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Published with permission from Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) using the data from the 2000 Census.

“For the third decade in a row, Asians and Pacific Islanders were the fastest growing major racial/ethnic group in Los Angeles County.”

“L.A. County's Asian and Pacific Islander population is larger than that of any state in the nation, except California.  There are more Chinese, Filipinos, and Koreans in Los Angeles County than in the states of New York or Hawaii.”

“The largest concentration of Asians is found in the San Gabriel Valley (SGV), with other clusters located in the southeast in cities such as Long Beach and Cerritos and in the southwest in Torrance and Gardena.  Areas with new and growing Asian populations are found at the far fringes of the county in places such as Diamond Bar, La Mirada, and Santa Clarita.”

Sixty percent of Los Angeles County's Cambodian population lives in the city of Long Beach.

“...more than one thousand Pacific Islanders live in the cities of Compton, Torrance, and Hawthorne.”

There are many communities that are more than 50% Asian such as Monterey Park, Cerritos, Walnut, Rowland Heights, San Gabriel, San Marino, Rosemead, Alhambra, and Arcadia.

Filipinos are the largest Asian group in Southern California, followed closely by Chinese.

Los Angeles County has the largest number of Asians among all counties nationwide.  Los Angeles is home to 1.3 million...”

National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA)

Pacific Islander Substance Abuse Fact Sheet, April 26, 2005

There are six Pacific Island jurisdictions:  American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marian Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau.

From Asian Americans for Civil Rights and Equality (AACRE)

  • APIs represent almost 20% of two-parent households who receive CalWORKs funding and almost 10% of the total CalWORKs cases.  This program is a primary safety net and assists recipients a way to become part of the workforce.
  • APIs represent approximately 15% of the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment (SSI/SSP) recipients.
  • APIs are the largest ethnic group for elderly on SSI/SSP.
  • 16% of the In Home Supportive Services recipients are APIs and about 75% who are in the program are over 65 years in age.

Homelessness and Mental Illness – Source: NAMI California and Pacific Clinics, 2005

  • An estimated 50,000 mentally ill people will sleep on California’s streets tonight.  About one-third of them are veterans.
  • 20-40% of the homeless population suffer from mental illness vs. about 2% of the general population
  • 50% of the mentally ill population, mostly males ages 18-44, also has a substance abuse problem.

The Economics of Mental Health Care – Source: NAMI California and Pacific Clinics, 2005

  • For every dollar spent on mental health services, $5 will be saved in overall healthcare costs.


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