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.

November 6, 2015

Who Is Multiracial? Depends on How You Ask

Racial identity is far from a straightforward concept, and when multiple strands of identity come together this has the potential to increase the complexity.

Fact TankOctober 5, 2015

Future immigration will change the face of America by 2065

A snapshot of the U.S. in 2065 would show a nation that has 117 million more people than today, with no racial or ethnic majority group taking the place of today’s white majority.

HispanicSeptember 28, 2015

Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Million to the U.S.

The nation’s foreign-born population has swelled from 10 million in 1965 to a record 45 million in 2015. By 2065, the U.S. will have a projected 78 million immigrants.

Fact TankJune 12, 2015

The changing categories the U.S. has used to measure race

Racial categories used on the U.S. census have changed from decade to decade, reflecting the changing politics and science of the times.

June 11, 2015

Multiracial in America

Multiracial Americans are at the cutting edge of social and demographic change in the U.S.—young, proud, tolerant and growing at a rate three times as fast as the population as a whole.

May 7, 2015

Rising Share of Highly Educated Women Are Becoming Mothers

For women, postgraduate education and motherhood are increasingly going hand-in-hand. Not only are highly-educated women more likely to have kids, they are also having bigger families than in the past.

Fact TankMarch 9, 2015

U.S. immigrant population projected to rise, even as share falls among Hispanics, Asians

Meanwhile, foreign-born shares among whites and blacks are expected to rise, according to new Census Bureau projections.

Fact TankSeptember 30, 2014

5 facts about Indian Americans

Even among Asian Americans, Indian Americans stand out as better educated, higher earning and more Democratic.

Fact TankSeptember 26, 2014

Modi’s visit to U.S. builds on positive feelings between Indians and Americans

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is making his first visit to the U.S. at a time when people in each country have favorable views of each other.

Fact TankJune 26, 2014

U.S. Hispanic and Asian populations growing, but for different reasons

Natural increase (births minus deaths) accounted for 78% of the total change in the U.S. Hispanic population from 2012 to 2013, whereas migration accounted for about 61% of the total change in the Asian-American population.