Asians (Who We Are) by New Strategist

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Fifteen percent of Asians do not have health insurance. In the 18-to-24 age group, the proportion exceeds 25 percent. ■ The relatively high socioeconomic status of Asians insures most will have health insurance, but a large percentage of Asians in every age group lack coverage. 3 Note: Asians are those who identify themselves as being of the race alone or as being of the race in combination with one or more other races. Numbers may not add to total because some people have more than one type of health insurance.

Nineteen percent of Asians have government-provided health insurance, and 17 percent do not have health insurance. ■ Among all Americans, heart disease is the leading cause of death. Among Asians, cancer is number one. WHO WE ARE: ASIANS 37 Asians Are Healthier than Average The percentage of Asians who rate their health as excellent or very good has declined, however. Asian adults are more likely than the average American adult to rate their health as excellent or very good. 5 percent of all adults, according to the federal government’s National Health Interview Survey.

Among all Asian dependents aged 18 to 24, nearly half (48 percent) were enrolled in a four-year college in 2005. For students with family incomes below $25,000, the figure is only slightly below average at 45 percent. It climbs with income to a peak of 61 percent for those with family incomes of $75,000 or more. 3 million Asians enrolled in college, half attend a four-year school, 19 percent are in a two-year school, and 31 percent are in graduate school. 4 million college students are Asian, and the figure reaches 10 percent among college students aged 25 to 29.

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