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

Year Population
2000 19,000
2010 26,000
2015 30,000
2019 38,000

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

Category English proficient
All 78%
U.S. born*** ***
Foreign born 75%
Adults 77%
All Asians 72%

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

Year 0 to 10 years More than 10 years
2000 65% 35%
2010 55% 45%
2015 52% 48%
2019 54% 46%

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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 Malaysian population in the U.S., 2019

Category High school or less Some college Bachelor's degree Postgrad degree
All 21% 14% 34% 31%
U.S. born*** *** *** *** ***
Foreign born 22% 13% 33% 32%
All Asians 27% 19% 30% 24%
All Americans 39% 29% 20% 13%

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U.S. Malaysian population living in poverty, 2019

Group All Americans All Asians All Malaysians
All 13% 10% 16%
U.S. born*** 13% 9% ***
Foreign born 14% 11% 18%

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Top U.S. metropolitan areas by Malaysian population, 2019

Metro area Malaysian population
New York 2,000
Washington 1,000
San Francisco 1,000
Chicago 1,000
Los Angeles 1,000
Houston 1,000
Minneapolis–St. Paul 1,000
Atlanta 1,000
Nashville 1,000
Dallas 1,000

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Demographic characteristics of U.S. Malaysian population, 2019

% (unless otherwise noted)

Among Malaysians in the U.S.
All Asians
in the U.S.
All U.S. born Foreign born
MEDIAN AGE (in years) 34 35 *** 38
AGE
Younger than 5 7 4 *** 2
5-17 17 8 *** 3
18-29 18 29 *** 29
30-39 17 17 *** 19
40-49 14 17 *** 19
50-64 16 18 *** 20
65+ 11 7 *** 8
NATIVITY
U.S. born 43 15
Foreign born 57 85
YEARS IN U.S. (among foreign born)
0-5 years 21 36
6-10 years 13 18
11-15 years 11 10
16-20 years 12 8
21+ years 44 28
CITIZENSHIP (among foreign born)
U.S. citizen 59 31
Not a U.S. citizen 41 69
MARITAL STATUS (18 and older)
Married 59 53 *** 53
Divorced/Separated/Widowed 11 10 *** 10
Never married 30 37 *** 37
FERTILITY (among women ages 15 to 44)
Women who have given birth in the past 12 months 6 *** *** ***
HOUSEHOLD TYPE, BY PERSONS
Married-couple household 71 67 *** 64
Other family household 13 9 *** 9
Non-family household 15 24 *** 27
IN A MULTIGENERATIONAL HOUSEHOLD
Multigenerational household 27 16 *** 16

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 Malaysians 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. Malaysian population, 2019

% (unless otherwise noted)

Among Malaysians in the U.S.
All Asians
in the U.S.
All U.S. born Foreign born
MEDIAN ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME $85,800 *** *** ***
MEDIAN ANNUAL PERSONAL EARNINGS (ages 16 and older with positive earnings)
All $40,000 $43,000 *** $43,000
Full-time, year-round workers $60,000 $65,000 *** ***
EMPLOYMENT STATUS (civilians ages 16 and older)
Employed 64 67 *** 67
Not employed 3 4 *** 3
Not in labor force 34 29 *** 30
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (civilians ages 16 and older in the labor force) 4 5 *** 4
LIVING IN POVERTY
All ages 10 16 *** 18
Younger than 18 10 *** *** ***
18-64 10 17 *** 18
65 and older 12 *** *** ***
HOMEOWNERSHIP (households)
Owner-occupied 59 *** *** ***
Renter-occupied 41 *** *** ***

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 Malaysians 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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