An Answer for Adam from the Diva
Wed, 08 Apr 1998 21:52:33 -0500 (EST)

I am de-cloaking from my usual lurker status for the second time in one
day. The reason? Adam e-mailed me last week asking if I would use my
divine skills as an information diva to answer some questions for
him -- mostly obscure trivia-type questions. Adam also requested that any
answers I found be FoRK'ed. So, without further ado, here is the first of
Adam's questions with what I found for an answer:

>Q1: How many Indians are U.S. citizens? (By "Indian" I don't mean Native
>Americans; I mean people whose ancestors are from the South Asian
>subcontinent of India)


570,000 (source: U.S. Census Bureau Supplementary Report, Detailed
Ancestry Groups for States, 1990)

The last U.S. census of population was taken in 1990, thus this information is
not as current as one would like (but it is the "official" gov't stat so I
included it).

Bits culled from a recent article located at:

"The number of Asian Indian immigrants grew from 15,000 in 1965 to 500,000 in
1986. Although rapidly growing in numbers, it was not until the 1980 census
that Asian Indians were listed as a separate ethnic group."

"The Asian Indian community has been growing rapidly during the last 30 years.
The census data of 1996 estimates 757,000 Asian Indians in the US. For the
Bay Area the 1990 census data estimates approximately 44,000 out of which
20,000 are living in Santa Clara County, the heart of Silicon Valley. These
numbers have been increasing every year. In a more recent report the _Mercury
News_ counts 50,000 Asian Indians in the Bay Area"

Still one more bit from an article by Marcia Mogelonsky:

"Asian Indians have traditionally flocked to the Northeast, and primarily to
the northern portions of New York and New Jersey. But California led the states
in 1990, with almost 159,000 Asian-Indians, up from 60,000 in 1980."

(source: Mogelonsky, Marcia "Asian-Indian Americans" American Demographics
Magazine, August 1995)
Online version of Mogelonsky article located at:

Conclusion: The most recent estimate from a verifiable source is 757,000. I
did, however, find one source that estimated 815,000 but they did not state
where the data came from for this estimated. One other source stated that the
Asian-Indian population is nearing the one million mark -- but once again they
did not substantiate this claim with verifiable data.

NB: None of these sources made it clear if they were counting only those
Asian-Indians who had become citizens or not.... I assume that these numbers
include those who have a green card and are permanent residents.

Just for Fun:

The current population of the US (projected to 4/8/98 at 7:34 PM EDT) is:

In the US, there is ... one birth every 8 seconds
one death every 13 seconds
one international migrant (net) every 35 seconds
Net gain of one person every 14 seconds

see: <> for up-to-the-minute projections
of the US population and other population facts.

Stay tuned.... I will be answering Adam's other questions in the next few days
as time permits ...


Janie L. Wilkins
Reference/ILL Librarian
Hobart and Wm. Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY 14456

"I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean"
-- G.K. Chesterton