U.S. Census Bureau
Table 10. Length of Residence in the United States of the Foreign-Born Population: 1900 to 1930 and 1970 to 1990
  Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census
Internet Release date: March 9, 1999

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Length of residence, 1970 to 1990   Length of residence, 1930
Years 1990* 1980* 1970* Years 1930
NUMBER       NUMBER  
           Total 19,767,316 14,079,906 9,739,723            Total 14,204,149
Length reported 19,767,316 14,079,906 9,314,597 Length reported 13,618,533
    Under 5 years 4,875,524 3,335,024 1,721,155 Length reported 1,085,214
    5 to 9 years 3,788,103 2,225,339 1,136,028     5 to 9 years 1,738,185
    10 to 14 years 2,752,855 1,807,814 976,504     10 to 14 years 730,309
    15 to 19 years 2,116,560 1,327,088 790,836     15 to 18 years 1,811,637
    20 years and over 6,234,274 5,384,641 4,690,074     19 years and over 8,253,188
         20 to 24 years 1/ 1,591,123 1,911,384 585,770          19 to 23 years 7/ 3,823,694
         25 to 29 years 2/ 1,201,442 (NA) 323,449          24 to 28 years (NA)
         30 to 34 years 3/ 1,599,021 3,473,257 (NA)          29 to 33 years 8/ 4,429,494
         35 to 39 years 4/ (NA) (NA) 766,150          34 to 38 years (NA)
         40 to 44 years 5/ 1,842,688 (NA) (NA)          39 to 43 years (NA)
         45 to 49 years 6/ (NA) (NA) 1,182,985          44 to 48 years,/TD> (NA)
         50 to 54 years (NA) (NA) (NA)          49 to 53 years (NA)
         55 years and over (NA) (NA) 1,831,720          54 years and over (NA)
Length not reported - - 425,126 Length not reported 585,616
PERCENT DISTRIBUTION       PERCENT DISTRIBUTION  
    Length reported 100.0 100.0 100.0     Length reported 100.0
Under 5 years 24.7 23.7 18.5 Under 5 years 8.0
5 to 9 years 19.2 15.8 12.2 5 to 9 years 12.8
10 to 14 years 13.9 12.8 10.5 10 to 14 years 5.4
15 to 19 years 10.7 9.4 8.5 15 to 18 years 13.3
20 years and over 31.5 38.2 50.4 19 years and over 60.6
Median (years) 12.2 14.1 20.3 Median (years) 20.9

Length of residence, 1900 to 1920
Years 1920 1910 1900
NUMBER      
           Total 13,920,692 13,515,886 10,341,276
Length reported 12,656,332 12,175,067 9,328,623
    Under 4 years 593,099 2,570,123 1,003,866
    4 to 8 years 2,257,864 2,036,022 1,359,231
    9 to 13 years 2,229,868 1,063,699 1,596,930
    14 to 18 years 1,814,264 1,157,513 1,566,448
    19 years and over 5,761,237 5,347,710 3,802,148
Length not reported 1,264,360 1,340,819 1,012,653
PERCENT DISTRIBUTION      
    Length reported 100.0 100.0 100.0
Under 4 years 4.7 21.1 10.8
4 to 8 years 17.8 16.7 14.6
9 to 13 years 17.6 8.7 17.1
14 up to 18 years 14.3 9.5 16.8
19 years and over 45.5 43.9 40.8
Median (years) 17.4 15.8 16.2
* Indicates sample data.
- Represents zero.
(NA) Not available.
1/ For 1980, 20 to 29 years.
2/ For 1970, 25 to 34 years.
3/ For 1990, 30 to 39 years.
For 1980, 30 years and over.
4/ For 1970, 35 to 44 years.
5/ For 1990, 40 years and over.
6/ For 1970, 45 to 54 years.
7/ For 1930, 19 to 28 years.
8/ For 1930, 29 years and over.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Authors: Campbell Gibson and Emily Lennon
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Last Revised: October 31, 2011 at 10:03:05 PM