National Data | Chart | Looking (In Vain) For Latino Assimilation


Table 1:

Educational Attainment by Generation of California Immigrants

 

All Californians

Latinos

Whites

The Latino Gap(a)

 

Percent With Less Than High School Education

First Generation

39%

67%

13%

72%

Second Generation

14%

35%

9%

150%

Third Generation

8%

22%

6%

175%

Total

19%

53%

7%

179%

 

Percent College Graduates

First Generation

24%

7%

42%

-71%

Second Generation

29%

10%

35%

-66%

Third Generation

31%

11%

35%

-65%

Total

28%

8%

35%

-71%

 

 

 

 

 

a. Percent by which Latino achievement level is worse than that of all Californians.

Note: Based on 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004 data for adults age 25 and over.

Source: S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Hans P. Johnson, “Second-Generation Immigrants in California,” Public Policy Institute of

California, May 2005. Table 5.  

 

Table 2:

English Proficiency by Immigrant Generation

 

All California Immigrants

Latino Immigrants

The Latino Gap (a)

 

Percent that speak only English

First Generation

11%

5%

-55%

Second Generation

29%

10%

-66%

Third Generation

94%

75%

-20%

 

Percent that speak English Not Well or Not At All

First Generation

27%

34%

25.9%

Second Generation

6%

9%

50.0%

Third Generation

0%

2%

(infinite)

 

 

 

 

a. Percent by which Latino achievement level is worse than that of all Californian immigrants.

 

Note: Based on October 1999 Current Population Survey.

 

 

Source: S. Karthick Ramakrishnan and Hans P. Johnson, “Second-Generation Immigrants in California,” Public Policy Institute of

California, May 2005. Table 7. 

Edwin S. Rubenstein (email him) is President of ESR Research Economic Consultants in Indianapolis.