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

Year Population
2000 63,000
2010 95,000
2015 113,000
2019 129,000

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

Category English proficient
All 72%
U.S. born 95%
Foreign born 65%
Adults 69%
All Asians 72%

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

Year 0 to 10 years More than 10 years
2000 62% 38%
2010 45% 55%
2015 37% 63%
2019 31% 69%

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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 Indonesian population in the U.S., 2019

Category High school or less Some college Bachelor's degree Postgrad degree
All 25% 23% 33% 20%
U.S. born*** *** *** *** ***
Foreign born 25% 22% 33% 20%
All Asians 27% 19% 30% 24%
All Americans 39% 29% 20% 13%

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U.S. Indonesian population living in poverty, 2019

Group All Americans All Asians All Indonesians
All 13% 10% 11%
U.S. born 13% 9% 9%
Foreign born 14% 11% 12%

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

Metro area Indonesian population
Los Angeles 14,000
New York 7,000
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA 6,000
San Francisco 4,000
Houston 3,000
Washington 2,000
Dallas 2,000
Boston 2,000
Seattle 2,000
Philadelphia 2,000

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Demographic characteristics of U.S. Indonesian population, 2019


% (unless otherwise noted)

Among Indonesians in the U.S.
All Asians
in the U.S.
All U.S. born Foreign born
MEDIAN AGE (in years) 34 39 18 44
AGE
Younger than 5 7 3 12 <0.5
5-17 17 13 38 4
18-29 18 19 29 16
30-39 17 16 9 19
40-49 14 20 5 26
50-64 16 20 6 24
65+ 11 9 1 12
NATIVITY
U.S. born 43 26
Foreign born 57 74
YEARS IN U.S. (among foreign born)
0-5 years 21 20
6-10 years 13 11
11-15 years 11 13
16-20 years 12 20
21+ years 44 36
CITIZENSHIP (among foreign born)
U.S. citizen 59 46
Not a U.S. citizen 41 54
MARITAL STATUS (18 and older)
Married 59 60 26 66
Divorced/Separated/Widowed 11 10 5 11
Never married 30 30 69 23
FERTILITY (among women ages 15 to 44)
Women who have given birth in the past 12 months 6 5 *** 6
HOUSEHOLD TYPE, BY PERSONS
Married-couple household 71 71 74 70
Other family household 13 13 11 13
Non-family household 15 17 15 17
IN A MULTIGENERATIONAL HOUSEHOLD
Multigenerational household 27 20 19 21

The symbol *** indicates insufficient number of observations to provide a reliable estimate.
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. Due to data limitations, figures for Indonesians based on single-race population only, regardless of Hispanic origin. Figures for 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. Indonesian population, 2019


% (unless otherwise noted)

Among Indonesians in the U.S.
All Asians
in the U.S.
All U.S. born Foreign born
MEDIAN ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME $85,800 $80,000 *** $76,000
MEDIAN ANNUAL PERSONAL EARNINGS (ages 16 and older with positive earnings)
All $40,000 $36,000 $29,000 $37,000
Full-time, year-round workers $60,000 $51,000 *** $51,000
EMPLOYMENT STATUS (civilians ages 16 and older)
Employed 64 64 66 64
Not employed 3 4 4 4
Not in labor force 34 32 30 32
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (civilians ages 16 and older in the labor force) 4 5 6 5
LIVING IN POVERTY
All ages 10 11 9 12
Younger than 18 10 10 8 ***
18-64 10 12 10 12
65 and older 12 7 *** ***
HOMEOWNERSHIP (households)
Owner-occupied 59 55 *** 57
Renter-occupied 41 44 *** 43

The symbol *** indicates insufficient number of observations to provide a reliable estimate.
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. Due to data limitations, figures for Indonesians based on single-race population only, regardless of Hispanic origin. Figures for 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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