Filipino immigration to the United States began after the U.S. acquired the Philippines in 1898 as a result of the Spanish-American War. (The country became independent in 1946.) A large number of immigrants went to work in Hawaii on plantations before arriving on the U.S. mainland. Today, Filipino Americans are the second-largest group among Asian Americans.
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SOURCES: 2010 American Community Survey and other Census Bureau data; Pew Research Center 2012 Asian-American Survey
NOTE: Census data based on mixed-group and mixed-race populations, regardless of Hispanic origin. For Census figures, Chinese includes Taiwanese. For Pew Research survey findings, respondents with more than one Asian heritage are classified based on the group with which they “identify most.” Respondents who identified as Taiwanese or Chinese Taipei are classified as Chinese Americans.