The US Census Bureau through the American Community Survey interviews over 2 million households a year. This survey asks people where they were born and whether they are U.S. citizens, but it does not ask if they are here illegally. This yields a total number for the “foreign-born” population. The survey also collects detailed information on a broad range of topics, including year of immigration, number of children, marital status and so on.
This number is arrived at by subtracting from the total the number of foreign-born residents who are known for certain to be in the US legally. Among them are naturalized citizens, people who have permanent resident status (green cards), and people who have been admitted as refugees.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) keeps records of the first two groups and the Department of Health and Human Services keeps careful records of the third. By subtracting the number of people who are known for certain to be in the US legally from the overall number of foreign-born, an estimate of unauthorized residents is arrived at.
Not all undocumented people take part in surveys, and as such it is important to assume there is an “under count.” According to Pew Research, to estimate the total number of unauthorized immigrants in the country, it must be adjusted for those left out. Similarly, the estimated number of lawful immigrants appearing in the survey must be adjusted for under count to arrive at the total foreign-born population. As per Pew Research, the adjustment is in the range of 5%-13%.
Based on the 2018 estimates by American Community Survey, these are the trends of the Kenyans community in America.
- The bureau estimates the number of Kenyans in America to be between 135,132 and 157, 988.
- 49.8% of Kenyans in America are male; 50.2% female.
- Majority of Kenyans in America (21.7%) are between the ages of 35 and 44.
- The median average age of Kenyans in America is 34.6 years.
- 2% of Kenyans in America are below the age of 34
- 8% of Kenyans in America are above the age of 62 years
- The average family of Kenyans in America has 3 children.
- The data doesn’t say the average number of wives for each man
- 2% of Kenyans in America are divorcees while 3.6% are separated.
- 3% of Kenyans in America have never tasted marriage. Are they abstaining waiting for the better half? The data doesn’t say.
- 55% of Kenyan men in America have a bachelor’s degree or higher. 44% of Kenyan women in America have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
- In the last 12 months, only 3,941 Kenyan women in America have given birth.
- In the last one year, 2.8% of Kenyans in America have moved residency from one state to another
- 77, 575 Kenyans in America are US Citizens.
- 21% of Kenyans in America moved to the country before 2000.
- 45% of Kenyans in America moved to the country between 2000 and 2009
- 77% of Kenyans in America are in labor force. This is an important number to watch as it is used to compare the most hardworking immigrants.
- 46% of Kenyans in America who are in civilian labor force are likely to be in Educational Service & Healthcare and Social Assistance.
- 2% of Kenyans in America who are in civilian labor force are employed by government
- The median household income for Kenyans in America is $72,133
- The median income of a Male Kenyan in America is $55K
- The median income of a Female Kenyan in America is $48K
- 13% of Kenyans in America HAVE NO insurance coverage.
- 17% of Kenyans in America are considered poor.
- 23,573 Kenyans in America own a home
- The median value of the homes owned is $288K