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Asians/Pacific Islanders: Demographics

There are approximately 13.8 million Asians and 764,000 Pacific Islanders in the United States.  

The ten states with the largest API populations in 2000 were:

  • California

  • New York

  • Hawaii

  • Texas

  • New Jersey

  • Illinois

  • Washington

  • Florida

  • Virginia

  • Massachusetts 

                  The ten largest Asian ethnicities are, in order:

                • Chinese  
                • Asian Indian
                • Filipino
                • Vietnamese
                • Korean
                • Japanese
                • Laotian
                • Pakistani
                • Cambodian
                • Hmong
                • Thai

                The six largest Pacific Islander ethnicities are, in order:

                • Native Hawaiian
                • Samoan 
                • Guamanian
                • Tongan
                • Fijian
                • Marshallese

                According to the 2000 census, the poverty rate for Asians was 12 percent, similar to the national average of 12.6 percent—but among individual ethnicities, poverty rates varied from 6.3 percent to 37.8 percent. The poverty rate for Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders was 17.7 percent.

                Check out "The American Community -- Asians: 2004." It's part of the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and offers the most recent portrait of this group in the United States. (Issued February 2007)

                Visit the U.S. Census Bureau's American Factfinder for the most up-to-date information.

                RELATED LINKS

                • This is Why We Are
                • anc_dyn_linksAsians/Pacific Islanders: Community Issues