U.S. Census: Foreign-Born Income Increases As Native-Born Income Declines

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

In a single year the real median income of native-born heads of households declined 2.3 percent while the incomes of foreign-born heads of households increased 4.3 percent, according to newly released government data.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2014” report released Wednesday reveals that between 2013 and 2014, foreign-born households saw their median incomes go up by $2,031 while native-born households experienced a median income decline of $1,311.

“The income of households maintained by a foreign-born person increased 4.3 percent, from $47,561 to $49,592; while the median income of households maintained by a native-born person declined 2.3 percent, from $55,989 to $54,678,” the Census Bureau report reads.

Naturalized citizens has the highest median household income of $59,261 in 2014, followed by native-born households with $54,678 and non-citizens with $40,795.

Overall, the median income from 2014 to 2013 declined by $805 from $54,462 in 2013 to $53,657 in 2014. The report noted that median income has declined 6.5 percent since before the recession in 2007.

The Census report further reveals that 46.7 million people in the U.S. live in poverty, including 14.2 percent of native-born Americans and 18.5 percent of the foreign-born population.


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