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Fun Facts: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Carrie Coppernoll Modified: May 2, 2013 at 10:05 am •  Published: May 2, 2013

May is Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month. Let’s celebrate with facts from the U.S. Census!

18.2 million: The estimated number of U.S. residents in 2011 who were Asian, either alone or in combination with one or more additional races.

5.8 million: The Asian alone or in combination population in California in 2011. The state had the largest Asian population, followed by New York (1.7 million). The Asian alone-or-in-combination population represented 57 percent of the total population in Hawaii.

46: Percentage growth of the Asian alone or in combination population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, which was more than any other major race group.

4 million: Number of Asians of Chinese, except Taiwanese, descent in the U.S. in 2011. The Chinese (except Taiwanese) population was the largest Asian group, followed by Filipinos (3.4 million), Asian Indians (3.2 million), Vietnamese (1.9 million), Koreans (1.7 million) and Japanese (1.3 million). These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific detailed Asian group alone, as well as people who reported that detailed Asian group in combination with one or more other detailed Asian groups or another race(s).

$67,885: Median household income for the Asian alone population in 2011. Median household income differed greatly by Asian group. For Asian Indians, for example, the median income in 2011 was $92,418; for Bangladeshi, it was $45,185.

12.8%: The poverty rate for the Asian alone population in 2011.

15.4: Percentage of single-race Asians without health insurance coverage in 2011.

50: The percentage of the Asian alone population 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. This compared with 28.5 percent for all Americans 25 and older.

85.1: The percentage of the Asian alone population 25 and older who had at least a high school diploma. This is not statistically different from the percentage for the total population or the percentage of Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander alone, 86 and 85 percent, respectively.

20.7: The percentage of the Asian alone population 25 and older who had a graduate (e.g., master’s) or professional degree. This compared with 10.6 percent for all Americans 25 and older.

589,000: The additional number of the Asian alone population who voted in the 2008 presidential election than in the 2004 election. All in all, 48 percent of Asians turned out to vote in 2008 — up 4 percentage points from 2004. A total of 3.4 million Asians voted.

1.5 million: Number of businesses owned by Asians in 2007, an increase of 40.4 percent from 2002.

$506 billion: Total receipts of businesses owned by Asians in 2007, up 54.9 percent from 2002.

44.7: Percentage of Asian-owned businesses that operated in repair and maintenance, personal and laundry services; professional, scientific and technical services; and retail trade in 2007.

47.2: Percentage of businesses in Hawaii owned by people of Asian descent. It was 14.9 percent in California and 10.1 percent in New York.

508,969: California had the most Asian-owned firms at 508,969 (32.8 percent of all such firms), followed by New York with 196,825 (12.7 percent) and Texas with 114,297 (7.4 percent).

264,695: The number of the Asian alone population military veterans in 2011. About one in three veterans was 65 and older.

48.5%: The proportion of civilian employed single-race Asians 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations, such as financial managers, engineers, teachers and registered nurses in 2011. Additionally, 17.4 percent worked in service occupations, 21.1 percent in sales and office occupations, 9.6 percent in production, transportation and material moving occupations and 3.3 percent in natural resources, construction and maintenance occupations.

80: Percentage of Asians in 2009 living in a household with Internet use — the highest rate among race and ethnic groups.

33.5: Median age of the Asian alone or in combination population in 2011. The corresponding figure was 37.3 years for the population as a whole.

25.6: Percent of the Asian alone or in combination population that was under age 18 in 2011, while 9.0 percent was 65 or older.

1.4 million: The estimated number of U.S. residents in 2011 who were Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, either alone or in combination with one or more additional races.

359,000: Hawaii had the largest population of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders among the alone or in combination population with 359,000, followed by California (329,000) in 2011. Hawaii had the largest proportion of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (26 percent).

40: Percentage growth of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.

518,000: Number of Native Hawaiians in the U.S. in 2011. The Native Hawaiian population was the largest detailed Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders (NHPI) group, followed by Samoan (174,000) and Guamanian or Chamorro (108,000). These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific detailed NHPI group alone, as well as people who reported that detailed NHPI group in combination with one or more other detailed NHPI groups or another race(s).

$49,378: The median income of households headed by the Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone in 2011.

21.5%: The poverty rate in 2011 Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone population.

18.5: The percentage without health insurance in 2011 for single-race Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders.

14.5: The percentage of the Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2011. This compared with 28.5 percent for the total population.

85.1: The percentage of the Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone 25 and older who had at least a high school diploma in 2011. This compared with 85.9 percent of the total population.

4.3: The percentage of the Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone 25 and older who had obtained a graduate or professional degree in 2011. This compared with 10.6 percent for the total population this age.

37,687: The number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned businesses in 2007, up 30.2 percent from 2002.

$6.3 billion: Total receipts of these businesses in 2007, up 47.7 percent from 2002.

44.5: The percent of all Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned business revenue that construction and retail trade accounted for in 2007.

9.5: The percent of businesses in Hawaii owned by Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders in 2007, highest among all states.

27,469: The number of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone military veterans. About one in five veterans was 65 years and older.

24%: The proportion of civilian employed the Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone 16 and older who worked in management, business, science and arts occupations, such as financial managers, engineers, teachers and registered nurses in 2011. The percents for management, business, science and arts occupations, sales and office occupations and service occupations are not statistically different from one another. Additionally, 25.7 percent worked in service occupations, while 26.6 percent worked in sales and office occupations , 15.2 percent in production, transportation and material moving occupations and 8.6 percent in natural resources, construction and maintenance occupation.

27.1: The median age of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population alone or in combination in 2011. The median age was 37.3 for the population as a whole.

33.5: Percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population that was under age 18 in 2011, while 5.5 percent was 65 or older