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.

U.S. PoliticsJanuary 24, 2017

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.

January 18, 2017

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.

January 10, 2017

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.

Pew Research CenterJanuary 4, 2017

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.

October 26, 2016

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.

HispanicSeptember 20, 2016

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.

Fact TankJuly 7, 2016

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.

Fact TankMay 11, 2016

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.

HispanicApril 19, 2016

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.

Fact TankFebruary 18, 2016

English-speaking Asian Americans stand out for their technology use

Discussions of the “digital divide” often touch on race and ethnicity – and the narrative is usually that whites lead in technology adoption while other racial or ethnic groups struggle to keep up. But that’s not the case for English-speaking Asian Americans.