Washington: Indian women ranked third after their Mexican and Chinese peers among foreign mothers giving birth to children in the US with Asian immigrants increasingly accounting for a larger share, according to the latest study.
Among new foreign-born US mothers from the top 10 sending locations, those from India stand out for their low share of births outside marriage (1%), high rates of college degree attainment (87%) and high annual family incomes (USD 104,500), the Pew Research Center said on Wednesday.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, new mothers from Honduras stand out for the high share who are unmarried (66%), lack a high school diploma (51%) and are living in poverty (49%), it said. “New moms from India stand out on both measures , almost nine-in-ten (87%) have a bachelor’s degree, and their annual median incomes top USD 100,000,” said the study according to which after rising for decades, the share of US babies born to unmarried women has stabilised in recent years, driven by a sharp decline in births outside of marriage among foreign-born women, and a levelling off among US-born women.
According to the report, as per the latest statistics, in 2014 as many as 901,245 babies were born out of foreign-born mothers. Of these, Mexico accounted for the largest share of 287,052, followed by China (44,829) and India (43,364). The 287,000 births to Mexican-born women in 2014 outnumbered all births to women from Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania combined. China and India are the next most common origin countries, babies with mothers from these countries each account for 5% of births to the foreign-born. It said none of the other countries comes even close to India when it comes to education and financial well off.
“The Indian case is particularly extreme, none of the other top sending countries come close in terms of the share of new moms with a bachelor’s degree. Some six-in-ten new mothers from China and about half from the Philippines (52%) have this credential. About a third of new mothers from Vietnam (35%) have a bachelor’s degree, while 18% lack a high school diploma,” the report said.
In terms of financial well-being, Indian-born new mothers have annual median family income more than twice as high (USD 104,500) as new US-born mothers (USD 51,200). At the other end of the financial spectrum, just 4% of Indian-born new mothers are in poverty, compared with 26% of US-born mothers.