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


Assessing Impact of Hope Against Hate Campaign

In response to the surge in anti-Asian violence, AAF launched the Hope Against Hate Campaign in 2021, our landmark initiative to bring immediate safety to Asian New Yorkers. After a year of implementation, community members were surveyed in multiple languages to evaluate the impacts of the Campaign. Read more about the survey findings.

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AAF’s Research in the News

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 development 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.”

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.

Scientific American: Research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Is Being Stifled

Lack of attention can translate into a big gap in social services for AAPIs in need. In New York City, about 22 percent of Asian Americans live in poverty, according to a government report. Asians comprised nearly 15 percent of New York City’s population, yet just 1.4 percent of city-based agency contracts were awarded to Asian American social services providers over 13 years, according to a 2015 report from Asian American Federation.

世界新聞網: 何處是老家╱孤單老人語言不通 看病、保險處處難

從各種渠道、懷抱各種目的來到紐約華社的老人,拉動著華裔人口結構中的長者比例。根據亞美聯盟(Asian American Federation)2022年8月統計,同其他亞裔族群相比,華裔老人的數量在紐約市亞裔老人群體中占比最高(15.6%);而隨著18歲至64歲、青年和中年華裔人口比率的下降(3.3%),老年人的占比也在紐約市華裔總人口中逐步增加了2.9%。