Metrics Reveal How Asian Californians Fare Compared to the State Average

Asian Californians are Twice as Likely to Hold Bachelor’s Degrees Compared to the State Average

The new California Postsecondary to Prosperity Dashboard shows how education and economics should be considered in our state’s post-pandemic recovery by providing a richly detailed view of how different groups travel the pathway from high school to the workforce. The Dashboard examines higher education opportunity and access to economic mobility across a range of indicators for California’s diverse regions and populations.

Asian Californians, for instance, have some of the highest rates of college going and employment in the state, though substantial differences exist by region and by national origin. With the Dashboard’s insights into demographics and outcomes, we hope California policymakers will recognize the need for more equitable and inclusive systems.


  • With familial roots in the Far East, Southeast Asia, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam, Asian Californians make up 14 percent of the state’s population and primarily reside in the Bay Area region.
  • Asian Californians typically attain more education compared to the state average: They are more likely to graduate from high school, enroll in college, and to complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Within the Asian population, there's significant variation in degree attainment. For example, 79 percent of South Asian Californians have earned a bachelor's degree, compared to 46 percent of Southeast Asian Californians.

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

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