This research report examines the generational differences in Korean Americans’ socioeconomic attainments in the New York-New Jersey CMSA (Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area) based on the 2006-2010 American Community Surveys. For a better understanding of the generational differences in socioeconomic attainments, it compares the Korean groups with native-born white Americans and other Asian groups in the area (Chinese, Indians, and Filipinos). The paper also highlights gender differences in patterns of the generational differences. It considers educational levels, occupational patterns, socioeconomic conditions, homeownership, and health insurance coverage as the major components of socioeconomic attainments. Generation is divided into first-generation immigrants, the 1.5 generation (those who were born in a foreign country and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 or earlier), and the U.S.-born generation (second or higher generation).
This research report was originally presented at a lecture at Korean Community Services (KCS) at 35-56 159th Street, Flushing, NY 11358 on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. The talk was a part of the Research Center for Korean Community's ongoing lecture series.