Executive Summary

Data from the 2020 Census reveal that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPIs) are among the fastest growing population groups in the United States. Texas, North Carolina, and Indiana have seen Asian American population growth much faster than the national average, while the same is true for Arkansas and Iowa for the NHPI population. There are other important changes in the characteristics and dynamics of AA and NHPI populations that warrant our closer attention. This report provides a snapshot of key demographic characteristics of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations. It serves as an update to the 2014 State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders report, published jointly by AAPI Data and the Center for American Progress, and as a baseline for a new data tool that AAPI Data is rolling out in summer 2022, which will provide annual updates on key demographic indicators, disaggregated by race, detailed origin, and geography. 

Key highlights of this report include: 

  • Population Change
  • Geography 
  • Immigration 
  • Language use and language proficiency 
  • Educational attainment 
  • Occupational differences 
  • Poverty 
  • Housing 
  • Health and social safety net 
  • Public opinion and voting