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.
- 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