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Asian Ethnic Origin
Los Angeles County

2010 Census

Wat Thai Temple Festival

A procession at Wat Thai Buddhist Temple in North Hollywood. Los Angeles Almanac Photo
Los Angeles is home to the largest Thai population outside of Thailand.

See also: Asian Ethnic Origin by City and Community
and 2000 Census Figures

Los Angeles County has, by far, the largest Asian population of any county in the United States. According to U.S. Census 2016 estimates (5-year estimates), Los Angeles County has 1.59 million persons of Asian descent, followed by 2) less than half that number, 701,117, in Santa Clara County, California; 3) 666,748 in Orange County, California; 4) 606,230 in Queens County, New York (one of the New York City boroughs); 5) 603,193 in Honolulu County, Hawaii. In terms of the percentage of the total population that is Asian, however, these other four counties push past Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County’s Asian population makes up only 16 percent of the county’s total population (compared to 37 percent for Santa Clara County, 21 percent for Orange County, 26 percent for Queens County and 61 percent for Honolulu County).


Ethnic Origin Population Percent
Total Asian categories tallied 1,550,573 100.00%
Asian Indian 92,179 5.94%
Bangladeshi 5,162 0.33%
Bhutanese 42 0.00%
Burmese 5,254 0.34%
Cambodian 37,450 2.42%
Chinese (except Taiwanese) 403,730 26.04%
Filipino 374,285 24.14%
Hmong 760 0.05%
Indonesian 13,001 0.84%
Japanese 138,983 8.96%
Korean 230,876 14.89%
Laotian 4,067 0.26%
Malaysian 1,496 0.10%
Nepalese 1,229 0.08%
Pakistani 10,930 0.70%
Sri Lankan 5,380 0.35%
Taiwanese 45,808 2.95%
Thai 29,792 1.92%
Vietnamese 104,024 6.71%
Other Asian, specified 2,323 0.15%
Other Asian, not specified 43,802 2.82%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


In 1850, the U.S. Census recorded 15 blacks, 8 Jews and 2 Chinese residing in Los Angeles County.