Asian Americans top in education and income among foreign-born immigrants

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated August 5 that the nation's foreign-born population in 2003 numbered 33.5 million, or 12 percent of the total U.S. population. Among the foreign-born population, 53 percent were born in Latin America, 25 percent in Asia, 14 percent in Europe and the remaining 8 percent in other regions of the world, such as Africa and Oceania. The 53 percent from Latin America consisted of 37 percent from Central America (including Mexico), 10 percent from the Caribbean and 6 percent from South America.

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Among foreign-born immigrants, Asians are rated high in the education, household income, and individual earnings. In high school education or more, immigrants from Asia are accounted for 87.4, followed by Europe 84.9 percent, other regions 83.5 percent, and Latin America 49.1 percent. In household income over $50,000 or more, immigrants from Asia lead with 53.8 percent, followed by Europe 42.7 percent, othere regions 42.2 percent, and Latin America 29.0 percent.

For individual earnings over 50,000 ore more, 37.3 percent of immigrants from Asia, 35.1 from Europe, 29.4 percent from other regions 29.4, and Latin America for 10.8 percent. However, in the category of people living below the poverty level, Asian immigrants are accounted for 11.1 percent, as compared with 8.7 percent from Europe, 14.1 percent from other regions, and 21.6 percent from Latin America.

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