May 19, 2021
During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which has been officially recognized every May since 1990, we reflect on Asian Americans’ and Pacific Islanders' rich contributions to our country's history. These 12 facts offer a snapshot of life for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders today, based on available data from the Pew Research Center and the U.S. Census Bureau.
This includes those who identify as Asian, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander either alone or in combination with one or more other races. Learn more.
California follows with 17%. Learn more.
This makes Asian Americans the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group in the country. Learn more.
In 2020, Asian Americans accounted for about 5% of the eligible voter population in the U.S. They are also the only major racial or ethnic group in which naturalized citizens represent a greater share of voters (67%) than U.S.-born citizens (33%). Learn more here and here.
In comparison, 19% of all Americans live in multigenerational households. A multigenerational household has at least two adult generations or grandparents and grandchildren younger than 25. Learn more.
Overall, 11% of Americans lived in poverty in 2019. Learn more.
This includes 577,835 Asian-owned businesses and 6,653 owned by Americans of Pacific Islander and/or Native Hawaiian descent. Learn more.
This is about on par with the total U.S. labor force participation rate (64%). The labor force includes people who are either working or actively looking for work. Learn more.
Whereas, 53% of all American adults say the same. Learn more.
In comparison, 59% of all American adults say the same. Learn more.
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