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Asians in Los Angeles County
By the Numbers

People, Asian

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Unless otherwise noted, all numbers are 2019 U.S. Census estimates.

Population

1.5 million

The Asian population in Los Angeles County. 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 702,881, Orange County, California, at 649,042, and Queens County, New York, at 583,459

9.5%

Percent increase in the Asian population in Los Angeles County, between 2010 and 2019.

1.1 million

Projected Asian population for Los Angeles County, in 2060. This projection would make the Asian population 11.3 percent of the county's population by that year.

14.6%

Percent of population in Los Angeles County of Asian heritage. Of Los Angeles County’s Asian population, 30.1 percent were of Chinese (except Taiwanese) origin, 23.2 percent Filipino, 14.2 percent Korean, 7.0 percent of Asian Indian, 6.6 percent of Japanese, 6.3 percent Vietnamese, 2.2 percent Cambodian, 1.8 percent Taiwanese and 1.7 percent Thai. The remainder were of Pakistani, Indonesian, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Burmese, Laotian, Mongolian, Nepalese, Hmong, Malaysian, Okinawan, Bhutanese, or other Asian origin.

65.8%

Percent of Asian population in Los Angeles County who were foreign-born. Of these, 43.3 percent were naturalized U.S. citizens.

30.1%

Percent of California’s Asian population that resided in Los Angeles County.

10

Number of cities, among Los Angeles County’s 88 incorporated cities, in which Asians were were the largest ethnic/racial group. These were Monterey Park (66 percent), Temple City and Walnut (each 63 percent), Arcadia, Rosemead and San Gabriel (each 62 percent), San Marino (60 percent), Cerritos (59 percent), Diamond Bar (58 percent), and Alhambra (51 percent).


Families

357,118
Number of Asian family households in Los Angeles County.

76.7%
Percent of Asian family households in Los Angeles County that were married-couple households.

40.9%
Percent of Asian married-couple households in Los Angeles County that had children younger age 18 present.


Language

1 million

Number of Los Angeles County residents, age 5 and older, who spoke an Asian or Pacific Islander language at home. Asian or Pacific Islander language speakers made up 22.6 percent 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

89.1%

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

53.6%

Percent of Asians, age 25 and older, in Los Angeles County who had a bachelor's degree or higher. Of these, 387,993 had at least a bachelor's degree and 109,606 had an advanced degree (master's, professional, doctorate).

17.8%

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

10%

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


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Income, Poverty and Health Insurance

$86,544

Median income of Asian households in Los Angeles County.

11.1%
Poverty rate among Asians.

6.3%

Percent of Asians in Los Angeles County who lacked health insurance.


Jobs

63%

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

12.3%

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

95,092

Number of Asians 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

55,036

Number of Asian-owned businesses with employees in Los Angeles County, in 2017. Asians own 67.5 percent 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.

24.1%

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


Veterans

22,292

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

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau
California Dept. of Finance, Demographic Research Unit