Asian Americans are Americans with origins in Asia.

2010 US Census definition of the “Asian” race category:

“Asian” refers to a person having origins in any of the original peoples
of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including,
for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan,
the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. It includes people who
indicated their race(s) as “Asian” or reported entries such as “Asian
Indian,” “Chinese,” “Filipino,” “Korean,” “Japanese,” “Vietnamese,” and
“Other Asian” or provided other detailed Asian responses.”  (page 3)



There are 17.3 million Asian Americans (including mixed race) or 5.6% of the total population.

Includes 14.7 million Asian Americans, Asian alone and
2.6 million Asian Americans with one or more additional races.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Brief – Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin 

Our median age is 35.4 years old (of single-race Asian Americans in 2010.)

[Of all Americans, the median age is 37.2 years old.]

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Summary File 1, Tables P13 and P13D

We mostly live in California: 5.6 million Asian alone or in combination.

#2 New York, 1.6 million
#3 Texas, 1,155,009
#4 New Jersey, 812,989
#5 Hawaii, 784,550
#6 Illinois, 681,165
#7 Washington, 624,622
#8 Florida, 585,292
#9 Virginia, 542,341
#10 Pennsylvania, 414,861

Hawaii has the highest proportion of Asian Americans, 57%.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Fact Finder table B02011

We’re the fastest growing major race group in America: 46% between 2000 and 2010 censuses.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File, Custom Table 3

We’re mostly Chinese (does not include Taiwanese): 3.8 million

Filipinos: 3.4 million
Asian Indian: 3.2 million
Vietnamese: 1.7 million
Korean: 1.7 million
Japanese: 1.3 million

(Numbers above include a specific Asian group alone, and people who reported that Asian group in combination with one or more other Asian groups or races.)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census, Table QT-P8

2.8 million speak Chinese at home (5 and older)

After Spanish, Chinese is the most widely spoken non-English language.
More than 1 million people speak Tagalog, Vietnamese and Korean at home.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey, Table B16001

Our median household income is $67,022 for single-race Asians.

There’s a huge disparity:  for example, Asian Indians: $90,711 whereas Bangladeshi: $48,471.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey, Table B19013D and Table S0201, here and here

12% of us live below the poverty line.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010

We’re highly educated. 50% of single-race Asians 25 and older have a bachelor’s degree or higher. [Compared with 28 percent for all Americans 25 and older.]

20% of single-race Asians 25 and older have a graduate or professional degree.  [Compared with 10% of all Americans 25 and older.]

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey, Tables B15002D and S1501

265,200 of us have served this country (single race Asian military veterans).

About one in three veterans was 65 years and older.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey, Table B21001D

48% of us 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations, such as financial managers, engineers, teachers and registered nurses. (civilian, single race Asians).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey, Table B24010D

We own 1.5 million businesses.

This is in 2007, an increase of 40.4 percent from 2002.

Source:  U.S. Census Bureau, 2007 Survey of Business Owners via American FactFinder

80% of us live in a household with Internet access.

This is the highest rate among race and ethnic groups.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Reported Internet Usage for Households, by selected Householder Characteristics; Current Population Survey: 2009

There will be 34.4 million of us in 2060. (8.2% of the total US population)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Projections Show a Slower Growing, Older, More Diverse Nation a Half Century from Now



*Much of the statistics and some of the text above are from a March 2012 US Census press release for the occasion of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. (It’s in May.)

[“Copyright protection is not available for any work of the United States Government (Title 17 U.S.C., Section 105). Thus you are free to reproduce census materials as you see fit.”*]

Thank you, US Census.

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