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Latino Daily News

Thursday September 30, 2010

What Does Your Average New U.S. Citizen Look Like?

The Office of Immigration Statistics has produced a report based on 28 years of data on the characteristics of people who became citizens between 1980 and 2008.  In the 1980’s 2.1 million individuals became citizens and that figure doubled in the 1990’s to 5 million and this decade 6.1 million individuals as of 2008 have become citizens.

The median age of new citizens is 34, 39 percent are male and 54 percent are female.  Those naturalized in the ‘80s were more likely to have a college degree than those being naturalized now, however the recent median family income for new citizens is $61,000. 

The new U.S. citizen spent an average of 7 to 9 years trying to become a citizen with those from Mexico waiting 11 years for their citizenship.  In the 1980’s more Philippine born people became U.S. citizen than from anywhere else, now most new citizens are from Mexico followed by India.  For the full report, visit HSN Library