THE U.S. ASIAN POPULATION is a diverse one. A record 20 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, each with unique histories, cultures, languages and other characteristics. The 19 largest origin groups together account for 94% of the total Asian population in the U.S.






Click on an origin group below to explore detailed demographic and economic data.



FACT SHEETS ON ASIANS IN THE U.S.



Bangladeshis Indians Nepalese
Bhutanese Indonesians Pakistanis
Burmese Japanese Sri Lankans
Cambodians Koreans Thai
Chinese Laotians Vietnamese
Filipinos Malaysians
Hmong Mongolians


Find detailed information on the methodology for these fact sheets.

Pew Research CenterJuly 19, 2012

Asian Americans and Religion

As their numbers rise, Asian Americans have been largely responsible for the growth of non-Abrahamic faiths in the U.S., particularly Buddhism and Hinduism. At the same time, most Asian Americans belong to the country’s two largest religious groups: Christians and people who say they have no particular religious affiliation.

Pew Research CenterJune 20, 2012

D’Vera Cohn Answers Questions About the “Rise of Asian Americans” Report

Pew Research CenterJune 19, 2012

Map: Asian American Population Maps

Interactive maps showing the Asian American population in the U.S., by county

Pew Research CenterJune 19, 2012

Infographic: The Rise of Asian Americans: Highlights from the Survey

Graphic summary of key findings from the survey of 3,511 Asian-American adults 18 years of age and older living in the United States.

Pew Research CenterJune 19, 2012

Video: The Rise of Asian Americans

Panel discussion on the Pew Research Center’s Asian Americans survey featuring Elaine Chao, Neera Tanden, Benjamin Wu, Karthick Ramakrishnan and Tritia Toyota.

Pew Research CenterJune 19, 2012

The Rise of Asian Americans

Asian Americans are the best-educated, highest-income, fastest-growing race group in the country. Pew Research Center’s new report paints a comprehensive portrait of Asian Americans, examining their demographic characteristics, social and family values, education, economic circumstances and more. The report also explores six subgroups by country of origin.