Chinese Americans are Americans of Chinese ancestry. Chinese Americans constitute one group of overseas Chinese and they also constitute a subgroup of East Asian Americans, who also constitute a subgroup of Asian Americans. Many Chinese Americans along with their descendants are immigrants from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, as well as other regions which are inhabited by large populations of the Chinese diaspora, especially Southeast Asia and some other countries such as Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and France.
1.5% of the total U.S. population (2018)
|Regions with significant populations|
|New York • Greater Los Angeles • San Francisco Bay Area • Greater Boston • Chicago metropolitan area • Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area • Seattle metropolitan area • Greater Houston • DFW Metroplex • Delaware Valley • Las Vegas Valley|
|Predominantly American English, varieties of Chinese: |
Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien, Hokchew, Hakka, Wu Chinese (Taihu Wu, Oujiang Wu), Languages of China
|Related ethnic groups|
|Hong Kong Americans • Taiwanese Americans|
Chinese Canadians • Overseas Chinese
|Alternative Chinese name|
The Chinese American community is the largest overseas Chinese community outside Asia. It is also the third largest community in the Chinese diaspora, behind the Chinese communities in Thailand and Malaysia. The 2016 Community Survey of the US Census estimates a population of Chinese Americans of one or more races to be 5,081,682. The Chinese American community comprises the largest ethnic group of Asian Americans, comprising 25.9% of the Asian American population as of 2010. Americans of Chinese descent, including those with partial Chinese ancestry constitute 1.5% of the total U.S. population as of 2017. According to the 2010 census, the Chinese American population numbered approximately 3.8 million. In 2010, half of Chinese-born people living in the United States resided in the states of California and New York.