AAPI Research

AAPI Census Data Report

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are among the fastest growing race groups in the United States. According to the 2020 US Census, approximately 6% (19.9 million people) of the population identified themselves as Asian alone, up from 4.8% (14.7 million people) in 2010. An additional 4.1 million identified themselves as Asian in combination with another race group.In the 2020 Census.

The growth was similarly strong for Native Hawaiins and Pacific Islanders. In 2020, 689,966 people (0.2%) identified as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, up from 540,013 people (0.2%) in 2010. In combination with another race group, an additional 896,497 people identified as Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

The results from each Census, conducted every ten years, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which is conducted annually, has wide implications for AAPIs, from determining how federal funds are spent to the drawing of district lines, used to determine everything from local school boards to seats in Congress. The growing footprint of AAPIs across many parts of the country also means that AAPIs have become and will continue to be impactful in deciding elections. 

Using data from the US Census and ACS, the AAPI Census Data Report provides an overview of the most recent population breakdown by State, including the percentage of the total population, population growth since 2010, and State counties with the largest percentages of AAPIs. 


Politics, Social Media, & Peer Outreach: Mobilizing the Asian American Youth Electorate in the South

Given the significance of the AAPI youth electorate, as well as the dearth of in-depth data on the perspectives of young Asian Americans and their relationships vis-a-vis politics and social media, this project seeks to gather and interpret qualitative data from Asian American youth in key metropolitan areas in the South.


Spotlight on the 50+ AAPI Population Report

The Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander population above the age of 50 is one of the fastest growing segments of an already rapidly growing racial group. However, gaps in civic engagement, education, and outreach persist for AAPI, particularly AAPI 50+. There is a lack of outreach for both voting and volunteerism, as well as a lack of outreach through popular mediums, such as ethnic media.