Pacific Islander Californians on the Path from Postsecondary to Prosperity

Postsecondary to Prosperity Dashboard: Pacific Islander Californians

As California works to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19, our state needs to revitalize its higher education system with a renewed focus on equity, inclusivity, and accessibility. The new California Postsecondary to Prosperity Dashboard offers key insights into statewide and regional data on educational opportunity, economic mobility, quality of life, and more to inform these necessary changes.

The Dashboard also makes powerful connections between demographics and outcomes to measures of prosperity. For example, Pacific Islander Californians have above-average high school graduation rates but have below-average college outcomes.


  • While more Pacific Islander students graduate from high school compared with the state average, fewer enroll directly in college, and they are 17 percent more likely to not hold any degree and 34 percent less likely to hold a bachelor’s degree, compared with the state average.
  • Pacific Islander Californians are less likely to have a job and earn a living wage than Californians as a whole—56 percent of Pacific Islander Californians earn a living wage, compared with 64 percent of Californians.
  • Pacific Islander Californians are more likely to have health insurance compared with the state average but less likely to own a home.

To learn more, explore the California Postsecondary to Prosperity Dashboard.

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