Asian American Statistics Asian and Pacific Islander Population
& Statistics in the United States:
- As of March 2000, the Asian and Pacific
Islander population in the United States was estimated to be
- America’s Asian and Pacific Islander population
is overwhelmingly foreign-born at 6,706,000. Those foreign-born
are roughly divided between United States citizen and resident
alien, with 3,068,000 in the former category, and 3,638,000
in the latter category.
- With high education attainment and jobs
in the professions, 12 percent of Asian individuals have incomes
of $75,000 or more, compared to 10.9 percent for whites with
that income. Similarly, 32.7 percent of Asian households have
incomes of $75,000 or more, compared with 25 percent of white
households earning that income.
- While Asian American poverty hit a new
low at 10.7 percent, the percent of whites living in poverty
was lower at 7.7 percent.
- The overwhelming majority of Asian households
consists of families – 75.1 percent compared to 67.3 percent
for whites. There were 2.5 million Asian and Pacific Islander
families. Women maintained 13 percent of those family households
with no spouse present, and men maintained 7 percent of those
households with no spouse present.
- Asian American participation in the labor
force closely matches that of whites – 67.2 percent to 66.4
percent. Asian Americans have an employed rate of 96.1 percent
to 96.6 percent for whites, with the unemployment rates at 3.9
percent and 3.4 percent respectively. Asian Americans in the
labor force have 39.3 percent of their number in the managerial
or professional categories, compared to 33.2 percent for whites
in those categories.
- In the area of educational attainment,
among Asian Americans aged 25 years and over, 28.7 percent had
earned at least a bachelor’s degree from college, and 15.3 percent
had advanced degrees. That compares with 18.6 percent of whites
aged 25 years with a bachelor’s degree and 9.5 percent with
an advanced degree.
- In home ownership, whites outpaced Asian
Americans, with 73.6 percent home ownership, compared to 52.9
percent for Asian Americans. America’s Asian and Pacific Island
population was concentrated in the American West with 53.6 percent
living there. The Midwest had the lowest percent at 11.3 percent
of the total. Asians in the Midwest made up only 1.9 percent
of the over-all population there, but made up 9.4 percent of
the population in the West.
- Asian Americans are overwhelmingly found
in metropolitan areas with 47.5 percent in the central urban
areas, 48.2 percent in metropolitan areas outside the central
city. Only 4.3 percent of Asian Americans live in rural areas.
Source: March 2000 Current Population Survey
and 2000 Census Bureau