Asian immigrants often better off than whites in U.S.: study


Asian immigrants tend to live in highly segregated enclaves in the United States and their income level is often higher than that of white Americans, a study published Wednesday said.

The nearly 18 million Asian immigrants to the U.S. are the country’s fastest growing minority group, more than doubling since 1990, research by Brown University showed.

Data from the U.S. Census provided a snapshot of the Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese living in the country and how trends have changed.

The report, “Separate but Equal: Asian Nationalities in the U.S.,” found that Indians and Japanese were the most economically advantaged nationalities, while Vietnamese had the lowest incomes and the least education among Asian groups.

Still, Vietnamese tended to live in neighborhoods that were about on par with average whites, the report said.

Every other Asian nationality lived on average in neighborhoods with higher incomes and more college-educated residents than non-Hispanic whites did, it said.

Chinese were the single largest national group, with more than 4 million people or a quarter of the Asian total, followed by Filipinos (3.4 million) and Indians (3.2 million).

“Indians and Japanese are the more advantaged nationalities, while Vietnamese have the highest unemployment, lowest income, and least education among these groups,” the report said.

Indians had the highest median household income among Asians, at $89,600 in 2010 compared to non-Hispanic whites at $54,000.

Filipinos were second highest, followed by Chinese and Japanese.