Filipino Immigrants in the United States (Updated from 2010)

Jie Zong & Jeanne Batalova
Date of Publication: 
March, 2018
Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Numbering more than 1.9 million, Filipinos are the fourth largest foreign-born group in the U.S. Utilizing data from the US Census Bureau's 2016 American Community Survey and other federal data sources, the Migration Policy Institute provides this update to its profile of Filipino Immigrants in the United States. The profile examines the geographic distribution of Filipinos by state and key cities, demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, categories of admission to the U.S., and remittance data. Filipinos now constitute four percent of the total foreign-born population with nearly half (44 percent) living in California. Four counties (Los Angeles and San Diego in California, Honolulu in Hawaii, and Clark in Nevada) account for 26 percent of all Filipinos. Filipinos are more likely than other immigrants to have strong English skills, and they have college completion rates higher than both other immigrants and the U.S.-born population. Filipinos also tend to be older than immigrants in general. In 2016, the Filipino media age was 50 years, compared to 44 years for all immigrants and 36 years for native-born Americans. (Diversity Dynamics)

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Zong, J., & Batalova, J. (2018). Filipino Immigrants in the United States (Spotlight) (p. 13). Washington, D.C.: Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved from