Research Resources Used/
Recommended for Further Reading
Brewer, Cynthia, Trudy A. Suchan, and U.S. Bureau of the Census. 2002. Mapping Census 2000: The Geography of U.S. Diversity. Environmental Systems Research.
Frey, William, Bill Abresch, and Jonathan Yeasting. 2001. America by the Numbers: A Field Guide to the U.S. Population. New York: New Press.
Denton, Nancy and Stewart E. Tolnay (Eds.). 2002. American Diversity: A Demographic Challenge for the Twenty-First Century. Albany: SUNY Press.
Mikyung Ghymn, Esther. 2001. Asian American Studies: Identity, Images, Issues Past and Present. Peter Land Publishing.
Min, Pyong Gap. (Ed.). 2005. Asian Americans. Contemporary Trends and Issues. Pine Forge Press.
Ono, Kent. 2004. Asian American Studies After Critical Mass. Blackwell Publishers.
Park, Ken (Ed.). 2006. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2006. World Almanac.
U.S. Census Bureau. 2007. Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2007. Washington D.C. United States Department of Commerce.
Zuberi, Tukufu. 2003. Thicker Than Blood: How Racial Statistics Lie. St. Paul: University of Minnesota Press.
To accompany the article on Celebrating May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. the Census Bureau has compiled a brief statistical summary of the Asian American population using various Census data sources.
The estimated number of U.S. residents in 2011 who said they were Asian or Asian in combination with one or more other races. This group comprised 5.6 percent of the total population.
The percentage of the foreign-born from Asia who are naturalized U.S. citizens.
The number of people age 5 and older who speak Chinese at home. After Spanish, Chinese is the most widely spoken non-English language in the country. Tagalog and Vietnamese also have more than 1 million speakers.
The projected percentage increase between 2008 and 2050 in the population of people who identify themselves as Asian. This compares with a 44 percent increase in the population as a whole over the same period of time.
The projected number of U.S. residents in 2050 who will identify themselves as Asians. They would comprise 9 percent of the total population by that year.
Education and Internet Use
The percentage of Asians, age 25 and older, who have a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. Asians have the highest proportion of college graduates of any race or ethnic group in the country and this compares with 28 percent for all Americans 25 and older.
The percentage of Asians, age 25 and older, who are high school graduates.
The percentage of Asians, age 25 and older, who have an advanced degree (e.g. Master’s, Ph.D. M.D. or J.D.). This compares with 10 percent for all Americans 25 and older. However, different Asian ethnic groups have different educational attainment levels — 68 percent of Asian Indians, age 25 and older, had a bachelor’s degree or more education and 37 percent had a graduate or professional degree; the corresponding numbers for Vietnamese-Americans were 24 percent and 7 percent, respectively.
Percentage of Asian Americans living in a household with Internet use — the highest rate among race and ethnic groups.
Income and Poverty