The Asian and Pacific Islander Population in the United States: March 1996 (Update)

October 1997
Report Number: P20-503
Claudette Bennett and Kymberly Debarros

Detailed tabulations are now available which pro-vide statistics on the civilian noninstitutional Asian and Pacific Islander population of the United States, based on the March 1996 Current Population Survey.  These tables provide information such as:

  • In 1996, the Asian and Pacific Islander population was estimated at 9.6 million persons and represented 3.7 percent of the total population.
  • There were 2.1 million Asian and Pacific Islander fam-ilies in 1996; of these about 80 percent were married-couple families; of the remaining 20 percent, 12 percent were families maintained by women and 8 percent were families maintained by men with no spouse present.
  • Fifty-nine percent of all households maintained by an Asian or Pacific Islander householder had 3 or more persons in them in 1996.
  • In 1996, 83 percent of all Asian and Pacific Islander persons 25 years of age and older had at least a high school education; about 42 percent  had at least a bachelor’s  degree.
  • In 1995, the median earnings of Asian and Pacific Islander women and men working year-round, full-time were $24,880 and $31,570, respectively, for a female-to-male earnings ratio of 0.79.
  • Asian and Pacific Islander families had a real median income of $46,360 in 1995.
  • About 15 percent of all Asian and Pacific Islanders had incomes below the poverty level in 1995.

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