A Profile of Older Americans: 2002
The Older Foreign-Born Population
were 3.1 million foreign born persons aged 65 or more in 2000.
More than one-third (39%) of this older foreign born is from Europe
and another 31% is from Latin America; 22% is from Asia; and 8%
is from other parts of the world. In the future, the older foreign
born are more likely to be from Latin America or Asia. Almost
two-thirds of the older foreign born have lived in the US for
more than 30 years. About one-third of the older foreign born
live in the West.
older foreign born are more likely than their native counterparts
to live in family households. Eight of ten older foreign born
men are married; nearly half of older foreign-born women are widowed.
Older foreign-born women are much more likely to live alone than
older foreign-born men. The poverty rate is higher for the older
foreign born than for the older native population. Households
with older foreign-born householders participate in means-tested
programs at higher rates than households with older native householders.
“The Older Foreign-Born Population of the United States: 2000,”
P23-211, September, 2002, U.S. Bureau of the Census]
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