They are caricatured through convenience store owner Apu in the cartoon series ‘The Simpsons’, celebrated for their victories in Spelling Bee contests and success in Silicon Valley entrepreneurship.
But Indian-Americans are getting there. A demographic snapshot of South Asians in the US crunched out from the 2010 US Census by an NGO group shows the Indian-American population in the US (including multiple ethnicities) grew 68% over the 2000-2010 decade from 1.9 million to 3.19 million. Counting single ethnicity (discounting mixed race), the population grew from 1.67 million to 2.84 million in the same period.
That made Indian-Americans the third largest Asian-American group in the US after Chinese-Americans (3.79 million) and Filipino-Americans (3.42 million), but with a much faster growth rate. People who identified themselves as Indian origin comprise the largest segment of the 3.4 million-strong ‘South Asian Americans,’ a 1990s nomenclature engineered by the Washington mandarins.
According to data released by the Asian American Foundation and Saalt, an organization devoted to strengthening South Asian Communities in America, the voting age population of Indian-Americans (who are US citizens) has now crossed 1 million. It grew 100% from 2000, when it was 576,000, to 1.15 million in 2010.
While the South Asian community as a whole grew 78% over the past decade, the Indian-American growth rate, however, was the slowest in this group.
The Bangladeshi community experienced the most significant growth, jumping 212% to 147,300 in 2010. The combined Bhutanese and Nepali populations grew by at least 155%.