Immigrants Have Higher Education Levels, Which May Contribute To Housing Crunch

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September 29, 2016

The typical immigrant is no longer just sacrificing for future generations. Immigrants today have the skills and the means to live a good life right now.

Conor Sen, a contributor to Bloomberg, found that the average education attainment level has increased for immigrants from China, Mexico, and the rest of Latin America.

Well-educated immigrants tend to desire, and can afford, the same kinds of neighborhoods that well-educated native-born Americans do: suburban neighborhoods with good schools. These neighborhoods often are the kinds of stable, desirable communities that have strict limits on density and new construction, restraining the housing supply, so an influx of educated immigrants has the effect of raising prices and pricing out some native-born residents (and less educated immigrants).

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