More than 1 in 10 US restaurants serve Asian food, new study finds

More than 1 in 10 US restaurants serve Asian food, new study finds

The highest concentration of Asian restaurants can be found in the five states where most Asian Americans also live

May 24, 2023
Some 12% of restaurants in the U.S. serve Asian food, and most of them are Chinese, Japanese or Thai, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center.
The think tank studied data regarding U.S. restaurants from SafeGraph, which curates high-precision data on millions of places around the world. Upon collection of the data in March, the company had records for 787,153 open restaurants across the country.
The 12% finding slightly exceeds the 7% share of Asian Americans in the U.S. population. Of these restaurants, around seven in 10 serve only Chinese, Japanese or Thai, whose communities collectively make up 33% of Asians in the U.S.
About four in 10 (39%) restaurants serve Chinese food, comprising the most out of the bunch. 
Japanese restaurants came second with 28%, followed by Thai at 11%. In comparison, Chinese people account for 24% of the U.S.’ Asian population. Japanese Americans make up 11%, while Thai Americans comprise just 2%.
On the flipside, Indian and Filipino Americans make up almost 40% of the country’s Asian population, yet Indian and Filipino restaurants only account for 7% and 1% of U.S. Asian restaurants, respectively. Pakistani restaurants also comprise 1%, while Mongolian and Burmese restaurants each account for less than 1%.
Pew’s analysis included an unspecified category labeled “Other Asian,” which makes up 19%. These restaurants reportedly include “noodles” or “bubble tea shop” tags that do not explicitly reference an origin group.
The analysis also found that Asian restaurants are concentrated in just a few states. 
Approximately 45% are in California, New York, Texas, New Jersey and Washington, almost mirroring the 55% of all Asian Americans who live in said states.
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