Fact Sheet: Indonesian in the US

Pew Research Center, a well-known research institution, has published a new and in-depth analysis about the diversity of the Asian American population in the United States, with data on key demographic, economic, educational, work, and population characteristics. All analyses come from the latest available data via a three-year dataset constructed from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017-2019 American Community Survey, and other data sources.

The analysis includes population data, English proficiency, length of time in the US, education attainment, poverty level, top 10 metropolitan areas, demographic characteristics, and economic characteristics. Below are data for Indonesian-American. Data for other Asian Americans are at the end of the article.

Indonesian Population

English Proficiency

Length of time in the United States

Educational Attainment

Population living in poverty

Top 10 U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Demographic characteristics

% (unless otherwise noted)

Among Indonesians in the U.S.
All Asians
in the U.S.
AllU.S. bornForeign born
MEDIAN AGE (in years)34391844
AGE
Younger than 57312<0.5
5-171713384
18-2918192916
30-391716919
40-491420526
50-641620624
65+119112
NATIVITY
U.S. born4326
Foreign born5774
YEARS IN U.S. (among foreign born)
0-5 years2120
6-10 years1311
11-15 years1113
16-20 years1220
21+ years4436
CITIZENSHIP (among foreign born)
U.S. citizen5946
Not a U.S. citizen4154
MARITAL STATUS (18 and older)
Married59602666
Divorced/Separated/Widowed1110511
Never married30306923
FERTILITY (among women ages 15 to 44)
Women who have given birth in the past 12 months65***6
HOUSEHOLD TYPE, BY PERSONS
Married-couple household71717470
Other family household13131113
Non-family household15171517
IN A MULTIGENERATIONAL HOUSEHOLD
Multigenerational household27201921

The symbol *** indicates insufficient number of observations to provide a reliable estimate.
Note: Family households are those with a household head and one or more persons living in the household who are related to the household head by birth, marriage or adoption. Households with a household head and an unmarried partner are only considered family households if there are other persons in the household who are related to the household head by birth, marriage or adoption. Multigenerational households are households with two or more adult generations or one that includes grandparents and grandchildren. Figures may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Due to data limitations, figures for Indonesians based on single-race population only, regardless of Hispanic origin. Figures for all Asians based on mixed-race and mixed-group populations, regardless of Hispanic origin. See methodology for more detail.
Source: Pew Research Center analysis of 2017-2019 American Community Survey (IPUMS).

Economic Characteristics

% (unless otherwise noted)

Among Indonesians in the U.S.
All Asians
in the U.S.
AllU.S. bornForeign born
MEDIAN ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME$85,800$80,000***$76,000
MEDIAN ANNUAL PERSONAL EARNINGS (ages 16 and older with positive earnings)
All$40,000$36,000$29,000$37,000
Full-time, year-round workers$60,000$51,000***$51,000
EMPLOYMENT STATUS (civilians ages 16 and older)
Employed64646664
Not employed3444
Not in labor force34323032
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE (civilians ages 16 and older in the labor force)4565
LIVING IN POVERTY
All ages1011912
Younger than 1810108***
18-6410121012
65 and older127******
HOMEOWNERSHIP (households)
Owner-occupied5955***57
Renter-occupied4144***43

The symbol *** indicates insufficient number of observations to provide a reliable estimate.
Note: The household population excludes persons living in institutions, college dormitories and other group quarters. Households are classified by the race or detailed Asian group of the head. “Full-time, year-round workers” are defined as people ages 16 and older who usually worked at least 35 hours per week and at least 48 weeks in the past year. The share of the population ages 16 and older who are not employed differs from the unemployment rate because the share not employed is based on the total population, while the unemployment rate is based on those who are in the labor force (i.e. working or looking for work). Poverty status is determined for individuals in housing units and non-institutional group quarters. It is unavailable for children younger than 15 who are not related to the householder, people living in institutional group quarters and people living in college dormitories or military barracks. Due to the way in which the IPUMS assigns poverty values, these data will differ from those provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Figures may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Due to data limitations, figures for Indonesians based on single-race population only, regardless of Hispanic origin. Figures for all Asians based on mixed-race and mixed-group populations, regardless of Hispanic origin. See methodology for more detail.
Source: Pew Research Center analysis of 2017-2019 American Community Survey (IPUMS).

For more info about the survey, visit the Pew Research Center:
https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/fact-sheet/asian-americans-indonesians-in-the-u-s

For other Asian-American groups:
https://www.pewresearch.org/topics/asian-americans/