According to the 2010 U.S. Census data, the AAPI population is projected to reach nearly 40 million people by 2050. The AAPI racial category consists of 48 different ethnic groups that occupy positions along the full range of the socioeconomic spectrum, from the low income to the affluent and highly-skilled. AAPIs also vary demographically with regard to language background, immigration history, culture, and religion. Below is a snapshot of the AAPI population in the United States.


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  • AAPIs have a high degree of representation in California (Los Angeles and San Francisco), Hawai’i (Honolulu), Illinois (Chicago), New York (New York City), Washington (Seattle), and Texas (Houston).
  • It is well documented, however, that many AAPI ethnic groups have educational levels that are below the national average, with several ranking among the lowest in the nation.
  • In addition, 13 percent of Asian Americans and 17 percent of Pacific Islanders live in poverty compared to 12 percent of the general population, with several Asian American ethnic groups having poverty rates significantly higher than many other ethnic groups in the United States.
Source: CARE