What is a multi-generational household? It's when Abuela lives upstairs and helps take care of the kids, or when your parents take your unemployed brother back in, or any combination involving two or more adult generations under one roof. Or sometimes it's a skipped-generation household, with grandparents raising a grandchild.
And these households are on the rise, with Latinos and Asians topping the list of those most likely to do it. That in itself is not a bad thing, as generations living together is a tradition that many immigrant families are at least relatively comfortable with. The reasons behind the spike? Not so comfortable. According to a report from the Pew Research Center, the growth in the number of multi-generational U.S. households in recent years coincides with the Great Recession.
Source: Pew Research Center
A report highlighted in an earlier post today questioned the long-term upward mobility of immigrants in the United States, in light of the recession and a predicted slow recovery. And at least as far as Latinos are concerned, the numbers in another new report seem to bear out the economic beating some have taken.
According to the Pew Research Center, Latinos' median household wealth plummeted between 2005 and 2009. From the summary:
Median household wealth among Hispanics fell from $18,359 in 2005 to $6,325 in 2009. The percentage drop—66%—was the largest among all racial and ethnic groups, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project. During the same period, median household wealth declined 53% among black households and 16% among white households.
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We already know that Latinos accounted for more than half the nation's population growth in the last decade.
Today the Pew Research Center broadened the minority growth picture in its Daily Number feature, distilling this nugget from the 2010 Census: The U.S. population growth between 2000 and 2010 was driven almost exclusively by racial and ethnic minorities.
From the post:
Overall, racial and ethnic minorities accounted for 91.7% of the nation's population growth over the past 10 years.
The non-Hispanic white population has accounted for only the remaining 8.3% of the nation's growth. Hispanics were responsible for 56% of the nation's population growth over the past decade. There are now 50.5 million Latinos living in the U.S. according to the 2010 Census, up from 35.3 million in 2000, making Latinos the nation's largest minority group and 16.3% of the total population. There are 196.8 million whites in the U.S. (accounting for 63.7% of the total population), 37.7 million blacks (12.2%) and 14.5 million Asians (4.7%). Six million non-Hispanics, or 1.9% of the U.S. population, checked more than one race.
Tomorrow's Congressional hearing on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism is likely to be remembered as a key moment defining racial and ethnic relations in the United States in the post-9/11 era. New York's Rep. Peter King, the Republican chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, has defended the hearing as "absolutely essential;" American Muslims, along with other immigrant groups and civil rights advocates, have condemned it as government-sanctioned xenophobia.
At the heart of the conversation are American Muslims, perhaps the nation's least-understood minority. Here are a few details about a segment of the U.S. population that numbers more than 2 million:
A Pew Research Center study from 2007 identified American Muslims as "mostly middle class and mainstream." While predominantly immigrants, the study found them to be generally more integrated into American society and culture and more affluent than their immigrant counterparts in Europe.