Asian Indians

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Indian Americans make 80 percent of South Asians and form a “model minority.”

Indian Americans, commonly referred to as Asian Indians, are one of the wealthiest, most educated and progressive segments within the South Asian diaspora, with high disposable incomes. Often referred to as the “model minority”, Indian Americans are tech savvy, early adopters of new technology, and the third-largest Asian group in the United States. Thry also comprise 80 percent of all South Asians in the United States. At the current rate, the population of Indian Americans is expected to double in the next 15 years.

ONE OUT OF NINE INDIAN AMERICANS ARE  MILLIONAIRES

As per Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, there are up to 223,000 firms owned by Indians Americans, and 20,000 hotels in the United States belong to Indian Americans.

MOST ARE FOREIGN BORN RECENT ARRIVALS

Over 80% of Indian-American adults are foreign-born, the highest percentage among the six largest Asian-American groups. Half of them are U.S. citizens, the lowest share among the six Asian American subgroups.

MAJORITY RESIDE IN URBAN CITIES

Indian Americans (Asian Indians) reside mainly in urban communities, with 60% distributed in the country’s large metros, 40% live in small towns and suburbs across every US state. They comprise  the largest Asian group in the Midwest and South, followed by the Chinese.

Rich and Most Educated Ethnicity in US

Indian Americans are by far the richest and most educated ethnic group in the United States. Most of them work in highly skilled “specialty occupations” in the U.S. Their median household income of $100,000—is nearly twice as high as that of overall US households. They attain graduate and professional degrees at nearly four times higher rates. Forty percent of Indians age 25 or over have degrees higher than a bachelor’s, (compared with 11 percent of U.S. population) and 72% hold a bachelor’s degree or more. (Diversity in America Magazine, 2018).

Gaining Visibility in Arts and Media 

Indian Americans have served as CEOs of some of the most iconic US corporations, including Microsoft, Google, Adobe, PepsiCo, Mastercard, McKinsey and Citibank. They are also increasingly becoming visible in spaces that have long been inhospitable to them, such as politics, arts and media. Add to this their low rates of poverty, incarceration, divorce and reliance on public welfare, and one can see why Indian Americans are sometimes called a “model minority” in the United States.

The “Hindoo” Monk

In 1893, Swami Vivekananda, whom the American press referred to as the “Hindoo monk of India,” visited Chicago to represent Hinduism at the first-ever Parliament of the World’s Religions.

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