Homeownership and Overcrowding Among Asian American Households: Findings From the 2012–2016 American Community Survey

Jing Li , Rice University
Isao Takei, Nihon University

Using data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS), this study seeks to provide a systematic documentation and analysis on basic housing situations of major Asian American groups, focusing on homeownership rates and overcrowding. Our findings indicate that Chinese and Vietnamese are much more likely to own a home than their white counterparts. In contrast, Japanese, Filipinos, Asian Indians, and Koreans tend to be disadvantaged relative to whites in terms of homeownership, even after all covariates are controlled, with Koreans being the most disadvantaged. Furthermore, all Asians except for Japanese tend to living in an overcrowded home than whites. Net racial disadvantage is particularly high in the case of Filipinos. Our findings also show how immigration factors such as nativity, length of U.S. residence duration of stay, and household linguistic isolation play a crucial role in the likelihood of owning a home and being exposed to crowded living conditions.

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 Presented in Session 7. Migration & Urbanization