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.
Find detailed information on the methodology for these fact sheets.
Where refugees to the U.S. come from
Of the 84,995 refugees admitted to the United States in fiscal year 2016, the largest numbers came from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, Burma (Myanmar) and Iraq.
115th Congress sets new high for racial, ethnic diversity
Almost one-in-five voting members of the House and Senate are a racial or ethnic minority, making the 115th U.S. Congress the most diverse in history.
U.S. still has a ways to go in meeting Obama’s goal of producing more college grads
As Obama’s time in office nears its end, the U.S. remains short of his goal to produce more college graduates by 2020.
Blacks and Hispanics face extra challenges in getting home loans
Black and Hispanic mortgage applicants are denied more frequently than whites and Asians, and when they do obtain mortgages they tend to pay higher rates.
Among high school seniors, interest in science varies by race, ethnicity
Asian and Pacific Islander high school seniors are the most likely to say they like science, while blacks are the least likely.
Births Outside of Marriage Decline for Immigrant Women
Long-term growth in total U.S. births has been driven by the foreign born, who accounted for 23% of all babies born in 2014.
Overall Number of U.S. Unauthorized Immigrants Holds Steady Since 2009
The estimated total – 11.1 million in 2014 – has steadied since the end of the recession as the number declined from Mexico but grew from other countries.
Biggest share of whites in U.S. are Boomers, but for minority groups it’s Millennials or younger
There were more 24-year-olds in the U.S. than people of any other age in 2015. But for white Americans, 55 was the most common age.
The challenges of polling Asian Americans
Why aren’t Asian Americans shown as a separate group when differences among whites, blacks and Hispanics are discussed in survey reports? It’s a good question, so we put together a summary of some of the methodological and other issues on accurately polling U.S. Asians.
Statistical Portrait of the Foreign-Born Population in the United States, 2014
There were a record 42.2 million immigrants living in the U.S. in 2014, making up 13.2% of the nation’s population.