Washington: As a group, immigrant families tend to be more stable than families of native-born Americans with Indian Americans ranking at the top in family stability, according to an analysis of census data by the Institute of Family Studies (IFS), a Virginia-based think tank.
Almost all (first-generation) Indian immigrants with children are stably married (94%), according to the IFS analysis of the 30 largest groups of working-age immigrants in the US in the 2019 American community survey. About 4% are remarried, and the share of unmarried Indian immigrants with children is only 2%.
Family stability is also higher among immigrants from other parts of Asia, such as Bangladesh (90%), Pakistan (87%), Taiwan, Korea, China, and Japan, the study noted. More than 80% of immigrant families from these countries comprise two stably married adults with their children.
The conventional wisdom that higher education and higher income drive family stability applies to immigrant families to some extent, says the report. For example, immigrants from Asia tend to have higher educational levels than other immigrants and their family stability is also higher. More than six-in-ten Asian immigrants with children are college-educated (64%), compared with 13% of their Hispanic peers.
And Indian immigrants not only top the list of family stability but also are one of the most highly educated and financially successful immigrant groups, IFS noted.
Native-born Asian Americans with children are less likely to be in a stable marriage than first-generation Asian immigrants (78% vs. 85%), even though their income is higher.
While Indian immigrants have the highest family stability: 94% of Indian immigrants with children are stably married, the share of intact marriage drops to 87% among native-born Indian Americans with children, the study noted.