Filipino Immigrants in the United States

Report Author: 
Aaron Terrazas and Jeanne Batalova
Original Date of Publication: 
2010 Apr

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The 1.7 million Filipino immigrants in the United States made them the country's second-largest immigrant group in 2008 after Mexican immigrants.  

Heavily concentrated in the western U.S., the Filipino-born account for almost half of all immigrants in Hawaii. Compared to other immigrant groups, Filipinos are better educated than the immigrant population overall, and Filipino immigrant women are more likely than other immigrant women to participate in the civilian labor force.  

This spotlight focuses on Filipino immigrants, examining the population's size, geographic distribution and socioeconomic characteristics using data from the US Census Bureau's 2008 American Community Survey (ACS) and 2000 Decennial Census, and the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) for 2008.  

A 2003 report is available for comparison.

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Terrazas, Aaron and Jeanne Batalova (2010). Filipino Immigrants in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved from

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute