The Homeownership Hierarchies of Canada and the United States: the Housing Patterns of White and Non-White Immigrants of the Past Thirty Years

Michael Haan, University of Alberta
Zhou Yu, University of Utah

In this research, two gaps in North American immigrant homeownership research are addressed. The first concerns the lack of studies (especially in Canada) that identify changes in homeownership rates by skin color over time, and the second relates to the shortage of comparative research between Canada and the United States on this topic. Here the homeownership levels and attainment rates of Black, Chinese, Filipino, White, and South Asian immigrants are compared in Canada and the United States for 1970/1-2000/1. For the most part, greater similarities than differences are found between the two countries. Both Canadian and U.S. Chinese and White immigrants have the highest adjusted homeownership rates of all groups, at times even exceeding comparably-positioned native-born households. Black immigrants, on the other hand, tend to have the lowest ownership rates of all groups, particularly in United States, with Filipinos and South Asians situated between these extremes.

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Presented in Session 152: Cross-national Dimensions of Racial/Ethnic Issues