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September 8, 2017

Malaysians in the U.S. Fact Sheet

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    Malaysian population in the U.S., 2000-2015

    Year Population
    2000 19,000
    2010 26,000
    2015 30,000

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    English proficiency of Malaysian population in the U.S., 2015

    Category English proficient
    All 70%
    U.S. born*** ***
    Foreign born 67%
    Adults 69%
    All Asians 70%

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    Length of time in the U.S. for Malaysian immigrants, 2000-2015

    • All Malaysian immigrants
    • All Asian immigrants

    Educational attainment of Malaysian population in the U.S., 2015

    Category High school or less Some college Bachelor's degree Postgrad degree
    All 27% 12% 34% 27%
    U.S. born*** *** *** *** ***
    Foreign born 28% 11% 33% 28%
    All Asians 29% 20% 30% 21%
    All Americans 41% 29% 19% 11%

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    U.S. Malaysian population living in poverty, 2015

    Group All Americans All Asians All Malaysians
    All 15.1% 12.1% 27.7%
    U.S. born*** 14.7% 11.2% ***
    Foreign born 17.8% 12.8% 28.2%

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    Top U.S. metropolitan areas by Malaysian population, 2015

    Metro area Malaysian population
    New York 3,000
    Los Angeles 2,000
    San Francisco 1,000
    Boston 1,000
    San Jose, CA 1,000
    Houston 1,000
    State College, PA 1,000
    Bloomington, IN 1,000
    Washington, DC 1,000

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    Demographic characteristics of U.S. Malaysian population, 2015

    % (unless otherwise noted)

    Among Malaysians in the U.S.
    All Asians
    in the U.S.
    All U.S. born Foreign born
    MEDIAN AGE (in years) 34 30 *** 33
    AGE
    Younger than 5 7 3 *** 2
    5-17 18 10 *** 4
    18-29 19 36 *** 37
    30-39 16 16 *** 17
    40-49 15 15 *** 18
    50-64 16 15 *** 16
    65+ 10 6 *** 7
    NATIVITY
    U.S. born 41 17 - -
    Foreign born 59 83 - -
    YEARS IN U.S. (among foreign born)
    0-5 years 20 - - 42
    6-10 years 14 - - 9
    11-15 years 13 - - 12
    16-20 years 11 - - 8
    21+ years 42 - - 28
    CITIZENSHIP (among foreign born)
    U.S. citizen 58 - - 24
    Not a U.S. citizen 42 - - 76
    MARITAL STATUS (18 and older)
    Married 59 43 *** 45
    Divorced/Separated/Widowed 12 6 *** 6
    Never married 30 51 *** 49
    FERTILITY (among women ages 15 to 44)
    Women who have given birth in the past 12 months 6 *** *** ***
    HOUSEHOLD TYPE, BY PERSONS
    Married-couple household 71 51 *** 50
    Other family household 17 13 *** 13
    Non-family household 12 35 *** 37
    IN A MULTIGENERATIONAL HOUSEHOLD
    Multigenerational household 26 11 *** 11

    The symbol *** indicates insufficient number of observations to provide a reliable estimate.
    Note: Family households are those with a household head and one or more persons living in the household who are related to the household head by birth, marriage or adoption. Households with a household head and an unmarried partner are only considered family households if there are other persons in the household who are related to the household head by birth, marriage or adoption. Multigenerational households are households with two or more adult generations or one that includes grandparents and grandchildren. Figures may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Due to data limitations, figures for Malaysians based on single-race population only, regardless of Hispanic origin. Figures for all Asians based on mixed-race and mixed-group populations, regardless of Hispanic origin. See methodology for more detail.
    Source: Pew Research Center analysis of 2013-2015 American Community Survey (IPUMS).

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    Economic characteristics of U.S. Malaysian population, 2015

    % (unless otherwise noted)

    Among Malaysians in the U.S.
    All Asians
    in the U.S.
    All U.S. born Foreign born
    MEDIAN ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME $73,060 *** *** ***
    MEDIAN ANNUAL PERSONAL EARNINGS (ages 16 and older with positive earnings)
    All $35,600 $30,500 *** $38,500
    Full-time, year-round workers $51,000 *** *** ***
    EMPLOYMENT STATUS (civilians ages 16 and older)
    Employed 61 54 *** 53
    Not employed 4 2 *** 2
    Not in labor force 35 44 *** 44
    UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (civilians ages 16 and older in the labor force) 6.0 3.8 *** 4.3
    LIVING IN POVERTY
    All ages 12.1 27.7 *** 28.2
    Younger than 18 12.0 *** *** ***
    18-64 12.1 30.0 *** 28.6
    65 and older 12.8 *** *** ***
    HOMEOWNERSHIP (households)
    Owner-occupied 57 *** *** ***
    Renter-occupied 43 *** *** ***

    The symbol *** indicates insufficient number of observations to provide a reliable estimate.
    Note: The household population excludes persons living in institutions, college dormitories and other group quarters. Households are classified by the race or detailed Asian group of the head. “Full-time, year-round workers” are defined as people ages 16 and older who usually worked at least 35 hours per week and at least 48 weeks in the past year. The share of the population ages 16 and older who are not employed differs from the unemployment rate because the share not employed is based on the total population, while the unemployment rate is based on those who are in the labor force (i.e. working or looking for work). Poverty status is determined for individuals in housing units and non-institutional group quarters. It is unavailable for children younger than 15 who are not related to the householder, people living in institutional group quarters and people living in college dormitories or military barracks. Due to the way in which the IPUMS assigns poverty values, these data will differ from those provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Figures may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Due to data limitations, figures for Malaysians based on single-race population only, regardless of Hispanic origin. Figures for all Asians based on mixed-race and mixed-group populations, regardless of Hispanic origin. See methodology for more detail.
    Source: Pew Research Center analysis of 2013-2015 American Community Survey (IPUMS).

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    The Asian American fact sheets were compiled by Gustavo López, research analyst, Anthony Cilluffo, research assistant, and Eileen Patten, former research analyst.