Table 17 Legal and illegal distributions from ACS 2007—with immigrants since 2000

From: Empirical characteristics of legal and illegal immigrants in the USA

  All ACS Illegal Legal
  ACS DHS ACS NIS
Below elementary 0.0717 0.0718   0.0716 0.0845
Elementary 0.1558 0.1691   0.1051 0.1277
Junior 0.1341 0.1362   0.1261 0.1517
High school 0.2921 0.2929   0.2891 0.2705
Some college 0.2484 0.2291   0.3217 0.2634
Higher education 0.0979 0.1009   0.0865 0.1023
Married with sp 0.4307 0.3975   0.5571 0.8063
Married no sp 0.1489 0.1584   0.1127 0.0475
Single 0.4196 0.4431   0.3300 0.1462
European 0.0926 0.0678 0.0200 0.1870 0.1427
Asian 0.2528 0.2163 0.1200 0.3915 0.3282
American 0.2386 0.2470 0.2400 0.2065 0.2548
African 0.0513 0.0282 0.0200 0.1394 0.1000
Mexican 0.3647 0.4406 0.5900 0.0757 0.1743
Sex 0.4667 0.4407 0.4400 0.5657 0.5140
California 0.2128 0.2145 0.2400 0.2064 0.0000
Texas 0.1038 0.1115 0.1400 0.0746 0.0000
Florida 0.0974 0.0953 0.0800 0.1052 0.0000
Arizona 0.0328 0.0364 0.0500 0.0192 0.0000
New York 0.0944 0.0889 0.0500 0.1156 0.0000
  1. Data: ACS 2007, excluding students, Canadians and Australians, and including professionals. Benchmarks:
  2. DHS = estimation on illegal demographics by the Department of Homeland Security; see Hoefer et al. (2008)
  3. NIS = statistics on legal green card holders from the 2003 NIS (also used in computing the weights). Estimation using the legal/illegal probability weights from ACS 2007, Table 3 (sampling weights rescaled to account for differences in nonresponse rates). For a description of education categories, see footnotes to Table 3