The median household income of Indian-Americans—-or Americans of Indian origin—-has crossed the $100,000-per-annum milestone, the highest for any ethnic group, including white, native-born Americans.
A snapshot released by the US Census Bureau last week reveals that this groundbreaking figure was actually crossed almost two years ago in 2013, but came to light only on Friday, when the bureau put the data out as part of the Asian/Pacific American Heritage month celebrated in May.
Indian-Americans have long been recognised by US agencies and socio-political cognoscenti as America’s best-educated and wealthiest ethnic group.
According to the Census Bureau, the median income of households headed by people of Asian origin in 2013 was $72,472, much higher than the national median income of around $51,000.
But, even among Asian-Americans, Indian-Americans racked it up at $100,547—-almost the double the national median income and significantly more than even white, non-Hispanic Americans whose medium income is about $57,000.
Indian-Americans also out-earned other South Asian groups, such as Pakistani-Americans ($63,000) and Bangladeshi-Americans ($51,000).
Previously, the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey in 2010 had put the Indian-American median family income at $86,135.