Asian American and Pacific Islander Population
In Washington State, there are more than 674,573 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) according to the U.S. Census Bureau. AAPIs are among the fastest growing populations in the state and nation. More than 48 distinct Asian and Pacific Islander ethnic groups exist representing a diverse range of cultures, languages, religions, and immigration patterns.
Washington State has the seventh largest Asian American population and third largest Pacific Islander population in the nation. While nearly 88 percent of the population lives in the greater Puget Sound area, significant populations reside in the Yakima valley and Clark and Whitman counties.
Educational Opportunity Gaps in Washington (2014)
The Commission is dedicated towards ensuring that all students, no matter their cultural, economic, and/or linguistic traits, have access to quality education and are successful. The Commission has appointed two representatives to serve on the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) to work with educational and community leaders on ways to close the opportunity gaps in Washington.
Bridging the Gap: Asian American and Pacific Islander Community in Washington State (2012)
The Commission is pleased to announce the unveiling of a new resource, Bridging the Gap: the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community in Washington State. This infographic provides current data on gaps in access for the community in the commission’s priority areas of education, healthcare and economic development. Pacific Islanders continue to face some of the highest high school dropout rates and poverty rates in our state.
Policy Briefing Papers (2010)
We are pleased to release policy briefing papers that examine issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
- The State of Asian American/Pacific Islander Small Business in Washington
- The Impact of Asian American and Pacific Islander Graduation Rates on Our Economy
- Cost of Asian American & Pacific Islander Uninsured Workers in Washington
- The Achievement Gap for Asian American and Pacific Islander Students
- Expanding Opportunities in Economic Development for Asian American and Pacific Islander Businesses
- The Costs of Impoverished Asian American & Pacific Islanders
The State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington (2010)
The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs is pleased to release The State of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington, the first comprehensive report examining issues facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
This report looks at several areas: The history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington, education, healthcare and human services, the criminal justice system, economic opportunities, housing, immigration, and political participation.
This report is the result of a collaboration between the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at the Seattle University School of Law, attorneys from Perkins Coie, fellows, and the Commission. The Center donated to the printing of over 1,000 copies of the report which will be provided to the Governor, members of the Legislature, state agency directors, and the AAPI community.