NRIs lead all in income and education in US, even all Asian subgroups and Hispanics
Los Angeles, June 19, 2012
Aaccording to the Pew Research Centre, NRIs (non-resident Indians) are the best-educated, fastest-growing community and highest-income in the US. NRIs have the highest median household income of $88,000 as compared to asians as a whole have a median household income of $66,000 and the US median of $49,800.
- In 2010, 36 percent of all new immigrants, legal and illegal-about 430,000 Asians moved to the United States as compared with 370,000 Hispanics, or 31 percent of all new arrivals.
- Asians have surpassed Hispanics as the largest stream of new immigrants to the United States, pushing the population of Asian descent to a record 18.2 million and helping to make Asians the fastest-growing racial group in the country.
- In 2007, the ratio was reversed: about 390,000 Asians immigrated in 2007, compared with 540,000 Hispanics.
- Hispanic immigration dropped 31 percent from 2007 to 2010, while Asian immigration increased about 10 percent. NRI Immigration scholar, Jatinder Sharma told us that there are mix of factors, including:
- Increased deportation and border enforcement - Tougher enforcement measures have made a greater impact on the Hispanic immigrant population. About 45 percent of Hispanic immigrants in the United States are here illegally compared with about 13-15 percent of Asian immigrants
- Economic downturn in the United States
- Declining birthrates in Mexico.
Almost 67% of all NRIs have a bachelor's or high degree (compared to 28% nationally and 44% average for all Asian American groups). Almost 40% of all Indians in the United States have a master’s, doctorate or other professional degree, which is five times the national average
Asians have a successful marriage and are good parent as compared to other communities. Japanese and Filipino Americans are the most accepting of interracial and intergroup marriage but NRIs, Vietnamese and Koreans are less comfortable.
NRIs lead all other Asian subgroups as discussed before. Japanese and Filipinos have lower poverty rates than the local public as compare to Koreans, Vietnamese and Chinese have higher poverty rates.
NRIs are more likely to support an activist government and less likely to identify as Republicans. They are the most heavily Democratic Asian subgroup as compare to other Asian groups.
The Asian share of the total population is now about 5.8 percent. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the NRI population in the United States grew from almost 1,678,765 in 2000 (0.6% of U.S. population) to 2,843,391 in 2010 (0.9% of U.S. population), a growth rate of 69.37%, one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States
The findings are part of a study called "The Rise of Asian-Americans," a comprehensive analysis of the Asian population in the United States. The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan organization in Washington that has provided some of the most reliable estimates for illegal immigration.