● Asian American & Pacific Islander communities are now the fastest growing immigrant population in the U.S.
● Between 2000 and 2010, both Asian American and Pacific Islander populations grew significantly, increasing 43% and 32%, respectively. According to a study conducted by the UCLA Study for the Center for Inequality and the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, between 2015 and 2040, the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) population will increase from 20.5 million to 35.7 million.
● By 2040, one in every ten Americans will be AAPI.
● AAPIs are one of the fastest growing electorates with the number of voters doubling to almost 12 million by 2040.
This could have profound implications for this population and local and national politics, as their overall share will increase to 7% by 2040, which can impact the outcomes of presidential races, particularly in swing vote states with a significant AAPI population.
● According to the 2010 Census, roughly 41,000 Korean Americans live in Pennsylvania with the vast majority (30,879) living in the greater Philadelphia area, which includes Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks and Chester Counties.
● Roughly two-thirds of Korean Americans in greater Philadelphia are foreign born.
● Although they are a relatively newer immigrant community, Philadelphia already boasts two Korean American city council people (David Oh & Helen Gym) and Korean American former Senior Deputy Attorney General of PA, Pearl Kim, recently ran to become PA's 5th District Member of Congress.
● Overall Asian American community civic participation in the area is increasing; between 2004 and 2012, the number of Asian Americans who voted in Pennsylvania increased 35%, more than all other racial groups except Latinos.
● During the same period, growth in the number of Asian Americans registered to vote increased 23%, an increase much higher than average (5%).