Poverty Study Key Findings: Immigration
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Figure 1: Foreign Born Residents by Geography, 2015
- As Figure 1 shows, Forsyth County has a larger foreign born population than most of its peer communities in 2015.
- Foreign born residents are more likely face some obstacles which increase their risk of being in poverty, such as limited English fluency and lower levels of education.
*Bars of a lighter color indicate no statistical difference compared to Forsyth County.
Figure 2: Poverty Rates by Nativity and Race/Ethnicity in Forsyth County, 2010-2014
- Figure 2 shows that foreign born residents who are Hispanic / Latino have higher poverty rates than native born residents and non-Hispanic foreign born residents.
Figure 3: Hispanic/Latino Populations within Foreign Born Populations by Geography, 2014
- Figure 3 shows that foreign born residents in Forsyth County are more likely to be Hispanic / Latino than foreign born residents in all other peer communities.
- It is important to note that the segment of the foreign born population at the highest risk of poverty is relatively large in Forsyth County.
Figure 4: Education of Residents 25 and Over by Nativity and Race/Ethnicity in Forsyth County, 2010-2014
- Figure 4 shows that Foreign born Hispanic / Latino residents have lower educational levels than other groups, which could contribute to high rates of poverty in this population.
Figure 5: Linguistic Isolation for Residents Aged 18 to 64 by Nativity and Race/Ethnicity in Forsyth County, 2010-2014
- A household lives in linguistic isolation if no one in the household over the age of 13 speaks English exclusively or speaks English 'very well'.
- Figure 5 shows that adults are more likely to live in linguistic isolation when they are foreign born and when they are Hispanic / Latino.
- Linguistic isolation is associated with higher poverty rates, and could contribute to the higher poverty rates found in the foreign born Hispanic / Latino community.