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Asians in Los Angeles County
By the Numbers

People, Asian

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Asians have long counted in Los Angeles. In fact, it was originally intended that a twelfth family - a Filipino family - be among the original settlers of the new tiny pueblo of Los Angeles in 1781. The family ended up being delayed by illness and was later rerouted to Santa Barbara. In the first U.S. Census in California of 1850, two "Chinese" residents were counted in Los Angeles. By 1900, that number had grown to 3,209, along with 204 Japanese residents.

Unless otherwise noted, all numbers are 2020 U.S. Census estimates.* The description of "singularly" Asian refers to persons who identify racially as Asian alone and not of two or more racial groups.

Population

1.5 million

The population in Los Angeles County who are singularly Asian. People of Asian origin are the county's third largest ethnic/racial group. Los Angeles County had the largest Asian population of any county in the United States, followed by Santa Clara County, California, at 724,855, Orange County, California, at 667,534, and Queens County, New York, at 588,875.

11%

Percent increase in the Asian population in Los Angeles County, between 2010 and 2020.

1.1 million

Projected Asian population for Los Angeles County, in 2060. This projection would make the Asian population 11% of the county's population by that year.

17%

Percent of population in Los Angeles County of any Asian lineage. Of Los Angeles County’s population of Asian heritage, 30% were of Chinese (except Taiwanese) origin, 23% Filipino, 13% Korean, 8% Japanese, 7% Asian Indian, 7% Vietnamese, and 2% each Cambodian, Taiwanese, and Thai. The remainder were of Pakistani, Indonesian, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Burmese, Laotian, Mongolian, Nepalese, Hmong, Malaysian, Okinawan, Bhutanese, or other Asian origin.


Asian, Filipino, Filippinotown, Los Angeles

Western Gateway of Historic Filipinotown at corner of Temple St. and Silverlake Blvd. Photo by Wapacman at English Wikipedia, CC by-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.


65%

Percent of singularly Asian population in Los Angeles County who were foreign-born. Of these persons, 66% were naturalized U.S. citizens.

26%

Percent of California’s singularly Asian population residing in Los Angeles County.

12

Number of cities, among Los Angeles County’s 88 incorporated cities, in which singularly Asian residents were the largest ethnic/racial group. These were Monterey Park (66%), Walnut and San Marino (each 65%), Rosemead and Temple City (each 64%), San Gabriel (63%), Cerritos and Arcadia (each 60%), Diamond Bar (59%), Alhambra (52%), and Torrance (38%).


Families

Couple Enjoying Music

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355,510
Number of singularly Asian family households in Los Angeles County.

77%
Percent of singularly Asian family households in Los Angeles County that were married-couple households.

40%
Percent of singularly Asian households in Los Angeles County that had children younger than age 18 present.


Language

1 million

Number of Los Angeles County singularly Asian residents, age 5 and older, who spoke an Asian or Pacific Islander language at home. Asian or Pacific Islander language speakers made up 23% of Los Angeles County residents, age 5 and older. The most common language is Chinese (including Mandarin and Cantonese). More than 386,000 people speak Chinese at home in Los Angeles County. In second place is Tagalog (Filipino language), spoken at home by almost 232,000 people.


Education

Asian, Family, Education

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88%

Percent of singularly Asian residents, age 25 and older, in Los Angeles County who had at least a high school education.

53%

Percent of singularly Asians, age 25 and older, in Los Angeles County who had a bachelor's degree or higher.

18%

Percent of Los Angeles County students (both undergraduate and graduate students) enrolled in college who were singularly Asian.

11%

Percent of Los Angeles County elementary and high school students who were singularly Asian.


Income, Poverty and Health Insurance

$83,252

Median income for singularly Asian households in Los Angeles County.

11%

Poverty rate among singularly Asian residents.

9%

Percent of singularly Asian residents in Los Angeles County who lacked health insurance.



Also see: How the San Gabriel Valley Became America's "Suburban Chinatown.



Jobs

63%

Percent of Asian residents in Los Angeles County, age 16 and older, who were in the civilian labor force.

12%

Percent of civilian employed singularly Asian residents in Los Angeles County, age 16 years and older, who worked in management occupations.

95,092

Number of singularly Asian residents in business and financial management occupations in Los Angeles County. In addition, 86,927 in healthcare pracititioners and technical occupations; 76,981 in computer, engineering and science occupations; 33,173 were in educational instruction and library occupations; 8,959 in protective service occupations such as firefighting and law enforcement.


Business

San Gabriel Square, Business, San Gabriel

San Gabriel Square in San Gabriel. Photo by Myasuda at Wikimedia Commons.


55,036

Number of Asian-owned businesses with employees in Los Angeles County, in 2017. Asians own 68% of all minority-owned businesses in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County had the largest number of Asian-owned businesses among U.S. counties, with Orange County, California, being in a distant second place.

$98 billion

Receipts from Asian-owned businesses with employees in Los Angeles County, in 2017.

24%

Percent of all businesses with employees in Los Angeles County, in 2017, that were Asian-owned.


Veterans

Susan Ahn Cuddy, Philip Ahn, Ralph Ahn, Asian American, Korean American, Circa 1944

Korean American U.S. Naval officer Susan Ahn Cuddy with brothers Ralph and Philip, during World War II. From U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command.


22,031

Number of Asian veterans of the U.S. armed forces in Los Angeles County.



* U.S. Census estimates based on American Community Survey data and surveys collected over the preceeding 5 years. These estimates are issued annually between full Dicennial Census counts conducted each decade.
Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau
California Dept. of Finance, Demographic Research Unit


Also see:
-- "Most Chinese" Communities in America
-- How the San Gabriel Valley Became America's "Suburban Chinatown"