8.2 per cent of Indian Americans live below poverty line

Indian american poverty

Boasting of having the highest per capita income among all the major ethnic groups, more than eight per cent of the nearly three million Indian Americans are living below the poverty line in the US, a latest Census report revealed yesterday.

According to the 2007-2011 American Community Survey, 42.7 million people in the United States had income below the poverty level. The national poverty rate is 14.7 per cent.

With 8.2 per cent of poverty rate, Indian Americans are far less poor than other ethnic groups and the national average, the Census Bureau report said.

The Japanese Americans too have a 8.2 per cent poverty rate. For the Asian population, poverty rates were higher for Vietnamese (14.7 per cent) and Koreans (15.0 per cent), but the Filipinos have the lowest poverty rate of 5.8 per cent.

Poverty rates for Vietnamese and Koreans were not statis tically different from each other.

According to the report, for Asians, nine states had poverty rates below 10 per cent (Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Virginia and South Carolina).

Among Hispanics, national poverty rates ranged from a low of 16.2 per cent for Cubans to a high of 26.3 per cent for Dominicans.

In its report the Census Bureau said two race groups had poverty rates more than 10 per centage points higher than the national rate of 14.3 per cent: American Indian and Alaska Native (27.0 per cent) and black or African- American (25.8 per cent).

Rates were above the overall national average for Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (17.6 per cent), while poverty rates for people identified as white (11.6 per cent) or Asian (11.7 per cent) were lower than the overall poverty rate.

Poverty rates for whites and Asians were not statistically different from each other.

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