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US Asians/Pacific Islanders of different ancestries have very different neighborhood opportunities

Indicators, Visualizations | March 7, 2017

Asians are more concentrated in the highest-opportunity neighborhoods of many U.S. metro areas than are any other racial group, including whites. But Asian racial subgroups are extraordinarily diverse, and these subgroups are equally diverse in their distribution across neighborhoods of differing opportunity levels. Explore this diversity for almost two dozen Asian subgroups as well as for Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders across the 100 largest metro areas new indicators and visualizations by  


The Kirwan Institute Child Opportunity Index (COI) is a measure of relative neighborhood opportunity for children across neighborhoods in a metro area, based on 19 indicators important for children's wellbeing. Across the 100 largest metros combined, 50% of Taiwanese reside in very high-opportunity neighborhoods (the best 20% of neighborhoods within their metro area) compared to only 5% of the Hmong population, according to the Child Opportunity Index.

In addition to the Taiwanese population, Koreans, Japanese, and Indians were most concentrated in very high-opportunity neighborhoods. In contrast, several Southeast Asian origin groups, including Hmong, Laotian, Cambodian, and Burmese, were least concentrated in very high-opportunity neighborhoods in their metro areas.


Even within the same Asian and Pacific Islander subgroup, the share living in the highest opportunity neighborhoods of their metro area differs substantially across metros.  For example, 66% of Chinese living in Pittsburgh reside in the very high-opportunity neighborhoods of that metro, but only 19% of Chinese living in San Francisco reside in the very high-opportunity neighborhoods of that metro. 03.07.2017