Indian American Population Approaches 4 Million

The Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan American think tank based in Washington, D.C., published key facts on social trends among Asian sub groups in the U.S. based on research conducted from 2000 – 2015.

Listed below are some key findings on people originating from India:

  • The Indian population in the U.S., in 2000 was 1,900,000 and in 2015 it was 3,982,000.
  • 80 percent of Indians ages 5 and older are proficient in English.
  • Educational attainment of the Indian Population in the U.S. in 2015
Category High school or less Some college Bachelor’s Degree Postgrad Degree
All 17% 10% 32% 40%
U.S. Born 12% 14% 33% 41%
Foreign Born 18% 10% 32% 40%
All Asians 29% 20% 30% 21%
All Americans 41% 29% 19% 11%


  • Economic characteristics of U.S. Indian population, 2015
Among ALL Indians in US Among US-Born Indians Among Foreign-Born Indians
Median Annual Household Income $100,000 $85,000 $100,001
  • Top 10 U.S. metropolitan areas by Indian population, 2015
Metro Area Indian Population
New York 666,000
Chicago 214,000
San Francisco 174,000
San Jose, CA 165,000
Washington D.C. 158,000
Los Angeles 153,000
Dallas Fort Worth 145,000
Houston 125,000
Philadelphia 108,000
Atlanta 105,000


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Gunjan Bagla
California-based management consultant Gunjan Bagla runs Amritt, a consulting firm helping American companies to succeed in India. Amritt is the trusted advisor for India market research, India business development, India market entry, Global Engineering, Global Technology Scouting, India R&D and Open Innovation. Gunjan is author of "Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today from Tomorrow’s Most Exciting Market" (Hachette Book Group, 2008), Amazon's top rated title on the subject. He has appeared as the India Expert on BBC Television, Bloomberg TV, Fox Cable Business and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Business Week for his expertise on India.


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