Asian Pacific American Stats & Facts

From food to technology to entertainment, Asian-American influence continues to rise in the U.S. and is spanning across the country. 

Still the nation’s fastest-growing population segment, Asian-Americans are about 20.5 million strong and represent 6% of the U.S. population. From 2009-2014, the Asian-American population grew 25%. With immigration from Asian countries continuing to boost the American population, U.S. Census projections show the Asian-American population will reach 25.7 million by 2019. Increasingly diverse, Asian-Americans will outnumber U.S. Hispanics by 2055 according to U.S. Census Bureau projections...Read more... 

Asian-Americans are Expanding their Footprint in the U.S. and Making an Impact. Nielsen. May 19, 2016.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are projected to become the largest immigrant group in the United States by 2055, according to Pew Research. AAPI buying power has grown 222 

percent, to $891 billion, since 2000, according to the Nielsen report. In addition to consumer behavior, the report found that AAPI women are majority or equal owners in 43 percent of AAPI-owned businesses.  

Asian-American Female Buying Power, Influence Rapidly Growing: Nielsen Report. May 8, 2017.  

Key Facts about Asian Americans, a Diverse and Growing Population

The U.S. Asian population is diverse. A record 20 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, each with unique histories, cultures, languages and other characteristics.

The 19 largest origin groups together account for 94% of the total Asian population in the U.S. New fact sheets for each of these Asian origin groups accompany this blog post. Each describes key demographic and economic characteristics of each group.

Here are some key findings about the nation’s Asian-origin population: The U.S. Asian population grew 72% between 2000 and 2015 (from 11.9 million to 20.4 million), the fastest growth rate of any major racial or ethnic group. By comparison, the population of the second-fastest growing group, Hispanics, increased 60% during the same period...Read more...

Key Facts about Asian Americans, a Diverse and Growing Population. Pew Research by Gustavo Lopez, Neil G. Ruiz, and Eileen Patten. September 8, 2017.

According to the Pew Research Center in a recent study on Social & Demographic Trends titled, "The Rise of Asian Americans", Asian Americans are the highest-income, best-educated and fastest-growing racial group in the U.S, with Asians now making up the largest share of recent immigrants. The survey finds Asian Americans are more satisfied than the general public with their lives, finances and the direction of the country, and they place a greater value on marriage, parenthood, hard work and career success.

To view the full report, please click here.  To view a brief overview with graphics, please click here

Asian groups in the U.S., 2015
Population estimates for the 19 largest Asian-origin groups in the U.S. (based on self-described race or ethnicity)


Additional Information can be found through the following links:

Asian American-Owned Business Growth & Global Reach

U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency.

The Asian Population: 2010

2010 Census Briefs. March 2012. Elizabeth M. Hoeffel, Sonya Rastogi, Myoung Ouk Kim, and Hasan Shahid

USCIS Multi-Lingual Resource Center

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services.  U.S. Department of Homeland Security Web site. 

The Rise of Asian Americans

Pew Research Center: Pew Social & Demographic Trends.  June 19, 2012

U.S. Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners: Asian-Owned Business, 2007 

Census Bureau Economic Data.  April 28, 2011

Minority Business Development Agency: Minority-Owned Business Growth & Global Reach

U.S. Department of Commerce. Revised February, 2011

Revenues for Asian-Owned Firms Surpass $326 Billion, Number of Businesses Up 24 Percent

U.S. Census Bureau News. May 16, 2006

News Releases: Census Bureau Reports the Number of Asian-Owned Businesses Increased at More Than Twice the National Rate

Census 2010: Population Explosion in Oakland Township 

By Jen Anesi. Oakland Township Patch. March 22, 2011

Asian American population grows fastest among ethnic groups

By Dave Phillips. The Daily Tribune. March 31, 2011