Asian-Americans by the Numbers

Population and Growth
By Mary Silver, Epoch Times
February 12, 2014 Updated: February 11, 2014

17.3 Million

The estimated number U.S. residents who are of Asian descent, according to the 2010 Census. That includes people who described themselves as Asian alone (14.7 million), or as Asian combined with another group (2.6 million).

5.6 Million

Live in California, the state with the largest number of Asian residents

1.6 Million

Live in New York, the state with the second-highest number of Asian residents

57 Percent

Live in Hawaii, the state with the highest proportion of Asian residents

3.8 Million

Number of Asians of Chinese (not including Taiwanese), descent in the U.S. in 2010. Chinese-Americans are the largest Asian group.



Median household income for single-race Asians in 2010.

12 Percent

The poverty rate for single-race Asians in 2010, not statistically different from the 2009 poverty rate. Between 2009 and 2010, the poverty rate increased for non-Hispanic whites, blacks and Hispanics.

Health Insurance

18 Percent

Percentage of single-race Asians without health insurance coverage in 2010, up from 16.5 percent in 2009.


50 Percent

The percentage of single-race Asians 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. This compares with 28 percent for all Americans 25 and older.

20 Percent

The percentage of single-race Asians 25 and older with a graduate (e.g., master’s or doctorate) or professional degree. This compares with 10 percent for all Americans 25 and older.



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 in 2008.


1.5 Million

Number of businesses owned by Asian-Americans in 2007, an increase of 40.4 percent from 2002.

$506 Billion

Total receipts of businesses owned by Asian-Americans, up 54.9 percent from 2002.

Source: U.S. Census