The U.S. Census Bureau provided all of the information used in this report. Are Asians the “Model Minority?” And if so, why? Here are stats on income, sheer numbers and education. What is the takeaway? Education= Success + Power. If you don’t vote, you don’t have a voice. I don’t have stat for average income for Asian American but I do have this tidbit from Wikipedia: As of 2008, Asian Americans had the highest educational attainment level and median household income of any racial demographic in the country, and the highest median personal income overall. Here’s a few more stats I dug up:
- 44.1 percent of Asians in the U.S. have a Bachelor’s degree or higher– almost twice the U.S. national rate of 24.4 percent. And Asian Indians in the U.S. have a rate nearly three times the national average: 63.9 percent have graduated from college. 16.
- 45 percent of Asians in the U.S. work in management, professional, or related occupations – above the U.S. national rate of 34 percent. Once again, Asian Indians are even further ahead: 59.9 percent are in management, professional, or related occupations. 17.
- $57,518 –Median household income for Asians in the U.S. – which was 117 percent of the median for non-Hispanic White households ($48,977).
- $40,700 Median income for Asian men in the U.S. in 2000 – higher than the national median of $37,100. For Asian Indian men, the median income is even higher still: $51,900.
- $31,000 Median income for Asian women in the U.S. in 2000 – higher than the national median of $27,200. For Asian Indian women, the median income is even higher still: $35,200. 20.
The estimated number of U.S. residents of Asian descent, according to the 2010 Census. This group comprised 5.6 percent of the total population. This count includes those who said they were both Asian alone (14.7 million) and Asian in combination with one or more additional races (2.6 million).
The Asian alone or in combination population in California; the state had the largest Asian population in the 2010 Census, followed by New York (1.6 million). In Hawaii, Asians made up the highest proportion of the total population (57 percent).*
Percentage growth of the Asian alone or in combination population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, which was more than any other major race group.**
Number of Asians of Chinese descent in the U.S. in 2009. Chinese-Americans were the largest Asian group, followed by Filipinos (3.2 million), Asian Indians (2.8 million), Vietnamese (1.7 million), Koreans (1.6 million) and Japanese (1.3 million). These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific Asian group alone, and people who reported that Asian group in combination with one or more other Asian groups or races.
The percentage of single-race Asians 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. This compared with 28 percent for all Americans 25 and older.***
The percentage of single-race Asians 25 and older who had at least a high school diploma. This is not statistically different from the percentage for the total population or the percentage of Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander alone, 85 and 86 percent respectively.
How many more single-race Asians voted in the 2008 presidential election than in the 2004 election. All in all, 48 percent of Asians turned out to vote in 2008 — up 4 percentage points from 2004. A total of 3.4 million Asians voted.****
Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders
The number of U.S. residents who said they were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, either alone or in combination with one or more additional races, according to the 2010 Census. This group comprised 0.4 percent of the total population. Over half of all people who identified as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander reported multiple races (56%).
Hawaii had the largest population of Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders among the alone or in combination population with 356,000, followed by California (286,000). In Hawaii, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders comprised the largest proportion (26 percent) of the total population.
Percentage growth of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.
Income, Poverty and Health Insurance
The median income of households headed by single-race Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders.*****
The poverty rate for those who classified themselves as single-race Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. This is not significantly different from the 2008 poverty rate.
The percentage without health insurance for single-race Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders.
* Did you notice this weird coincidence too? 5.6% of U.S. population is Asian and 5.6 million of Asian Americans live in California!
** Are Asians really out pacing the Latino population?! I wouldn’t have guessed that.
*** None of us are shocked, right? Can you say, “Tiger Mom?!”
****Voting is power people! Let’s get out there to vote!
*****I wonder what the median income is for households headed by Asian. And households headed by Asian with post graduate degree. Does anyone know that? Education is also power but we all know that from our Tiger parents.