The report provides detailed information on 15 different Asian and Pacific Islander groups in Los Angeles County. Data is included on age,household size, homeownership, education, income, public assistance,poverty, language spoken at home, English proficiency, citizenship, health insurance coverage, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, and more. The report compares certain findings with data on the state and nation and
provides policy recommendations.
**SOME FINDINGS for Los Angeles County:
- Asian and Pacific Islanders grew by 35% from 1990 to 2000 and now constitute 13% of the county’s population.
- The Chinese population is the fastest-growing group of Asians, who now make up 27% of the county's Asian population of 1.3 million.
- Cambodians and Vietnamese experienced significant decreases in poverty in the 1990s, although most other racial/ethnic groups had increases. Thais experienced an increase in poverty from 11% (1990) to 17% (2000).
- The lowest rates of high school completion are among Cambodians (56% lack a diploma), Hmongs (41%), Tongans (41%), Vietnamese (39%), and Laotians (36%).
- Taiwanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese were the most “linguistically isolated households”, meaning that all members over age 14 have limited English proficiency.
- Asians now make up at least half the population of seven LA County cities, comprising 64% in Monterey Park, 61% in Cerritos, 58% in Walnut, 52% in Rowland Heights and 50% in San Gabriel, San Marino and Rosemead.
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