West Demographic Report 2015


When we talk about the growing Asian American community in the United States, it’s crucial to recognize that Asian Americans are extremely diverse. While some are doing well, others are struggling. We must celebrate the communities’ successes, but also realize that the success of certain ethnic groups often mask the difficulties faced by others that fall under the Asian American and NHPI umbrella. We are able to showcase our contributions and needs by using disaggregated data in our demographic reports.

–  Mee Moua, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice AAJC

Diverse and Dispersed

AAPI population in Arizona has doubled in the last 10 years, far outpacing the growth in community-based services. State and local agencies and service providers struggle to serve (or in most cases bypass) this small, culturally diverse multi-lingual population.

AAPIs in Arizona, like many desert southwest communities, are dispersed throughout large sprawling urban counties. The 180,000 AAPIs in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix metro area) are dispersed throughout its 9,224 square miles.

Traditional gateway communities (like Chinatowns) have not developed in Arizona resulting in a non-existent or nascent civil society. Philanthropic investment in community-based services for Arizona’s AAPI community is almost non-existent. The AAPI community lacks the infrastructure or faces steep barriers to accessing government funding.


Arizona Asian American Association

Arizona Asian Chamber of Commerce

Arizona State University, Asian Pacific American Studies

Asian Corporate and Entrepreneur Leaders

Chinese American Citizens Alliance Phoenix Lodge

Chinese United Association

Council of Filipino Organizations of Arizona

Island Liaison

Japanese American Citizen’s League

OCA Greater Phoenix

OCA Tucson

Pan Asian Community Alliance

Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Arizona

Philippine Nurses Association of Arizona

The 3000 Club