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Asian immigrants lead in naturalization

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Asian immigrants are more likely than other U.S. residents to be married and to live in multigenerational households, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.

They are also more likely than other immigrants to be naturalized U.S. citizens, the bureau said in a report on its findings in the 2011 American Community Survey. The survey found 58 percent of foreign-born Asians living in the United States have become citizens, while 40 percent of other immigrants have.

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The biggest Asian group comes from China, with 2.2 million immigrants, followed by India, 1.9 million, the Philippines, 1.8 million, Vietnam, 1.3 million, and Korea, 1.1 million.

The survey found 65.8 percent of Asian immigrants are married, compared to 58.3 percent of all immigrants and 46.5 percent of those born in the United States. While 9.4 percent of Asian immigrants live in households with three or more generations under one roof, only 4.9 percent of U.S.-born residents do.

Four states are home to more than half of Asian immigrants -- California with 3.7 million; New York, 1.2 million; Texas, 778,000; and New Jersey, 593,000.

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