South Asian American Demographics

Asian Indians make up the majority of the South Asian and are the third largest Asian population in the United States.

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General Information Asian Indians have:

• The highest annual median household income of among all U.S. ethnic groups
• 64 percent have attained at least a bachelor’s degree 
•40 percent have attained at least a master’s degree
• Combined disposable income of $88 billion
• The estimated annual buying power of $20 billion


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Asian Indian Population by U.S. States
U.S. States 2005 Estimates (new!)
California 449,722
New York 336,423
New Jersey 228,250
Texas 175,608
Illinois 157,126
Florida 95,043
Georgia 79,169
Michigan 78,466
Virginia 77,208
Pennsylvania 75,159
Maryland 67,241
Massachusetts 55,840
Ohio 46,702
Washington 41,583
North Carolina 39,815
Connecticut 32,988
Minnesota 30,468
Arizona 22,029
Tennessee 21,416
Wisconsin 19,672
Indiana 16,306
Colorado 16,150
Missouri 15,755
Oregon 12,650
Louisiana 10,942
Oklahoma 10,577
Kansas 10,468
South Carolina 9,458
Delaware 8,550
Nevada 8,178
Kentucky 8,176
Alabama 7,813
Iowa 7,340
Nebraska 5,724
Utah 4,652
Mississipp 4,121
New Mexico 3,703
New Hampshire 3,703
Arkansas 3,483
West Virginia 3,247
Rhode Island 2,295
Hawaii 2,104
Idaho 2,070
North Dakota 1,330
South Dakota 1,286
Alaska 1,090
Maine 987
Vermont 975
Montana 729
Wyoming 267

Indian subgroups speak Hindi, Punjabi, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Urdu, Kashmiri, and many other regional languages. About 70 percent of Indians are also fluent in English.
Other Facts:

• Over 65 percent of Asian Indians use the Internet
• Asian Indians were the fastest growing U.S. ethnic group from 1990-2000
• About 50 percent of lodges and 35 percent of all hotels in the U.S. are owned by Asian Indians
• 73 percent of Asian Indians are employed in the workforce, while 57 percent are employed in managerial of professional specialties  

Achievements Page
• There are now more than 2.15 million people of Indian origin in the United States that reflect the multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual society of India.
• Asian Indians in the United States are represented in many fields including academics, entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, engineers and financers.
• According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Asian Indian’s in the United States have a median family income of $61,322 compared to the national median family income of $41, 994. The high income clearly reflects the advanced educational levels achieved by the community.
• High levels of education have also enabled Indian Americans to become a productive segment of the U.S. population, with 72.3 percent participating in the workforce.
• Of these workforce participants, 57.7 percent are employed in managerial and professional specialties.
• Technical, sales, and administrative support occupations constitute another 29.8 percent of the work force.
• The remaining 12.5 percent of the population works in other areas, such as operators, fabricators, laborers and precision production.
• More than 5,000 Asian Indians in the United States today serve as faculty members in institutions of higher education.
• About 300,000 Asian Indians in the United States work in technology firms in California’s Silicon Valley. They account for more than 15 percent of high-tech startups in that region. The median income of Asian Indians in that region is estimated to be $125,000 (average $200,000) a year.
• Two Asian Indians, Har Gobind Khorana of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and late Subrahmanyan Chandrashekhar of University of Chicago, have been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine and physics respectively.
• Late Dr. Kalpana Chawla added a new chapter to the history of the Asian Indian community in the United States.   In 1997, she became the first Asian Indian to fly in the U.S. space shuttle as part of the Space Shuttle Columbia Flight STS-87.
• Asian Indians in the United States are increasingly beginning to take a more direct role in political activities. They have traditionally exercised most of their political influence through campaign contributions, and are actively involved in fundraising efforts for political candidates on the federal, state and local levels.


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