The Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community is the fastest growing racial group in the country, growing over four times as rapidly as the total U.S. population.The AAPI population will more than double to over 47 million by 2060. Despite this tremendous growth, AAPIs remain one of the most understudied racial groups in the country.

It is critically important to collect, analyze, and disseminate data on AAPIs to address masked needs within AAPI subgroups. Lack of data, including granular data on AAPIs, has given rise to the model minority myth —the notion that virtually all AAPIs are self-sufficient, well-educated, and upwardly mobile. Greater access to disaggregated data will promote better policies that reflect trends, contributions, realities, and diverse needs in the AAPI community.

Since 2009, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) has convened federal agencies, researchers, and policy advocates to raise issues of concern around AAPI data, working relationships, and the promotion of best practices and approaches to generate more granular data on AAPI communities. Disaggregated data is also a major deliverable for agency plans.


Comments to the Federal Register Notice on Potential Revisions to Federal Race and Ethnicity Data Standards due October 31, 2016

Recently, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a federal register notice that offers the public the opportunity to comment (PDF version here) on the federal government’s policy on maintaining, collecting, and presenting federal data on  race and ethnicity.

Specifically, the public has the opportunity to comment on potential revisions to OMB 1997 standards on collecting and reporting on race and ethnicity data in the following areas:

  • The use of separate questions measuring race and ethnicity and question phrasing;
  • The classification of a Middle Eastern and North African group and reporting category;
  • The description of the intended use of minimum reporting categories; and
  • Terminology used for race and ethnicity classifications.

To facilitate better understanding about this federal register notice and timeline, please see our FAQs here.

On October 14, 2016, WHIAAPI held a public conference call regarding the federal register notice and the opportunity to comment. In this call, Katherine Wallman, Chief Statistician, OMB, and Nicholas A. Jones, Director of Race and Ethnic Research and Outreach, U.S. Census Bureau, discussed the federal register notice and took questions from the public. You may hear the recording of this conference call here, or view the transcript of this conference call here.

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Visit, a one-stop portal of federal data on the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community. contains approximately 2,000 datasets and reports from nearly 50 federal, state, and city sources.

WHIAAPI encourages researchers to leverage this data for new analysis, policymakers to use this data and analysis for smarter planning, and federal representatives to continue contributing vital data to this portal.

Examples from


Topic Indicator Learn more about the source data set on
Education In the first year of college, Asian American and black students have the highest enrollment rates in remedial education courses My Brother’s Keeper Key Statistical Indicators on Boys and Men of Color
Health Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander youth have the second highest rate of HIV infection diagnosis among persons ages 13-24 My Brother’s Keeper Key Statistical Indicators on Boys and Men of Color
Employment Pacific Islanders have the highest unemployment rate of all racial and ethnic groups Current Population Survey- Labor Force Statistics
Immigration Over 40 percent of all immigrants who obtained legal permanent residents in 2011 last resided in an Asian country Department of Homeland Security Immigration Statistics

Below you will find some tools to help you look through AAPI data. Each tool can help complete data analysis of the compiled datasets, and includes links to other resources, documents, and websites that may be helpful for research on the AAPI community.


  • ED Data Inventory: The goal of the ED Data Inventory is to describe all data reported to the Department of Education, with the exception of personnel and administrative data. It includes data collected as part of grant activities, along with statistical data collected to allow publication of valuable statistics about the state of education in this country. The ED Data Inventory includes descriptive information about each data collection, along with information on the specific data elements in individual collections.
  • Census DataFerret: DataFerrett is a data analysis and extraction tool to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements. Using DataFerrett, you can develop an unlimited array of customized spreadsheets that are as versatile and complex as your usage demands then turn those spreadsheets into graphs and maps without any additional software.
  • HHS Refugee Health Network: RHIN provides a searchable database to find various health and refugee resources. Many of its pages are translated into multiple languages, and there is information available for many emerging populations of new and less familiar groups of refugees.
  • HHS Asian American Health Portal: This web resource on Asian American Health, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, is designed to increase public awareness of the health concerns of these important minority groups, who are major contributors to our society’s economy, innovation, and vibrancy. Links are provided to an assortment of documents, Web sites, databases, and other in-language resources.

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Data Disaggregation Resources