Pew Research Center

More than 3.4M Americans trace their ancestry to the Philippines

Where Filipino Americans live, according to 2010 Census data.

As military and humanitarian aid struggles to make its way to the areas hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan, the Filipino American community is organizing relief supplies and efforts to contact loved ones back home.

The Philippines was an American possession until 1946, and the two nations retain close economic, cultural and personal ties. Filipinos are the nation’s second-largest Asian-American group — more than 3.4 million (including 2.3 million adults) trace their ancestry there, according to the 2010 Census. Last year, Filipinos in the U.S. sent $10.6 billion back home; those payments accounted for 43% of all remittances received by the Philippines, according to World Bank data. (The Pew Research Center will be releasing a new report on Latin American remittances later this week and a new report on global remittances later this year.)

Here’s a data portrait of the Filipino-American community, drawn from the Pew Research Center’s 2012 report on Asian Americans: