This research brief examines the household composition of low-income Hispanic children, based on analyses of recent nationally-representative data. It reports on the size and structure of low-income children’s households, the employment status of adult household members, variations in these patterns related to whether the parents were born in the United States or outside it, and differences between the households of low-income Hispanic children and the households of low-income non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black children. Findings indicate: 36% of low-income Hispanic children with at least one foreign-born parent live in married, two-parent households, more than any other low-income group; almost half of low-income Hispanic children with only U.S.-born parents live in single-parent households, more than low-income white children and Hispanic children with at least one foreign-born parent; low-income Hispanic children with at least one foreign-born parent are more likely to live with their biological father than are other low-income children; nearly four in 10 low-income Hispanic children with at least one foreign-born parent live in crowded conditions; regardless of where their parents were born, roughly one-quarter of low-income Hispanic children live in the same household as an unrelated adult, while about 10% live with a grandparent; the majority of low-income children live with at least one employed adult; and low-income Hispanic children with at least one foreign-born parent are also more likely than other low-income children to live with an adult who works full-time. 1 table, 7 figures, and 25 references.
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