Asian American Federation
Data Center

This Data Center aims to bridge critical information gaps and provide a first-of-its-kind platform for in-depth analysis on the Asian American community.

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This user-friendly platform offers free access to disaggregated data on Asian groups.  We invite you to use it for research and storytelling about the fastest growing community in the City, state, and country.  

Statistics are pulled from the Decennial Census and American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS).

Starting with the 2000 Census, the Census Bureau allows respondents to indicate more than one race. This research report uses the major racial groups in the “alone or in combination with one or more races” category in the Census to include persons who identify with several racial or ethnic identities. For instance, mixed-race populations with Asian heritage are included in “Asian alone or in combination,” regardless of Hispanic origin. Therefore, there may be some overlap in the “alone or in combination” category. The population size of the major racial or ethnic groups alone or in combination is calculated for this study using information from the 2010 and 2020 decennial Censuses. The 2017-2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS) are used to analyze major racial or ethnic groups (except for population size) and Asian ethnic groups. Since PUMS does not provide alone or in combination data for all the Asian ethnic groups, we use the alone Census category for these groups. For example, Chinese alone corresponds to the respondents who reported only Chinese and no other ethnic category. If a respondent selected Chinese and another racial group (e.g., Chinese and Black), that individual is excluded from the Chinese alone count. Alone should be considered the minimum population size in any analysis that uses Census Bureau data.

Currently, ACS reports 20 Asian ethnic groups, including Bangladeshi, Bhutanese, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese (except Taiwanese), Taiwanese, Filipino, Hmong, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Malaysian, Mongolian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Thai, and Vietnamese. To maximize the reliability of our estimates, this data center includes groups with unweighted sample sizes larger than 200, with the exception of the Burmese. With a rapidly growing population of refugees, the Burmese are a notable and emerging Asian ethnic group. We also included Sri Lankans, as the unweighted sample size for this Asian group was close to that for Burmese.

Asian New Yorker Data Highlights


Seeking Help, Finding Hope

In the wake of ongoing racism, violence, and discrimination, Asian New Yorkers are experiencing a mental health crisis. But Asian Americans are often overlooked in the mental health care system, making it difficult to understand the challenges we face in seeking care and how to address them. AAF’s latest report delves into the mental health needs of Asian New Yorkers and concrete solutions to overcoming barriers to care.

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AAF’s Research in the News

1010WINS: More than half of Asian New Yorkers report feeling isolated or anxious, yet many don’t seek mental health services: report

Over 60% of Asian New Yorkers feel isolated or anxious, and more than a third have experienced increased distress due to anti-Asian hate crimes, yet a significant gap in mental health treatment persists as many are not seeking help, according to a new study by the Asian American Federation.

Gotham Gazette: Report Offers Closer Look at Role of Asian American Voters in Brooklyn Assembly Race Flipped by Republican

Chang, who is Chinese-American, defeated Abbate Jr., who is white, 52-48%, a margin of just 582 votes in an election where only 14,287 votes were cast. But according to a new study from the Asian American Federation, an advocacy and research nonprofit, Asian American voters did not turn out significantly in favor of Chang and if they had been more engaged in the election, they could have swung it for Abbate and the Democrats. While there has been some rightward movement of Asian voters, they remain overwhelmingly Democratic in both registration and voting patterns.

NBC News: Asian Americans were overcounted on the last census. Experts say that fact is misleading.

“It definitely came as a surprise to me,” said Linying He, associate director of research at the Asian American Federation. “But this aggregated data is conveying a wrong message. There is a significant difference between the members of our community who are overcounted and those who are undercounted.”

한국일보: 욕시 한인노인 3명중 1명 “경제적 빈곤”

실태조사는 KACF와 샌프란시스코 KACF, 주디스 임 재단과 사우스폴 재단이 공동으로 아시안아메리칸연맹(AAF)에 의뢰한 설문조사를 통해 뉴욕시, 뉴저지, 워싱턴 DC, 시카고, 샌프란시스코, LA, 휴스턴 등 미국내 7개 지역 거주 한인 노인들을 대상으로 진행됐고 거주지, 일상생활, 대중교통, 개인 재정, 건강 및 의료 혜택, 대인관계, 정부 지원 및 비영리단체 프로그램 접근성 등의 항목에 대해 이루어졌다.