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

Year Population
2000 9,000
2010 59,000
2015 140,000
2019 198,000

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

Category English proficient
All 51%
U.S. born 85%
Foreign born 48%
Adults 47%
All Asians 72%

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

Year 0 to 10 years More than 10 years
2000 -- --
2010 -- --
2015 83% 17%
2019 74% 26%

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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 Nepalese population in the U.S., 2019

Category High school or less Some college Bachelor's degree Postgrad degree
All 42% 13% 22% 23%
U.S. born*** *** *** *** ***
Foreign born 43% 13% 21% 23%
All Asians 27% 19% 30% 24%
All Americans 39% 29% 20% 13%

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U.S. Nepalese population living in poverty, 2019

Group All Americans All Asians All Nepalese
All 13% 10% 17%
U.S. born 13% 9% 15%
Foreign born 14% 11% 17%

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

Metro area Nepalese population
Dallas 15,000
New York 12,000
Washington 10,000
San Francisco 7,000
Baltimore 7,000
Boston 6,000
Atlanta 5,000
Pittsburgh 5,000
Akron, OH 5,000
Chicago 5,000

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Demographic characteristics of U.S. Nepalese population, 2019

% (unless otherwise noted)

Among Nepalese in the U.S.
All Asians
in the U.S.
All U.S. born Foreign born
MEDIAN AGE (in years) 34 30 5 32
AGE
Younger than 5 7 9 48 1
5-17 17 17 40 12
18-29 18 24 6 27
30-39 17 24 4 29
40-49 14 14 1 17
50-64 16 8 1 10
65+ 11 4 1 5
NATIVITY
U.S. born 43 17
Foreign born 57 83
YEARS IN U.S. (among foreign born)
0-5 years 21 41
6-10 years 13 33
11-15 years 11 15
16-20 years 12 5
21+ years 44 6
CITIZENSHIP (among foreign born)
U.S. citizen 59 32
Not a U.S. citizen 41 68
MARITAL STATUS (18 and older)
Married 59 70 *** 71
Divorced/Separated/Widowed 11 6 *** 6
Never married 30 24 *** 23
FERTILITY (among women ages 15 to 44)
Women who had a birth in the past 12 months 6 9 *** 9
HOUSEHOLD TYPE, BY PERSONS
Married-couple household 71 78 88 75
Other family household 13 12 6 13
Non-family household 15 11 6 12
IN A MULTIGENERATIONAL HOUSEHOLD
Multigenerational household 27 28 25 28

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 Nepalese 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. Nepalese population, 2019

% (unless otherwise noted)

Among Nepalese in the U.S.
All Asians
in the U.S.
All U.S. born Foreign born
MEDIAN ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME $85,800 $55,000 *** $55,700
MEDIAN ANNUAL PERSONAL EARNINGS (ages 16 and older with positive earnings)
All $40,000 $26,000 *** $26,000
Full-time, year-round workers $60,000 $36,000 *** $36,000
EMPLOYMENT STATUS (civilians ages 16 and older)
Employed 64 67 *** 67
Not employed 3 4 *** 4
Not in labor force 34 30 *** 29
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (civilians ages 16 and older in the labor force) 4 5 *** 5
LIVING IN POVERTY
All ages 10 17 15 17
Younger than 18 10 18 13 25
18-64 10 16 *** 16
65 and older 12 *** *** ***
HOMEOWNERSHIP (households)
Owner-occupied 59 33 *** 33
Renter-occupied 41 67 *** 67

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 Nepalese 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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