ERIC Number: ED413377
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Asian Pacific Americans in Somerville. Community Profiles in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Univ., Boston. Inst. for Asian American Studies.
The Community Profiles Project uses data from the 1990 U.S. Census to describe some of the population characteristics of Asian Pacific Americans in selected Massachusetts cities and towns. The profiles include basic statistics relating to income, employment, education, and housing. This information can assist policy makers and practitioners in developing programs and policies affecting Asian Pacific Americans that are appropriate, sensitive, and effective. This profile focuses on Somerville. The 2,773 Asian Pacific Americans recorded as living in Somerville by the 1990 Census represented 4% of the city's total population. Chinese were the largest ethnic group, at nearly 40% of the Asian Pacific Americans. English language proficiency was highest in the 18 to 64 age group, and limited in the age group over 65. Household incomes of Asian Pacific Americans in Somerville reflected wide disparities, with the proportion of Asian Pacific Americans in the lowest income categories higher than that of Whites and the total population, and the proportion of Asian Pacific Americans in the highest income categories comparable to that of Whites and the total population. The per capita income of Asian Pacific Americans in Somerville was less than that of Whites and Blacks and more than that of Latinos. Unemployment rates for Asian Pacific American males and females were lower than for most groups, and labor force participation rates were comparable. More than 40% of the city's Asian Pacific Americans were enrolled in school, but a substantially lower percentage of Asian Pacific Americans aged over 25 had at least a ninth-grade education than in the population as a whole. While a much smaller proportion of Asian Pacific Americans were high school graduates when compared with other groups, Asian Pacific Americans had the largest proportion of individuals with undergraduate and graduate college degrees of any group and the total population. These data reflect the diversity of the Asian Pacific American population of Somerville. (Contains eight tables and nine figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Boston Foundation, MA.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston. Inst. for Asian American Studies.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts