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AAF Releases Most Up-to-Date Profile of Twelve Major Asian Groups in New York City

New York, NY: Seven Asian groups in New York City had double digit growth in population from 2010-2015, according to the most up-to-date Profiles of Asian-American Communities in New York City released by the Asian American Federation (AAF) today. The seven groups, namely Bangladeshi, Chinese, Nepalese, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, and Thai, contributed greatly to the 13% growth in the Asian population of the city.

In addition, the profiles also include data about the Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese communities. Only the Vietnamese population saw significant population loss, with a 10% decrease over the same time period.

AAF’s Profiles present statistics on population size and changes, immigration, citizenship status, educational attainment, English ability, income, poverty, health insurance and housing for the twelve Asian groups, and is the most detailed picture of Asian American communities in NYC since the 2010 Census results. Comparisons with New York City’s general population are provided for context. Detailed profiles on each of the 12 groups can be downloaded at

Limited English Proficiency Rates: Lowest for Filipinos
Immigrants make up the majority of each group, from 59% of Vietnamese to 87% of Nepalese. Eleven out of twelve groups had higher limited English proficiency (LEP) rates than the 23% LEP rate for the citywide population. Filipinos, the only group with a LEP rate lower than the citywide rate, had the lowest LEP rate of 18%, as opposed to the highest rate of 60% for Chinese.

Educational attainment: More Filipinos, Japanese and Taiwanese have bachelor’s degrees
AAF found that 65% of Filipino, Japanese, and Taiwanese adults have a bachelor’s degree, while only one in three Chinese and Nepalese adults had one.

Poverty: Bangladeshis and Pakistanis are above the city poverty rate
Poverty rates also varied widely, from a low of 9% for Filipinos to a high of around 28% for Bangladeshis and Pakistanis, well above the citywide poverty rate of 21%.

Health insurance coverage: Nepalese top numbers of uninsured
Health insurance coverage among the twelve groups was also mixed. While most Asian groups in the city had uninsured rates close to the citywide average of 12%, Korean (23%), Nepalese (30%), and Thai (19%) had much higher shares of their population not covered by health insurance.

Household size: Bangladeshi households most overcrowded
Most Asian families had larger than average household sizes. The three groups with the largest average household sizes also had the highest rates of overcrowded housing. For Bangladeshis, 42% of households were overcrowded. For Nepalese and Pakistanis, 36% of households were overcrowded. Only Japanese (2.34 persons per household) and Korean (2.53 persons per household) households had a size lower than the citywide average size of 2.65 persons per household.

Homeownership: Taiwanese have highest home ownership
Homeownership also varied widely, from a high of 59% home ownership for Taiwanese households to a low of 22-23% for Japanese, Nepalese, and Pakistani households.

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