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

Table 2-5: Selected Characteristics of the NHOPI Population in the United States

Table 2-5a

NHOPI Groups Numberb
(in 000s)
Percent of U.S. NHOPI 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 Graduationc (%) Poverty Rate (%)
Native Hawaiian 400 36.8 0.14 97.8 04.3 16.8 15.6
Samoan 128 22.5 0.05 79.1 19.5 24.2 20.2
Guamanian 91 14.6 0.03 87.6 15.4 22.2 13.7
Tongan 37 7.3 0.01 48.6 32.7 34.7 19.5
Fijian 14 2.7 0.01 22.4 25.2 33.2 10.5
Marshallese 7 1.5   23.9 41.4 32.3 38.3
Other Pacific Islander 209 14.6 0.07 61.7 19.4 23.3 21.4
Tahitiand (3.3)            
Tokelauan (0.6)            
Mariana Islander (0.1)            
Saipanese (0.5)            
Palauan (3.4)            
Carolinian (0.2)            
Kosraean (0.2)            
Pohnpeian (0.7)            
Chuukese (0.7)            
Yapese (0.4)            
I-Kiribati (0.2)            
Papua New Guinea (0.2)            
Solomon Islander (0.03)            
Ni-Vanuatu (0.2)            
Unspecified (193.6)            
Total NHOPI 860 100 NA 80.1 14.5 21.7 17.7
Total U.S. Population 281,412 NA 0.31 88.9 08.1 19.6 12.4

a Data for Pacific Islanders living in the U.S. Island Areas of Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are not included in the count.
b NHOPI alone and in combination.
c Population 25 and older.
d Ethnicities of Other Pacific Islanders from Grieco, 2001a.

Source: Harris and Jones, 2005.

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Internet Citation: Table 2-5: Selected Characteristics of the NHOPI Population in the United States. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/final-reports/iomracereport/reldatatab2-5.html