Asian Americans in the U.S.

According to the 2010 Census, the Asian American population grew faster than any other racial/ethnic group between 2000 and 2010, with the population who reported Asian alone increased by 43 percent. There are approximately 17.3 million Asian Americans in the United States (U.S.), representing 5.6% of the U.S. population. By the year 2050 this population is projected to grow to 43.2 million or 10% of the overall U.S. population. Asian Americans represent a diverse community comprising of more than 30 countries of origin and various cultures, traditional beliefs, religions, years in the U.S., degrees of acculturation, levels of English proficiency, and socioeconomic status.

New York City (NYC) is the home to nearly 1.2 million documented and undocumented Asian Americans, representing more than 13% of the total NYC population.  NYC’s Asian American population grew by 110% from 1990 to 2010.  The Asian American population in NYC is tremendously diverse, comprising of individuals representing more than 20 countries and 45 languages and dialects.  Many of NYC’s Asian American populations experience high rates of limited English proficiency (LEP) and other language barriers. 

Source: Interactive Map published by the NY Times on "Asians in New York City"

For more information on Asian American demographic characteristics in the U.S. and New York City and nationally, see the following resources.

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CSAAH_AANHPI Data Slides.pdf
Asian Pacific American New Yorkers Count Report.pdf