Income of Asians in America exceeded that of all U.S. families


The median annual income of Asian families exceeded that of all U.S. families, and the percentage of Asians with at least a bachelor's degree was almost double that of the total population, according to the 2000 census. But, contrasts among Asian Americans are found, as shown below:


Median family Bachelor's

income in 1999 degree or more*
All U.S. families $50,046 24.40%
Asian Americans $59,324 44.10%
(% distribution below)
Chinese (23.8%) $60,058 48.10%
Filipino (18.3%) $65,189 43.80%
Asian Indian (16.2%) $70,708 63.90%
Vietnamese (10.9%) $47,103 19.40%
Korean (10.5%) $47,624 43.80%
Japanese (7.8%) $70,849 41.90%
Cambodian (1.8%) $35,621 9.20%
Hmong (1.7%) $32,384 7.50%
Laotian (1.6%) $43,542 7.70%
Pakistani (1.5%) $50,189 54.30%
Thai (1.1%) $49,635 38.60%
Other Asian (4.7%) $50,733 41.40%



*Age 25 and older

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Report Teresa Watanabe and Nancy Wride, Indian Americans have surged forward as the most successful Asian minority in the United States, reporting top levels of income, education, professional job status and English-language ability, even though three-fourths were foreign-born, according to U.S. census data released December 15.

The report, "We the People: Asians in the United States," was based on 2000 census data among the nation's 10 million Asian Americans, more than one third of whom live in California, the state with their largest population Asian Americans increased from 6.9 million, or 2.8% of the U.S. population, in 1990 to 10.2 million, or 3.6%, and to 11.9 million, or 4.2%, incluyding mixed-race Asian Americans, in 2000. The contrasts are detailed in the report among 11 Asian American groups.

Median family income, for instance, ranged from $70,849 for Japanese and $70,708 for Asian Indians to about half that for Cambodians and Hmong. Indian men showed the highest full-time earnings, $51,900, about double the figure for Hmong men.
About 64% of Asian Indians held a bachelor's degree or more, the highest rate, compared with 7.7% for Laotians and 7.5% for Hmong, the lowest. More than three-fourths of Indians and Filipinos spoke fluent English, twice the rate for Vietnamese. (Source: Teresa Watanabe and Nancy Wride, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 16, 2004)


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