Washington: People of Indian origin are close to
making one percent of America's population of 308.7 million with
their numbers shooting up by a whopping 69.37 percent over the
Indians are now the largest Asian subgroup in 25 states in
America, mainly in the South and Midwest, making them the main
driver in population growth of Asian Americans, according to an
analysis of US 2010 Census data by the California based India-West
The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island metro area had
526,133 Indian Americans in 2010, about 18.5 percent of the
nation's total of 2,843,391 with a dramatic increase in their
numbers from 1,678,765 in 2000.
While California had the most Indian American residents at
528,176, and New York was second at 313,620. Indians have a higher
percentage as a ratio of a state's total population in New Jersey.
There are now 292,256 Asian Indians, as the Census Bureau terms
Indian Americans, in New Jersey, 3.3 percent of the state's total
population. Indian Americans in New Jersey numbered just 169,180
in 2000, so their number has increased almost 73 percent.
The next states after the top three with the largest numbers of
Indian Americans in 2010 were: Texas, 245,981; Illinois, 188,328,
Florida, 128,735; Virginia, 103,916, Pennsylvania, 103,026;
Georgia, 96,116; Maryland, 79,051; Massachusetts, 77,177;
Michigan, 77,132; Ohio, 64,187; Washington, 61,124; and North
Indian Americans are the largest Asian group in six of the 10
largest metro areas in the US. These with their national rankings
by population size listed in brackets were: Chicago (3), Dallas
(4), Philadelphia (5), Washington, D.C. (7) Miami (8) and Atlanta
The Indian American population increased due to several factors,
including the influx of a large number of professionals,
particularly those coming on H-1Bs, according to the India-West
India was also a leading source of foreign students from 2000-10.
Many have stayed to continue their studies or to work in the
country. Many others who immigrated to the US in the 1980s and
1990s have sponsored relatives under the family visas.
Another factor is the growth of small businesses run by Indian
Americans, particularly convenience stores, hotels and motels and
in the health-related fields.
(Arun Kumar can be contacted at email@example.com)