The new data tool helps provide deep dive exploration of demographic data on Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities across the country



Nicholas Turton

May 28, 2024 — AAPI Data is proud to announce the launch of the AANHPI Community Data Explorer, an in-depth and innovative platform designed to empower data-driven insights on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities across the country. The innovative tool was developed in collaboration with January Advisors, a data science and technology consulting firm, with consultations and user feedback from dozens of community partners.

About the AANHPI Community Data Explorer

The AANHPI Community Data Explorer, which pulls data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), offers a user friendly interface to examine disaggregated data of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities across a wide array of indicators—including citizenship and nativity, language, income, poverty, educational attainment, health insurance, internet access, and home ownership. By enabling users to explore these data across geographic areas such as states, counties, and metropolitan areas, the platform empowers stakeholders to gain deeper understandings of the diverse needs and disparities among AANHPI communities.

The platform also offers users the ability to produce one-click PDF products in the form of Community Snapshots (topline reports with styled infographics and graphs) and Community Deep Dives (in-depth community data in tabular format), allowing for customized products aligned to specific use cases and needs.

“The AA and NHPI Community Data Explorer represents a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to disseminate accurate and comprehensive data of AANHPI communities to effect positive change,” said Karthick Ramakrishnan, founder and executive director of AAPI Data. “By putting reliable and actionable data into the hands of policymakers, journalists, advocates, and community leaders, the platform serves as a catalyst for informed dialogue and meaningful change.”

The AANHPI Community Data Explorer is part of the ongoing Power In Numbers campaign, a national community-led effort aimed at driving lasting policy change and investments in civic engagement to ensure AANHPI communities are respected, recognized, and prioritized.

Importantly, the Community Data Explorer showcases the need for disaggregated data by Asian American and NHPI ethnicities across all major federal data collections. Most of the disaggregated indicators from the U.S. Census Bureau’s ACS are unavailable in other federal agency data collections, including surveys and forms deployed by the departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Education, and Justice. In March 2024, the Office of Management and Budget updated its Statistical Policy Directive 15 (SPD 15) on federal agency race and ethnicity standards, mandating improvements in detailed ethnicity data across federal agencies.

“The AANHPI Community Data Explorer shows us what is possible — and what is essential — with respect to federal race and ethnicity data collections,” said Akil Vohra, director of policy at AAPI Data. “The data disaggregation pillar of SPD 15 makes us keenly aware that we need timely progress on detailed data collections across all federal agencies, so that we better understand which AANHPI communities continue to face barriers and lack of service.”

The AANHPI Community Data Explorer can be viewed at: For media inquiries or to schedule a virtual demonstration of the AANHPI Community Data Explorer, please contact

What Community Experts Are Saying About The Tool:

“The AANHPI Community Data Explorer is a powerful tool that makes critical data of our diverse communities more accessible and easier to understand. At SEARAC, this tool can equip us with the insights and information needed to support Southeast Asian communities’ unique needs across the country. We also greatly appreciate the visibility and representation of Hmong as one of the groups highlighted in this comprehensive data tool.”

— Kham Moua, National Deputy Director for Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

“The AANHPI Community Data Explorer will make it possible for our AANHPI-serving organizations here in the Commonwealth to have a clearer understanding of our communities’ needs. From education and health care coverage to poverty and median income, this tool will enable our partners in Massachusetts to advocate for more specific resources, campaign for data-driven policy, and strengthen our pan-AANHPI coalition.”

— Jaya Aiyer, Director for Asian and Pacific Islanders Civic Action Network (APIs CAN!)

“It is incredibly valuable to be able to know and visually show what our communities look like in each state — from educational attainment to health equity and language. The AANHPI Community Data Explorer is a powerful tool that LANA is glad to have as part of our outreach and informational efforts. Knowing the numbers enables us to do our best work to advocate for and to serve our community members.”

— Lasamee Kettavong, Program Manager for Laotian American National Alliance (LANA)

“As advocates for justice and equity within South Asian communities, the AANHPI Community Data Explorer is a vital tool for the South Asian Legal Defense Fund. By offering comprehensive demographic insights, we can tailor our advocacy efforts and legal services to address systemic issues and promote inclusive growth intentionally, especially as we begin our work in New York City and grow nationally. This is not just a tool; it’s a catalyst for informed decision-making, enabling us to advocate more effectively and incisively for the rights and well-being of South Asian families, workers, and generations.”

— Shivani Parikh, Executive Director for South Asian Legal Defense Fund

“The AANHPI Community Data Explorer will benefit our work and the communities we serve by providing us with accurate and comprehensive data specifically about our communities that leaders and decision makers cannot dismiss as they are sourced from the same sources they respect and use. This tool empowers our collective voice and ensures that we are seen!”

— Lucianne Latu, assistant director for Taulama for Tongans

“The AANHPI Community Data Explorer provides valuable insights that can inform SAAVETX’s outreach, advocacy, and coalition-building efforts, helping our organization better serve and represent the South Asian community in Texas. We can focus our outreach efforts on addressing issues that are particularly relevant to this demographic, such as healthcare access, education equity, and economic opportunity.”

— Chanda Parbhoo, executive director for SAAVETX Education Fund

“AAPI Data’s new database tool enabled OCAPICA to obtain disaggregated data in an easy and rapid manner. I was able to utilize the data to educate our local policymakers to prioritize our communities in health equity priorities. We were also able to use the data to help with a language access bill in our state.”

— Mary Anne Foo, founder and executive director for Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)

“Every community deserves to be heard by numbers and voice.”

— May Gnia Her, executive director, Stone Soup Fresno

About AAPI Data
AAPI Data is a leading national research and policy organization producing accurate data to support community narratives that drive action toward enduring solutions for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. Learn more at

About January Advisors
January Advisors is a data science and technology consulting firm that helps nonprofits and government agencies use data to better their communities. Learn more at