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Educational Attainment
of Filipino Americans
and other Asians

In 1990, 78% of all Asians 25 years old and over were at least high school graduates. This, compared to the national average of high school graduates which was 75%. Education is highly valued in Asian communities, but the education attainment of different Asian groups varied widely as well. In general, Asian men had higher rates of high school graduation or higher education than Asian women.

Graph 1.1

Graph 1.1 (above) shows the percentage of male and female high school graduates by ethnicity:
Ethnic Group: Male: Female:
Chinese 77.2% 70.2%
Filipino 84.2%

81.4%

Japanese 89.9% 85.6%
Asian Indian 89.4% 79%
Korean 89.1% 74.1%
Vietnamese 66.5% 53.3%
Cambodian 46.2% 25.3%
Hmong 44.1% 18%
Laotian 49.4% 29.8%
Thai 66.6% 66.2%
Other Asians 65.9% 78.7%
Total Population: 76.7% 74.8%

 


Graph 1.2

Graph 1.2 shows the percentage of asian male and female college graduates or those with higher degrees:
Ethnic Group: Male: Female:
Chinese 46.7% 35%
Filipino 36.2% 41.6%
Japanese 42.6% 28.2%
Asian Indian 65.7% 48.7%
Korean 46.9% 25.9%
Vietnamese 22.3% 12.2%
Cambodian 8.6% 3.2%
Hmong 7% 3%
Laotian 7% 3.5%
Thai 47.7% 24.9%
Other Asians 47.5% 34.2%
Total Population: 23.3% 17.8%