Filipinos are largest Asian group in California


SAN FRANCISCO—Filipinos are the largest Asian minority group in California today.

They also rank second only to Indians for having the least poor and least low-income community members among all Asians in the state. But they also have the lowest admission rates in the University of California system.

These are some of the findings of a comprehensive new study of the Asian American community in California, “A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, 2013,”  by the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, a coalition of several Asian American advocacy groups.

One of the study’s aims is to “debunk the model minority myth” by showing the complexities within the Asian population as well as the diverse economic and health realities experienced by each ethnic group.

Crunched from Census data and statistics from several federal and state agencies on the decade spanning 2000 to 2010, the findings present a detailed look into each of the 23 distinct Asian ethnicities concentrated in California.


Fast growth

Filipinos are the largest ethnic group in California at 1.5 million, followed by Chinese at 1.4 million. The Filipino population grew 34 percent during the decade, mirroring the rapid overall Asian American growth rate.

Indeed, while Latinos are projected to be the majority population in California by 2014, Asians have a faster growth rate of 34 percent compared with Latinos at 28 percent. Whites, meanwhile, declined by five percent.

Up to 55 percent of Filipinos were born in the Philippines, and they represent the highest number of immigrants among Asians who acquired permanent residence in ten years-255,987.

As a result, Tagalog is next only to Chinese as the most spoken among Asian languages. But reflective of diverse ages and educational and social backgrounds, 19 percent of Filipinos over five years old have limited English proficiency.

Filipinos are also intermarrying and having offspring with other ethnic and racial groups-16 percent are multiracial.

Lower earning

Filipinos are relatively well educated. Up to 93 percent of Filipinos have a high school diploma or higher, and 46 percent have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

But along with Laotian, Cambodian and Pakistanis, young Filipinos have the lowest University of California (the state university system) admission rates.

While California’s per capita income is at $29,188 and the Asian per capita income is $29, 841 Filipino per capita income lags at $26,971. Indians have the highest Asian per capita earnings at $40,303. White per capita income is $42,052.

However, the Filipino community is next only to Indians in having the least poor and least low-income members among Asian groups in the state-6 percent of Filipinos are poor and 17 percent low-income.

More than half of Filipinos in the state—58 percent—are homeowners, while 42 percent are renters, compared with 63 percent Chinese homeowners and 64 percent white homeowners.

Heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes are the leading causes of death among Filipinos in California, and 11 percent of them have no health insurance.

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  • joboni96

    pwede na
    from the ‘dogs and pilipinos not allowed’
    in restaurants

    pilipinos are not batting
    commensurate to their numbers
    in the u.s.

    wala kasing astig pro pilipino mindset
    pro bisaya, pro ilocano, pro ako
    pa rin

    as expected from a colonized nation

    no way but up

  • Hey_Dudes

    One might add more TNT’s and NPA’s hence the greatest number specially when it does not involve crossing borders.

  • Sandy

    The big numbers is deceiving.  What is not shown here is the FRAGMENTATION of the Filipino, meaning, CRAB MENTALITY.  There are Ilocano, Tagalog, Pampangeno, Iloilo, Visaya, etc., etc.  Each of these clans treat the other clans almost AS ENEMIES.  If you are not within their circle, YOU ARE OUT.  RESULT – no Filipino U.S. Congressman or Senator has been elected inspite of the big numbers.  Vietnam elected their first U.S. Congressman, also the Chinese, Korean, Indian, etc.  You’ll see infighting in every Filipino organization because of regionalism just mentioned.  Not sure how we got to be this.  It’s a curse and therefore other nationalities treat us accordingly.  Good luck to us, we’ll just continue to trudge in small units.

  • fache

    It doesn’t matter if Filipinos outnumber other Asians in the US, what matter is a serious trend among Filipinos. No unity and they are more indulge in showing off their assets and gossiping. Regionalism is another. When an American mixed with Filipino blood, won an elective office they actually claimed Filipino American. Wake up Filipinos, these Americans with Filipino blood doesn’t give a darn whether you claim them as Filipino American. Make your own identity and not to rely from these half breeds. Furthermore, when in public places, why do you have to talk so loud in Tagalog when you’re only an arm length from one another? In another case, I notice a lot of Filipinos never greet each other or even nod to one another? They maintained a straight face and not even bother to acknowledge, even by just nodding. 

    Yes, I am a Filipino, and the truth hurts, isn’t? 

  • kritz

    dinala kasi nila yung ualging talangka..kaya hayan kahit dumami walang umabot sa tuktok ng kongreso ng america para irepresenta ang mga talangka…kaya tuloy langoy pusit kayu dyan pabaliktad haha…utak dilis..dapat act like a school of fish!unite as one!-maningisda-

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