Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data: Standardization for Health Care Quality Improvement

Table 2-4: Selected Characteristics of the Asian Population in the United States

Asian Groups Numbera
(in 000s)
Percent of U.S. Asian Population Percent of U.S. Population Native Born (%) Speak a Language Other Than English at Home and Speak English Less Than "Very Well" (%) Less Than High School Graduationb (%) Poverty Rate (%)
Chinese 2,858 23.8 1.02 29.1 49.6 23.0 13.5
Filipino 2,385 18.3 0.85 32.3 24.1 12.7 6.3
Asian Indian 1,855 16.2 0.66 24.6 23.1 13.3 9.8
Vietnamese 1,212 10.9 0.43 23.9 62.4 38.1 16.0
Korean 1,226 10.5 0.44 22.3 50.5 13.7 14.8
Japanese 1,152 7.8 0.41 60.5 27.2 8.9 9.7
Cambodian 212 1.8 0.08 34.2 53.5 53.3 29.3
Hmong 184 1.7 0.07 44.4 58.6 59.6 37.8
Laotian 196 1.6 0.07 31.9 52.8 49.6 18.5
Pakistani 209 1.5 0.07 24.5 31.7 18.0 16.5
Thai 150 1.1 0.05 22.2 46.9 20.9 14.4
Other Asiansc 561 4.7 0.20 43.5 32.7 19.1 15.6
Total Asian 11,859 100 NA 31.1 39.5 19.6 12.6
Total U.S. Population 281,412 NA 4.21 88.9 8.1 19.6 12.4

a Asian alone and in combination.
b Population 25 and older.
c Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Burmese, Indo Chinese, Indonesian, Iwo Jiman, Malaysian, Maldivian, Nepalese, Okinawan, Singaporean, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese.

Source: Barnes and Bennett, 2002; Reeves and Bennett, 2004.

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Internet Citation: Table 2-4: Selected Characteristics of the Asian Population in the United States. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/iomracereport/reldatatab2-4.html