Demographic Info

Indian-Americans: Demographic Information Updates

Indian-Americans are among the fastest growing immigrant groups in the United States. According to the 2010 Census results, the Indian population in the U.S. has increased exponentially over  the past few years to become the second largest population group after China with 2,846,914 Indian-Americans.
Indian-Americans are one of the wealthiest and best-educated communities in the United States. With an average annual growth rate of 10.5%, it makes Americans from India and their descendants the fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S.


    • The Indian-American population has gone up by more than 80% in last one decade in the states of Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.
    • In last 10 years, the Indian-American population has grown by 68% in California.
    • In New York City while the population of the city increased by 12.5%, the Asian-Indian population increased by 24.6%.
    • In the Bay Area of nine counties, the Indian population has grown by 53%.
    • India sent the third largest number of immigrants in 2010.
    • 69,162 people of Indian origin obtained legal permanent resident status in 2010.
    • Indian companies played a crucial role during the recession by employing 60,000 people across 40 states.
    • They have been instrumental in acquisitions worth $6 billion since 2005 and have also employed thousands of fresh U.S. college graduates.
    • 15% – percentage of Silicon Valley start-up firms owned by Indian-Americans.
    • 59.9% of Indian-Americans work in top managerial positions.
    • Average yearly income of an Indian worker is $51,904.
    • More than 300,000 Indian-Americans work in the Information Technology sector.
    • $69,470 – the median income of Indian-American families, nearly double the median income of all American families — $38,885
    • 200,000 – the number of Indian-American millionaires (Source: Merrill Lynch).
    • The purchasing power of the community is $25 billion.
    • Nearly 10% of the physicians in the U.S. are of Indian origin.
    • Around 35% of the hotels in the country are owned by Indians.
    • More than 5000 Indian-Americans serve as faculties in the universities across America.
    • 104,897 Indian students enrolled in U.S. universities in 2009-2010.
    • 68290 students enrolled for Post graduate studies, while 15192 enrolled for under graduate studies.
    • 64.4% – percentage of Indian-Americans over the age of 25 who have a college degree (BA or higher).
    • Indian-Americans also have a huge marked presence in the national and local political arena. At least 12 candidates won various elections in 2010.
    • Of the total non-farm business owned by the Asians, the Indians own close to 1/5 of the business in America and have earned over $150 billion in revenue.
    • Indian-Americans owned 19.9% of the total Asian firms with a value of $152.5 billion and a recorded growth of 38.2 % in 2007.
    • Over 50% of the H1-B and L visas are issued in India.
    • Over 900,000 Hotel rooms – Asian-Americans currently own 50 percent of the economy lodging sector and 37 percent of all hotels (Source: Asian American Hotel Owners Association).
(Watch out for more updates as data is released in a phased manner by the U.S. Census Bureau.)

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