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Making Los Angeles HomeThe Integration of Mexican Immigrants in the United States$
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Rafael "Alarcon, Luis Escala, Olga Odgers, and Roger Waldinger

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284852

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284852.001.0001

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Statistical Analysis of Mexican Immigrants’ Integration in the Metropolitan Los Angeles Area

Statistical Analysis of Mexican Immigrants’ Integration in the Metropolitan Los Angeles Area

(p.58) Chapter 3 Statistical Analysis of Mexican Immigrants’ Integration in the Metropolitan Los Angeles Area
Making Los Angeles Home

Rafael Alarcón

Luis Escala

Olga Odgers

, Dick Cluster
University of California Press

This chapter presents the results of the descriptive statistical analysis of integration based on the American Community Survey of 2007, making use of the following indicators: level of educational attainment, English proficiency, naturalization, occupation, and home ownership. Only 39.4 percent of Mexican immigrants, 25 or older, have completed high school, and only 4.7 percent have finished college or undertaken any graduate study—very low percentages in comparison to those of other immigrant groups or the native-born. In relation to English proficiency, Mexican immigrants show comparatively less ability to communicate in that language. Meanwhile, in spite of being the largest immigrant group in the Los Angeles region, only one out of every four Mexicans has acquired U.S. citizenship. In the labor market, Mexican immigrants are concentrated in occupations with low skill levels. Finally, in terms of home ownership, slightly more than 45 percent of Mexican immigrants live in a household that includes the owners of the home.

Keywords:   American Community Survey, educational attainment, English proficiency, naturalization, labor market, home ownership, Mexican immigrants integration

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