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Indians in Oregon are four times as likely to be multiracial and divorced than in New Jersey.

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An Indian in Oregon or Colorado is four times as likely to be multiracial than one in New Jersey. In just three states — Tennessee, Colorado and Oregon — female Indians are in a majority. By contrast, in Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin, the Indian population is the most male.

A Little India analysis of the 2012 American Community Survey data, released recently by the U.S Census Bureau, paints a very complex and diverse picture of the Indian population distribution by states.

The Indian population is youngest in Minnesota and oldest in Florida and Maryland, which also have the highest proportion of Indians over 65 years among all US States.

The highest proportion of single Indians are found in New York — almost a third of Indian adults. By contrast, the fewest single Indians are found in the adjoining state of New Jersey, which curiously also has the fewest divorces in the Indian community. The Indian divorce rate is highest in Oregon and Florida, double that of New Jersey.

The most educated Indians are found in Massachusetts, where a majority of those over 25 have a graduate or other professional degrees, double the proportion of Indians in New York, which has the lowest educational attainment among Indians in the United States.

Oregon has the most native-born Indians and Indiana the fewest. Naturalization among foreign born Indians is highest in New York and Florida and lowest in Colorado and Minnesota. While nearly half of Indians in Florida speak English at home, fewer than one in six in Indiana do.

Indians in New Jersey (39 minutes) spend almost twice the time to commute to work than those in Oregon (21 minutes).

Ohio and Missouri have the highest proportion of Indians in management, business and science occupations. New York employs the greatest proportion of Indians in service, transportation and construction sectors. Florida and Georgia top in sales occupations.

Indians are three times as likely to be in professional industries in Virginia and Washington than in New York. They are twice as likely to be in education and medical sectors in Missouri and Tennessee than in New Jersey, Washington or Virginia. Tennessee attracts the highest proportion of Indians in the arts and entertainment sector; Ohio and Texas the fewest.

Unsurprisingly, the highest proportion of Indians in public administration are found in Maryland and Virginia — almost ten times that in Minnesota and North Carolina. Colorado is big with Indians in the information sector; New York, transportation; Oregon, manufacturing; Georgia, retail trade; and Connecticut, finance.

The highest proportion of Indians among government workers are in Wisconsin, Virginia and Maryland; the fewest in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Indians in Tennessee, New York and Oregon are almost five times as likely to be self employed as Indians in Minnesota.

The most affluent Indian households are based in New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. Indians with the lowest median household income are found in Florida and New York. Indians in Georgia have the lowest per capita income, almost one-third lower than that of Indians in Virginia, which has the highest.

The greatest gender disparity in income among Indians is found in Tennessee, where Indian males earn almost twice as much as females. New York has the lowest disparity in income by gender, with women earning almost 93 percent that earned by males. New York also has the highest poverty rate among Indian families. Nearly an eighth of Indian American families in New York live in poverty. India poverty rates are lowest in Maryland — almost a quarter that of New York. Florida and Georgia have the highest proportion of Indians without health insurance. By contrast, Massachusetts, which has a universal health insurance law, has the fewest.

California boasts the most expensive Indian homes, which at a median value of $525,000, are almost 2.5 times the value of Indian homes in Florida. However, Indians are paying the highest mortgage costs in New Jersey, even though the median value of Indian homes in the state is almost 20 percent lower than in California. California is also the most expensive for renting homes, almost twice that of lowest ranked Indiana among Indian households.







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NRI | December 2013

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