Asians in America: A Demographic Overview

Immigration Policy Center
Date of Publication: 
April, 2012
Source Organization: 
American Immigration Council

Asians in the United States are a highly diverse group that is growing fast not only in size but also in political and economic power. As data from the 2010 Census and other sources demonstrate, Asians comprise the fastest growing race group in the country. Two-thirds of all Asians are immigrants, the majority of whom have put down firm roots in this country. Nearly three-fifths of foreign-born Asians are naturalized U.S. citizens who are eligible to vote, and more than half speak English "very well" or better.

Asians as a whole (both foreign-born and native-born) are sizeable shares of the population and electorate in Hawaii and California, although their numbers are growing most rapidly in Nevada and Arizona. Of the major Asian groups, the Chinese population is the largest in size, but the number of Asian Indians is increasing the fastest. Asians tend to be well-educated, to work in professional jobs, and to own their own homes. They also wield significant economic clout. Asian businesses and consumers sustain millions of jobs and add hundreds of billions of dollars in value to the U.S. economy.

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Immigration Policy Center. (2012). Asians in America: A Demographic Overview. Immigration Policy Center: Washington, D.C.