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Statistics on  Indians, NRIs Indo-Americans and others in the US, Brief abstract and Research >> Statistics

In this section of, we present a brief statistical overview of Indians, NRIs and South-East Asians in different states of the US.  The statistics presented here are only indicative and provided on an 'as is' basis. does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of data.

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A number of groups have been analyzing data from the 2010 Census. Last month the Asian Pacific American Legal Center released their latest report “A Community of Contrasts; Asian Americans in the United States: 2011″ (download PDF here) which has a comprehensive national community analysis. 

A few highlights from the report

  • One of the largest findings is that South Asians are the fastest growing Asian American community; the Indian population is at 3,183,063; the Pakistani population is at 409,163; Bangladeshi population at 147,300; Nepalese population at 59,490; Sri Lankan population at 45,381; and Bhutanese population at 19,439. That brings the South Asian American population close to 4 million with an exact total of 3,863,836 people. 
  • The country's fastest growing Asian American ethnic groups were South Asian. Bangladeshi and Pakistani American populations doubled in size between 2000 and 2010.
  • Fewer than 5% of Burmese, Nepalese, Bangladeshi, Hmong, and Bhutanese Americans are of mixed race. Among larger ethnic groups, only 6% of Vietnamese and 8% of Indians are multiracial. 
  • As Asian American communities grow, so too have their contributions to the American economy. Asian Americans are an emerging consumer power whose market share is growing dramatically. Asian Americans also own a disproportionate number of businesses, employing a large number of workers and generating significant revenue.
    Asian American and NHPI* growth in buying power surpassed that of non-Hispanic Whites, African Americans, and Native Americans over the same period.
  • Asian Americans are becoming a powerful political voice. They are becoming citizens, registering to vote, and voicing their concerns at the ballot box. Despite this, language and cost barriers to citizenship remain significant hurdles to full civic engagement. Language barriers and voter identification requirements also affect voter registration and access to the polls.
  • More than three out of four Sri Lankan Americans are foreign-born, the highest rate among Asian American ethnic groups. Roughly 7 in 10 Malaysian, Bangladeshi, Indian, and Taiwanese Americans were born abroad.
  • Among Asian countries, the Philippines, China, and India sent the most immigrants to the United States over the past decade.
    While Asian American ethnic groups with the lowest poverty rates (Filipino, Indian, and Japanese Americans) are concentrated in management and other professional occupations, those with the highest poverty rates (Bangladeshi, Cambodian, and Hmong Americans) tend to work in production, transportation, and material moving occupations.

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Population of Indian Americans


Approximate Population of Indian-Americans in different states of the US

Total State (2005-2010)

Indians (2000)

Alabama 7,813 6,900
Alaska 1,090 723
Arizona 22,029 14,741
Arkansas 3,483  
California 449,722 314,819
Colorado 16,150 11,720
Connecticut 32,988 23,662
Delaware 8,550 5,280
DC 3,109 2,845
Florida 95,043 70,740
Georgia 79,169 46,132
Hawaii 2,104 1,441
Idaho 2,070 1,289
Illinois 157,126 124,723
Indiana 16,306 14,685
Iowa 7,340 5,641
Kansas 10,468 8,153
Kentucky 8,176 6,711
Louisiana 10,942 8,280
Maine 987 1,021
Maryland 67,241 49,909
Massachusetts 55,840 43,801
Michigan 78,466 54,631
Minnesota 30,468 12,169
Mississippi 4,121 12,169
Missouri 15,755 379
Montana 729 -
Nebraska 5,724 3,273
Nevada 8,178 5,535
New Hampshire 3,703 3,873
New Jersey 228,250 169,180
New Mexico - 3,104
New York 336,423 251,724
North Carolina 39,815 26,197
North Dakota 1,330 822
Ohio 46,702 38,752
Oklahoma 10,577 8,502
Oregon 12,650 9,575
Pennsylvania 75,159 57,241
Rhode Island 2,295 2,942
South Carolina 9,458 8,356
South Dakota 1,286 611
Tennessee 21,416 12,835
Texas 175,608 129,365
Utah 4,652 3,065
Vermont 975 858
Virginia 77,208 48,815
Washington 41,583 23,992
West Virginia 3,247 2,856
Wisconsin 19,672 12,665
Wyoming 267 355

