Demographic Overview:

2000 US Census and 2004 American Community Survey, The United States of Asian America By Lisa Yong and Wai-Loong Lim of Y Studios LLC, Hyphen Magazine, The Road Trip Issue Fall 2008, Pgs 22-23)

According to Census 200, there is approximately 500,000 Laotian/Hmong Americans and 135,000 in the U.S. live in California alone. In fact roughly 40% of ALL Asian Americans live in California alone, but relative to the total U.S. population 300,000,000, ALL Asians make up 4.7% of total U.S. population, and in California only 12.1% Asians in the entire state.

Source: Census 2000 map developed and generously donated by Norasack Pathammavong
Source: Census 2000 map developed and generously donated by Norasack Pathammavong

  • 13.5 million Asians in the United States (4.7% of total U.S. population)
  • 12.1 million individuals reported Asian as their only race (4.2% of the population)
  • 5 distinct groups with a population of over 1 million (80% of Asian population): Chinese, Asian Indians, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean
  • 6 other Asian groups account for about 15% of the Asian population: Japanese, Laotian, Pakistani, Cambodian, Hmong, Thai

Charts from the 2008 US Statistical Abstract:

Dori Shimoda from Give Children A Choice notes that the Asian population has been growing faster than other segments, roughly 24%. In 1990, the combined Asian and Pacific Islander group has grown from 6.7MM to 13.7MM in 2006, double in 16 years.

> Read the Southeast Asian American Statistical Profile

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