Societal changes drive public policy.  These shifts include an aging population; the growth of high tech and service sector jobs; evolving views on race, ethnicity, and immigration; and changes in family structure.  Pew studies these attitudes and trends and their impact through the use of original public opinion survey research, along with social, economic, and demographic data analysis.  Pew’s work includes a major study of the millennial generation and the distinct path it is forging toward adulthood, with fewer ties to traditional religious and political institutions and more use of social media to build personal networks.

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  • Appendix B: Methodology

    • April 9, 2015

    Data Sources The data in this report mainly come from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey (ACS). The survey collects detailed information on a broad range of topics, including race, country of birth, year of immigration and citizenship. The ACS has a continuous collection design with monthly samples of about 250,000; the nominal […] Read More

  • Chapter 2: Changes in the Black Immigration Population Since 2000

    • April 9, 2015

    Since 2000, the foreign-born black population has grown from 2.4 million to 3.8 million, an increase of 56%. Among this population, the number of black African immigrants grew most—by 137% between 2000 and 2013. By comparison, the black Caribbean immigrant population rose by a third during this period, while the number of black South American […] Read More

  • Chapter 1: Statistical Portrait of the U.S. Black Immigrant Population

    • April 9, 2015

    Black immigrants are a diverse group with notable differences in demographic, economic and geographic characteristics, often tied to the regions of their birth countries. Black immigrants are also notably different from other Americans. For example, immigrant blacks are more likely than U.S.-born blacks to have a college degree or to be married. Compared with all […] Read More

  • A Rising Share of the U.S. Black Population Is Foreign Born

    • April 9, 2015

    A record 3.8 million black immigrants live in the U.S. today, accounting for 8.7% of the nation's black population, nearly triple their share in 1980. While half are from the Caribbean, African immigration has soared since 2000. Read More