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census. Web: and from American Community Survey 2005-2010

Asian Indian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,678,765
Bangladeshi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41,280
Bhutanese. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183
Burmese . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,159
Nepalese. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7,858
Pakistani . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153,533
Sri Lankan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20,145

Indians lead the pack in America's ethnic mix

WASHINGTON: Indians are the best-educated and highest-earning people among all major ethnic groups in the United States, including native-born Americans. They are also the youngest and most likely to be white collar professionals.

These are among the bragging rights conferred in a new study "We The People: Asian Americans in the United States" released on Wednesday by the US Census Bureau. Based on the year 2000 census, the report provides a handsome snapshot of the fastest growing immigrant community in the United States.

According to the study, Asian Indians (so termed to distinguish them from American Indians) numbered 1.65 million in the 2000 census when counted alone, and 1.85 million in combination with other races (say mixed with Americans or Africans).

About 75 per cent of Indians are foreign-born and 24.6 per cent are US-born. In comparison, and reflecting their older immigrant status, nearly 60 per cent of Japanese in America are US born. Around 54 per cent of Indians entered the US after 1990, marking the '90s as the boom decade for Indian immigration.

Asian-Indians had among the lowest median age (30.3) compared to the national median of 35 and Asian median of 33. They also had among the least number of people in the over-65 age category (3.8 per cent) compared to the national average of 12.4 per cent.
But it is in the area of education and professional achievement that the Indians are a class apart. According to the study, 63.9 per cent of Indians have a Bachelor's degree or more, compared to 44 per cent for Asians and a nationwide 24.4 per cent who have a Bachelor's degree or more.

Indians were also most likely to be employed - 79.1 per cent Indian men and 54 per cent Indian women were part of the US labor force. Indians had the highest percentage of people (60 per cent) in management, professional and related services compared to 44 per cent overall for Asians and 34 per cent nationwide.

The study also bears out the oft-repeated claim of Indians being among the highest earners. Indian men had the highest year round full-time median earnings ($51,900) eclipsing the Japanese ($50,900) and well ahead of the national average ($37,057) and the Asian average ($40,650).

Separately, Indian women were only marginally behind Japanese women in median earnings ($35,998 vs $35,173). Overall, the Japanese had the highest median family income ($70,849) followed closely by Indians ($70,708). Both were way ahead of the national average of $50,046.

However, perhaps because they have been in the US longer, Japanese, Filipinos and Chinese were more likely to be home owners (around 60 per cent) than Indians (46.9 per cent) who, reflecting their more recent immigrant status, are more likely to be renters (53.1 per cent).

The study also provides a brief social and family portrait. Indians are most likely to be married (67.4 per cent are married) and among the least likely to be divorced (2.4 per cent).

In what is perhaps a tribute to their Macaulayite education, Indians are also the most fluent and comfortable English speakers, with 10.3 per cent saying they spoke only English at home, and 57.6 per cent saying they spoke English very well even if they spoke other languages at home. Only 23.1 per cent said they did not speak English well.

Indians are the third-most populous Asian ethnic group in the US after the Chinese and the Filipinos, and more numerous now than Koreans and Vietnamese.

These five groups each number a million or more and make up 80 per cent of the Asian population. Six other detailed Asian groups listed in the census - Japanese, Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, Pakistani and Thai - made up 15 per cent of the Asian population.

Surprisingly, the Census Report put the Pakistani population at only 155,000. Pakistanis often boast of being at least 500,000 strong in the US.




Note: Page last updated: Jan 2018





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