A new Arizona  
Sept. 16, 2007



Howard Fischer  http://epaper.glendaleaztoday.com/Daily/skins/GToday/navigator.asp?AW=1189878807812

 Foreign-born Arizonans rise in number, data show
   Nearly one out of every seven adult males in Arizona is not a U.S. citizen.
   New figures released this week from the U.S. Census Bureau also show that nearly one in five Arizona adults was born in another country. And two out of three foreign-born residents of all ages came from Mexico.
   The data reveal a host of other current information about Arizona and the people who live here. Among the data:
• There are more than three widows for every widower.

• There are more than 1.7 million households with income from one or more sources and more than 627,000 were receiving money from Social Security. Another 417,500 had retirement income, with 520,000 getting at least some money from interest, dividends or rental payments.

• Six percent of Arizona households
• The average family size is 3.3 people.

• About one in three births last year were to women who are not married.

• The average Arizonan with a mortgage spends $1,359 a month on housing costs.

• Nearly 7 percent of Arizonans spend an hour or more getting to work each day.

   The numbers are part of the American Community Survey, an effort by the Census Bureau to look at more than just raw population numbers between the population counts at the end of each decade.
   Some of the figures relate directly to issues in the headlines, such as immigration.
   Census Bureau workers only ask things such as place of birth and citizenship status and do not inquire about whether anyone in a household is in this country legally.
   But the survey results do show some patterns.
   , more than 15 percent of those living in Arizona — and 18.2 percent of adults — were born in another country and not to U.S. parents. Two-thirds of them came from Mexico.
   Of that total, nearly one-third arrived in Arizona since the beginning of the decade. And virtually all of those in this group are not U.S. citizens.
   Another nearly 219,000 came in the prior decade, with only about 12 percent of citizens.
   More than 29 percent of Arizonans list themselves as Hispanic. But among those ages 5 and up, fewer than 25 percent of Arizonans say they speak Spanish.
   Among those who are foreign born, however, about 85 percent speak Spanish. And of those, only about 157,000 say they also speak English very well.
   Arizonans also appear to be a fairly mobile
   More than one in five report they were not living in the same house a year earlier. But twothirds of those said they had just moved from somewhere else in the same county.
   On the education front, 16 percent of those 25 and older had not graduated from high school. Another 27 percent had a high school diploma or equivalent, with 16 percent getting a bachelor’s degree and about 9 percent earning a graduate or professional degree.
   More education also equals more money. An Arizonan without a diploma made an average $19,571 a year. That went up to more than $26,200 for a high school graduate, about $43,800 for a baccalaureate degree holder and $53,498 for a graduate