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Asian Ethnic Origin
Los Angeles County

2010 Census & 2019 Census Estimates

Wat Thai Temple Festival

A procession at Wat Thai Buddhist Temple in North Hollywood. Los Angeles Almanac Photo
Los Angeles is home to the largest Thai population outside of Thailand.

Also see:
-- Asian Ethnic Origin by City and Community
-- 2000 Census Figures


Los Angeles County has, by far, the largest Asian population of any county in the United States. According to U.S. Census 2017 estimates, Los Angeles County has 1.46 million persons of Asian descent (racially Asian alone; 1.68 million when mixed with other races), more than twice the Asian population in second-place Santa Clara County, California (671,511). In terms of what percentage of the total population is Asian, however, Los Angeles County’s Asian population makes up only 14 percent of the county’s total population (compared to 35 percent for Santa Clara County and even 20 percent for Orange County, California. Nevertheless, Los Angeles County is also home to the largest populations that are ethnically Chinese, Taiwanese, Filipino, Korean, Cambodian, Thai, Indonesian, Sri Lankan, Mongolian and Malaysian (and the second largest ethnic Japanese population only after Honolulu County, Hawaii).


Also see How the San Gabriel Valley Became America's "Suburban Chinatown."



Asian Alone or in Any Combination With Other Races

Ethnic Origin 2020 Census Estimates* 2010 Census
Population Percent Population Percent
Total Asian 1,488,626 100.00% 1,390,049 100.00%
Asian Indian 103,124 6.93% 83,206 5.99%
Bangladeshi 5,080 0.34% 5,018 0.36%
Bhutanese 8 0.00% 41 0.00%
Burmese 4,706 0.32% 4,995 0.36%
Ethnic Origin 2020 Census Estimates* 2010 Census
Population Percent Population Percent
Cambodian 31,881 2.14% 35,879 2.58%
Chinese (except Taiwanese) 445,822 29.95% 380,445 27.37%
Filipino 339,427 22.80% 331,642 23.86%
Hmong 1,109 0.07% 710 0.05%
Indonesian 9,341 0.63% 10,004 0.72%
Ethnic Origin 2020 Census Estimates* 2010 Census
Population Percent Population Percent
Japanese 96,810 6.50% 110,986 7.98%
Korean 207,483 13.94% 221,031 15.90%
Laotian 3,223 0.22% 3,676 0.26%
Malaysian 767 0.05% 1,291 0.09%
Mongolian 2,696 0.18% N/A N/A
Ethnic Origin 2020 Census Estimates* 2010 Census
Population Percent Population Percent
Nepalese 2,541 0.17% 1,171 0.08%
Okinawan 147 0.01% N/A N/A
Pakistani 11,797 0.79% 10,114 0.73%
Sri Lankan 4,108 0.28% 4,952 0.36%
Taiwanese 29,400 1.97% 43,836 3.15%
Ethnic Origin 2020 Census Estimates* 2010 Census
Population Percent Population Percent
Thai 24,670 1.66% 27,058 1.95%
Vietnamese 99,342 6.67% 99,517 7.16%
Other Asian, specified 2,162 0.15% 1,948 0.14%
Other Asian, not specified 7,846 0.53% 12,529 0.90%

* U.S. Census estimates based upon data and surveys collected by the American Community Survey over the preceding five-year period. These estimates are issued annually between full Dicennial Census counts conducted each decade.
† Not counted in the 2010 Census.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau


The 1860 U.S. Census was the first to record Asian persons residing in Los Angeles County. The census of that year counted 11 "Asiatic" persons (later classified as Chinese) in Los Angeles County.