UCLA Asian American Studies Center: 2018 Statistical Portrait of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center, as an official U.S. Census Information Center (as a co-partner with National Coalition for Asian Pacific Community Development), is pleased to provide this 2018 statistical portrait of the Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations produced by the US Census Bureau for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which will take place in May 2018. The portrait provides current census data, population projections, and internet links that should be useful for research, planning, writing and general educational purposes. Please see the "Editor's note" at the end of this announcement for more information. The first major section provides information on "Asians," while the second major part highlights "Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders."

Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May 2018

In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.

In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration that is now known as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Per a 1997 U.S. Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. Thus, this Facts for Features contains a section for each.

The following facts are made possible by the invaluable responses to the U.S. Census Bureau's surveys. We appreciate the public's cooperation as we continuously measure America's people, places and economy.

Asian Population

21.4 million

The estimated number of Asian alone or in combination residents in the United States in 2016. Source: 2016 Population Estimates

4.9 million

The estimated number of the Asian population of Chinese, except Taiwanese, descent in the United States in 2016. The Chinese (except Taiwanese) population was the largest Asian group, followed by Asian Indian (4.1 million), Filipino (3.9 million), Vietnamese (2.1 million), Korean (1.8 million) and Japanese (1.5 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). Source: 2016 American Community Survey

2.5%

The percentage of Asian alone or in combination military veterans in 2016. Source: 2016 American Community Survey

52.3%

The percentage of the Asian alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had a bachelor's degree or higher level of education in 2016. Source: 2016 American Community Survey

87.2%

The percentage of the Asian alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had at least a high school diploma or equivalency in 2016. Source: 2016 American Community Survey

530,406

The estimated number of Asian-owned employer firms in the United States in 2015. Source: 2015 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs

Voting Rates

More Stats

See a detailed profile on the Asian population from the 2016 American Community Survey. Statistics include:

  • Sex and age
  • Marital status
  • Employment status
  • Occupation
  • Commuting
  • Housing
  • Income

 

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population

1.5 million

The estimated number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination residents of the United States in 2016. Source: 2016 Population Estimates

582,477

The number of Native Hawaiian residents of the United States in 2016. The Native Hawaiian population was the largest detailed Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHPI) group, followed by Samoan (207,003) and Guamanian or Chamorro (150,521). 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). Source: 2016 American Community Survey

7.5%

The percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination military veterans in 2016. Source: 2016 American Community Survey

22.3%

The percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2016. Source: 2016 American Community Survey

88.2%

The percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population age 25 and older with at least a high school diploma or equivalency in 2016. Source: 2016 American Community Survey

4,658

The estimated number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned employer firms in the United States in 2015. Source: 2015 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs

More Stats

See a detailed profile on the Pacific Islander population from the 2016 American Community Survey. Statistics include:

  • Sex and age
  • Marital status
  • Employment status
  • Occupation
  • Commuting
  • Housing
  • Income

The following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Facts for Features series:

African-American History Month (February)
Women's History Month (March)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (July 26)
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Halloween (Oct. 31)
American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Thanksgiving Day/Holiday Season (November-December)

Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; or e-mail: pio@census.gov.

Profile America's Facts for Features provides statistics related to observances and holidays not covered by Stats for Stories. For observances not listed below, visit our Stats for Stories web page.

Profile America's Stats for Stories provides links to timely story ideas highlighting the Census Bureau's newsworthy statistics that relate to current events, observances, holidays, and anniversaries. The story ideas are intended to assist the media in story mining and producing content for their respective audiences. Dates with Presidential Proclamations are marked with (P).

 

 

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