Facts about the Asian American Community

Current Demographics

  • Asian Americans are among the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States. They currently make up nearly 5% of the U.S. population.
  • The state of Illinois is home to over half a million Asian Americans, or more than 4% of the state population.
  • For more than 10 years, Asian Americans have comprised around 11% of the student population at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Statistics about Psychological Well-being

Unfortunately, up-to-date statistics on the psychological well-being of Asian American communities is not yet available. However, this is what we know:

  • Epidemiological studies tend to show that Asian Americans have lower prevalence rates of mental disorders than other Americans; however, across all available studies, Asian Americans’ prevalence rates are not significantly different from that of other Americans.
  • Prevalence rates for different disorders vary among different Asian American ethnic groups. For example, Southeast Asian Americans have higher rates of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than other Asian Americans.
  • When Asian Americans do have mental health concerns, they seek professional help for these problems at a lower rate than other Americans. When Asian Americans utilize mental health services, the severity of their problems is much higher than that of other Americans. What this means is that Asian Americans delay seeking help until problems get too difficult to manage rather than seeking help when problems arise.