23%
10 to 14 57,000 22%
15 to 19 40,000 16%
20 or more 44,000 17%
Age
Under 16 13,000 5%
16 to 24 31,000 12%
25 to 34 69,000 27%
35 to 44 61,000 24%
45 to 54 44,000 17%
55 and over 38,000 15%
Gender
Female 124,000 49%
FamilyEstimate% of Total
Parental Status
Population ages 15 and older 245,000 100%
Reside with at least one U.S.-citizen child under 18 52,000 21%
Reside with noncitizen children only under 18 12,000 5%
Reside with no children 180,000 74%
Marital Status
Population ages 15 and older 245,000 100%
Never married 106,000 43%
Married to a U.S. citizen 25,000 10%
Married to a legal permanent resident (LPR) 18,000 7%
Married to non-U.S. citizen/non-LPR 49,000 20%
Divorced, separated, widowed 47,000 19%
Education and LanguageEstimate% of Total
School Enrollment of Children and Youth
Population ages 3 to 17 17,000 100%
Enrolled 15,000 92%
Not enrolled--
Population ages 3 to 12 8,000 100%
Enrolled 7,000 86%
Not enrolled--
Population ages 13 to 17 9,000 100%
Enrolled 9,000 96%
Not enrolled--
Population ages 18 to 24 27,000 100%
Enrolled 13,000 47%
Not enrolled 14,000 53%
Educational Attainment of Adults
Population ages 25 and older 211,000 100%
0-5 grade 18,000 8%
6-8 grade 24,000 11%
9-12 grade 27,000 13%
High school diploma or GED 70,000 33%
Some college or associate’s degree 33,000 16%
Bachelor’s, graduate, or professional degree 38,000 18%
English Proficiency
Population ages 5 and older 254,000 100%
Speak only English 43,000 17%
Speak English "very well" 48,000 19%
Speak English "well" 56,000 22%
Speak English "not well"/"not at all" 107,000 42%
Top 5 Languages Spoken at Home
Population ages 5 and older 254,000 100%
Spanish 110,000 43%
English 43,000 17%
Chinese 39,000 15%
Korean 11,000 4%
Bengali 10,000 4%
WorkforceEstimate% of Total
Labor Force Participation
Civilian population ages 16 and older 242,000 100%
Employed 166,000 68%
Unemployed 12,000 5%
Not in the labor force 65,000 27%
Top Industries of Employment
Civilian employed population ages 16 and older 166,000 100%
Accommodation and food services, arts, entertainment, and recreation 37,000 22%
Construction 24,000 14%
Other services (except public administration) 23,000 14%
Retail trade 21,000 13%
Health services and social assistance 21,000 13%
EconomicsEstimate% of Total
Family Income
Below 50% of the poverty level 22,000 9%
50-99% of the poverty level 33,000 13%
100-149% of the poverty level 36,000 14%
150-199% of the poverty level 38,000 15%
At or above 200% of the poverty level 127,000 50%
Access to Health Insurance
Uninsured 120,000 47%
Home Ownership*
Homeowner 58,000 23%

 

Source: Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data from the pooled 2012-16 American Community Survey (ACS) and the 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), drawing on a methodology developed in consultation with James Bachmeier of Temple University and Jennifer Van Hook of The Pennsylvania State University, Population Research Institute.

Note: For U.S., state, and county estimates of the unauthorized population potentially eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, click here.

Data-related notes
* “Homeowners” are unauthorized immigrants residing in homes that are owned, not rented.

+ Includes the following Colorado counties: Adams, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, and Jefferson, as well as portions of Arapahoe, Boulder, and Weld counties.

++ NECTAs refer to New England City and Town Areas, geographic entities defined by the U.S. Census Bureau for use as alternatives to counties in the six-state New England region.

  1. Estimate for China includes Hong Kong but excludes Taiwan; estimate for Korea includes South Korea and North Korea.
  2. “School Enrollment of Children and Youth” refers to unauthorized immigrants who reported attending school or college at any time in the three months prior to the survey.
  3. For languages, “Chinese” includes Mandarin, Cantonese, and other Chinese languages; “English” includes English, Jamaican Creole, Krio, Pidgin Krio, and other English-based Creole languages; “French” includes French, Patois, and Cajun; “Pacific Island languages” includes Ilocano, Samoan, Hawaiian, Sebuano, Chamorro, Guamanian, Marshallese, Trukese, Tongan, and other Austronesian languages, but excludes Tagalog and Filipino, which are reported separately; “Portuguese” includes Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole; “Sub-Saharan African” includes Swahili or other Bantu languages, Mande, Fulani, Kru, and other unspecified African languages; “Tagalog” includes Tagalog and Filipino.
  4. For industries, “Other services” are miscellaneous services, not including the following services listed separately: (1) professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services; (2) educational services; (3) health and social services; and (4) accommodation and food services, arts, entertainment, and recreation.
  5.  “-” estimates are zero, not applicable, or not displayed due to small sample size.
  6. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.

Methodology in Brief:
MPI’s method uses information from the SIPP to assign legal status to noncitizens in the ACS. In the SIPP, noncitizens report whether they currently have lawful permanent resident (LPR) status—i.e., a green card. Those without LPR status may be recent refugees, temporary visitors (e.g., students or high-skilled H-1B workers), or unauthorized immigrants. Our method maps characteristics such as country of birth, year of U.S. entry, age, gender, and educational attainment between the two surveys, and those noncitizens in the ACS who have characteristics similar to those reporting LPR status in the SIPP are coded as LPRs in the ACS. The remaining noncitizens—who are similar in characteristics to those not reporting LPR status in the SIPP—are classified as either unauthorized or legal temporary migrants, depending on whether they meet the qualifications for H-1B and the other temporary visa classifications. This method was developed in consultation with James Bachmeier of Temple University and Jennifer Van Hook of The Pennsylvania State University, Population Research Institute. For more detail on the methods, see Jeanne Batalova, Sarah Hooker, Randy Capps, and James D. Bachmeier, DACA at the Two-Year Mark: A National and State Profile of Youth Eligible and Applying for Deferred Action (Washington, DC: MPI, 2014). Please note that these estimates use commonly accepted benchmarks from other research studies to determine the size of the unauthorized population and response rates to surveys. These estimates have the same sampling and coverage errors as any other survey-based estimates that rely on ACS and other Census Bureau data.