The Asian American population in the United States is estimated to be approximately 20 million, 5.6% of the total population. The US Asian population grew by 72% between 2000 and 2015, growing from 11.9 million to over 20 million. Their fast population growth in the United States shows that they will eventually be the largest immigrant group.
The largest Asian groups in the US are Chinese, Indian, and Filipino origin. There are over 4,9 million Chinese Americans, over 3.9 million Indian Americans, and proximately 3.9 million Filipino Americans.
Most Asian Americans started arriving after 1965, and make up a total of one-quarter of all immigrants that arrived in the US since 1965. The Asian American population is highly urbanized, and the majority reside in western states such as California.
California has the highest Asian American population with a total of 5.4 million Asian Americans. This is 13.92% of California’s total population. A large part of this population resides in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego.
Hawaii has the highest relatively population of Asian Americans, with a total of 526,199 Asian Americans counting for 37.01% of the total population. There has been a recent increase in immigration of more ethnic Asian groups such as the Thai, Indonesian and Vietnamese people.
Wyoming has a total of 4,915 Asian Americans, making it the state with the smallest population of the demographic. Montana has the smallest relative population of Asian Americans, with a total of 7,262 making up 0.71% of the state’s total population.
The ten states with the highest Asian American populations are:
- California (5,427,928)
- New York (1,639,345)
- Texas (1,222,975)
- New Jersey (838,872)
- Illinois (666,890)
- Washington (573,457)
- Florida (533,524)
- Hawaii (526,199)
- Virginia (516,080)
- Massachusetts (424,161)
Below is a table with each state’s total Asian population.