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Census says there are 22.2 million Asian Americans and rising

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The Asian American population in the United States is now 22.2 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, based on their estimates for the year 2017.


That is an 18% increase, or 4 million more than the 2010 census. Because the community’s high immigration rate, Asian America is the fastest growing ethnic community in the U.S.

The Census also said there are 1.6 million Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders


For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Census released a batch of new numbers pertaining to Asian and Paciiic Americans.

Asian Americans

22.2 million

The estimated number of Asians, alone or in combination, residents in the U.S. in 2017.
Source: 2017 Population Estimates

5.0 million The estimated number of the Asian population of Chinese, except Taiwanese, descent in the United States in 2017. The Chinese (except Taiwanese) population was the largest Asian group, followed by Asian Indian (4.4 million), Filipino (4.0 million), Vietnamese (2.1 million), Korean (1.9 million) and Japanese (1.5 million). These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific detailed Asian group alone, as well as people who reported that detailed Asian group in combination with one or more other detailed Asian groups or another race(s).
Source: 2017 American Community Survey

2.4%

The percentage of Asian alone or in combination military veterans in 2017.
Source: 2017 American Community Survey 

87.5%
The percentage of the Asian alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had at least a high school diploma or equivalency in 2017.
Source: 2017 American Community Survey

555,262

The estimated number of Asian-owned employer firms in the United States in 2016.
Source: 2016 Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs

For more Stats about Asian Americans, click here.

Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Population

1.6 million

The estimated number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination residents of the United States in 2017.
Source: 2017 Population Estimates

614,572

The number of Native Hawaiian residents of the United States in 2017. The Native Hawaiian population was the largest detailed Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHPI) group, followed by Samoan (202,268) and Guamanian or Chamorro (156,482). These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific detailed NHPI group alone, as well as people who reported that detailed NHPI group in combination with one or more other detailed NHPI groups or another race(s).
Source:2017 American Community Survey

7.1%

The percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination military veterans in 2017.
Source:2017 American Community Survey

23.3%

The percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2017.
Source:2017 American Community Survey

89.4%

The percentage of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population age 25 and older with at least a high school diploma or equivalency in 2017.
Source:2017 American Community Survey

5,157

The estimated number of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned employer firms in the United States in 2016. 
For more stats on this demographic group, click here.

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