Filipino population in the U.S., 2000-2019

Year Population
2000 2,365,000
2010 3,417,000
2015 3,899,000
2019 4,211,000

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English proficiency of Filipino population in the U.S., 2019

Category English proficient
All 84%
U.S. born 98%
Foreign born 72%
Adults 81%
All Asians 72%

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Length of time in the U.S. for Filipino immigrants, 2000-2019

Year 0 to 10 years More than 10 years
2000 36% 64%
2010 31% 69%
2015 28% 72%
2019 25% 75%

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Year 0 to 10 years More than 10 years
2000 44% 56%
2010 36% 64%
2015 34% 66%
2019 34% 66%

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Educational attainment of Filipino population in the U.S., 2019

Category High school or less Some college Bachelor's degree Postgrad degree
All 22% 30% 38% 10%
U.S. born 22% 35% 31% 12%
Foreign born 22% 27% 41% 9%
All Asians 27% 19% 30% 24%
All Americans 39% 29% 20% 13%

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U.S. Filipino population living in poverty, 2019

Group All Americans All Asians All Filipinos
All 13% 10% 7%
U.S. born 13% 9% 7%
Foreign born 14% 11% 6%

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Top 10 U.S. metropolitan areas by Filipino population, 2019

Metro area Filipino population
Los Angeles 506,000
San Francisco 310,000
New York 236,000
Honolulu 214,000
San Diego 201,000
Las Vegas 147,000
Chicago 145,000
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA 136,000
Seattle 115,000
San Jose, CA 109,000

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Demographic characteristics of U.S. Filipino population, 2019

% (unless otherwise noted)

Among Filipinos in the U.S.
All Asians
in the U.S.
All U.S. born Foreign born
MEDIAN AGE (in years) 34 36 21 50
AGE
Younger than 5 7 6 11 <0.5
5-17 17 17 31 4
18-29 18 17 24 10
30-39 17 14 14 14
40-49 14 14 9 19
50-64 16 18 7 29
65+ 11 13 3 23
NATIVITY
U.S. born 43 50
Foreign born 57 50
YEARS IN U.S. (among foreign born)
0-5 years 21 14
6-10 years 13 11
11-15 years 11 12
16-20 years 12 11
21+ years 44 52
CITIZENSHIP (among foreign born)
U.S. citizen 59 71
Not a U.S. citizen 41 29
MARITAL STATUS (18 and older)
Married 59 54 37 65
Divorced/Separated/Widowed 11 14 9 17
Never married 30 32 54 19
FERTILITY (among women ages 15 to 44)
Women who have given birth in the past 12 months 6 5 4 6
HOUSEHOLD TYPE, BY PERSONS
Married-couple household 71 69 68 71
Other family household 13 17 17 17
Non-family household 15 14 15 12
IN A MULTIGENERATIONAL HOUSEHOLD
Multigenerational household 27 34 29 39

Note: Family households are those with a household head and one or more persons living in the household who are related to the household head by birth, marriage or adoption. Households with a household head and an unmarried partner are only considered family households if there are other persons in the household who are related to the household head by birth, marriage or adoption. Multigenerational households are households with two or more adult generations or one that includes grandparents and grandchildren. Figures may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Figures for Filipinos and all Asians based on mixed-race and mixed-group populations, regardless of Hispanic origin. See methodology for more detail.
Source: Pew Research Center analysis of 2017-2019 American Community Survey (IPUMS).

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Economic characteristics of U.S. Filipino population, 2019

% (unless otherwise noted)

Among Filipinos in the U.S.
All Asians
in the U.S.
All U.S. born Foreign born
MEDIAN ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME $85,800 $90,400 $87,000 $93,200
MEDIAN ANNUAL PERSONAL EARNINGS (ages 16 and older with positive earnings)
All $40,000 $38,000 $35,000 $40,000
Full-time, year-round workers $60,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000
EMPLOYMENT STATUS (civilians ages 16 and older)
Employed 64 67 70 65
Not employed 3 3 4 2
Not in labor force 34 30 27 33
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (civilians ages 16 and older in the labor force) 4 4 5 3
LIVING IN POVERTY
All ages 10 7 7 6
Younger than 18 10 7 7 6
18-64 10 6 8 5
65 and older 12 7 7 7
HOMEOWNERSHIP (households)
Owner-occupied 59 61 53 65
Renter-occupied 41 39 47 35

Note: The household population excludes persons living in institutions, college dormitories and other group quarters. Households are classified by the race or detailed Asian group of the head. “Full-time, year-round workers” are defined as people ages 16 and older who usually worked at least 35 hours per week and at least 48 weeks in the past year. The share of the population ages 16 and older who are not employed differs from the unemployment rate because the share not employed is based on the total population, while the unemployment rate is based on those who are in the labor force (i.e. working or looking for work). Poverty status is determined for individuals in housing units and non-institutional group quarters. It is unavailable for children younger than 15 who are not related to the householder, people living in institutional group quarters and people living in college dormitories or military barracks. Due to the way in which the IPUMS assigns poverty values, these data will differ from those provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Figures may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Figures for Filipinos and all Asians based on mixed-race and mixed-group populations, regardless of Hispanic origin. See methodology for more detail.
Source: Pew Research Center analysis of 2017-2019 American Community Survey (IPUMS).

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