AFFLUENT AND PROGRESSIVE
South Asians of United States are one of the wealthiest, most educated and progressive segments, with more disposable incomes than mainstream Americans. They are also extremely tech savvy, and one of the early adopters of new technology. Often referred to as the “model minority.”
South Asian immigrants taken together have a more diverse socioeconomic profile than Indian Americans. They trace their ancestry to India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Some immigrants from the Caribbean, East Africa and Fiji also identify themselves as South Asians.
FASTEST GROWING SEGMENT
South Asian populations are the largest in California, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Illinois. They are also the largest Asian American group in more than 20 US states, including New Jersey, Georgia and Illinois. This segment is growing at a rate higher than that of Hispanic immigrants.
DID YOU KNOW?
South Asians are the fastest growing immigrant group in the US
South Asians have been one of the fastest growing immigrant groups in the United States, increasing in population from 2.2 million in 2000 to 4.9 million in 2015. The growth rate for the South Asian population greatly exceeds that of the Asian American population as a whole, as well as that of the Hispanic and non-Hispanic American population. Indians comprise the largest segment of the South Asian community, making up over 80% of the total population, followed by Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalis, Sri Lankans, Bhutanese, and Maldivian.
The Early Settlers
Some of the earliest known South Asian settlers in North America were from the regions of Punjab and Bengal. Among the early immigrants were “‘six or seven Indian sailors’ brought to New England seminaries in the 1820s.READ MORE