Notably, Chinese immigrants were twice as likely to have a graduate or professional degree compared to the other two groups (27 percent compared to 13 percent for all immigrants and 12 percent for the U. Many post-1965 Chinese immigrants arrived either as international college students or high-skilled H-1B temporary workers (requiring a university degree), and who then apply for U. In FY 2016, Chinese citizens accounted for 9 percent of the 345,000 H-1B petitions (initial and continuing employment) approved by U. In 2016, about 58 percent of Chinese immigrants ages 16 and over were in the civilian labor force, compared to 66 percent and 62 percent of the total foreign- and native-born populations, respectively.
Slightly more than half of Chinese immigrants were employed in management, business, science, and arts occupations, versus 32 percent of the overall foreign-born and 39 percent of the native-born population. Accessed from Steven Ruggles, Katie Genadek, Ronald Goeken, Josiah Grover, and Matthew Sobek.
Chinese immigrants are the third-largest foreign-born group in the United States, after Mexicans and Indians.
Chinese immigration to the United States has consisted of two waves, the first arriving in the mid-1800s and the second from the late 1970s to the present.
Separately, the median income of households headed by immigrants from Hong Kong was much higher, at approximately $99,000.
Reflecting income patterns, Chinese families are less likely to live in poverty than immigrant families overall. Immigration Pathways and Naturalization In 2016, 51 percent of the 2.3 million Chinese immigrants in the United States were naturalized U. citizens, a rate slightly higher than the 49 percent for the overall foreign-born population.
Not shown are Chinese populations in Alaska and Hawaii, which are small in size; for details, visit the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Data Hub for an interactive map showing geographic distribution of immigrants by state and county, available online.
As of 2011-15, New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles were the U. metropolitan areas with the largest number of Chinese immigrants.
Another 25 percent arrived between 20, and 44 percent before 2000 (see Figure 6).
In FY 2015, China was the second largest country of origin, after Mexico, for new lawful permanent residents (LPRs, also known as green-card holders): Close to 77,000 or 7 percent of the 1,051,000 new LPRs were from mainland China, Hong Kong, or Macau.
Together, these four counties accounted for about 28 percent of the overall Chinese population in the United States.