Philippines to USA Immigration Stats

The USA has around 44 million immigrants, which is a historical high. Filipinos aren’t the top country of origin, but a considerable portion of immigration comes from the country. Experts estimate that over four million Filipinos live in the US today.

This guide discusses major statistics related to the Philippines to USA immigration trend. Check out the top stats and trends, and discover more about the types of work Filipinos do in the US!

Top 10 Philippines Immigrant Stats & Facts

  1. The Philippines has a total population of 109,600,000.

  2. Over 4,200,000 immigrants in the United States come from the Philippines, which is around 10%.

  3. The Filipino population in the US has almost doubled from 2000 to 2019.

  4. Every fifth Asian American is a Filipino.

  5. 84% of all Filipinos in the US are English proficient.

  6. California is the state where most Filipinos live in the US.

  7. Filipinos sent 12.7 billion dollars from the US to this country in 2021.

  8. The average remittance cost for sending money to the Philippines is 4.7% per transaction.

  9. The majority of Filipino workers in the US are female.

  10. 5% of registered nurses in the US were trained in the Philippines.

General Philippines Immigrant Stats

Every fifth Asian American is a Filipino. With over four million people in the US coming from this country, the statistics indicate that’s about 10% of all immigrants. Here are the top stats related to migrating from the Philippines to the USA.

Filipinos Are More English Proficient Than Other Asians in the US

English proficiency includes speaking only English at home or speaking it at least as well as the other language used. Approximately 84% of all Filipinos aged five or up are English proficient. As expected, the number is the highest in the US-born population (98%). However, 72% of foreign-born Filipinos are English proficient, too.

( Pew Research Center )

California is the Most Tempting State for Filipinos

According to the US Census 2000, over 918,000 Filipinos lived in California. That’s almost half of the entire population in the United States at that point. Although the numbers might have grown, experts agree that California remained the most attractive state for Filipinos. Others include Hawaii, Illinois, and New Jersey.

( Old Dominion University )

Philippines Immigration Trends

The Philippines' population noted a growth rate of 1.47% in 2021, with the total population estimated at 109 million. The actual growth rate is dropping, but the Philippines remain the seventh most populated country in Asia. Here are some immigration trends related to Filipinos in the US.

The Filipino Population in the US Has Doubled in Two Decades

Although the statistics vary, some reports indicate the Filipino population in the United States has doubled in the last two decades. In 2000, there were approximately 2.3 million immigrants from this country. But this number continued rising and reached 4.2 million Filipinos in 2019.

( Pew Research Center )

The Net Migration Rate Has Been Negative, But it’s Almost Down to -0.60%

The current net migration rate for the Philippines is negative. It’s at -0.60% in 2022, which is a 1.31% decline compared to 2021. It’s worth noting the NMR was at -0.62% in 2018. The negative net migration rate means more people are leaving the Philippines than coming to the country. But the number is closer to zero than a few years ago, indicating more people are ready to stay in the country.

( Macro Trends )

The US to Philippines Remittance Stats

The total value of personal remittances received in the Philippines was USD 34.88 billion in 2020. The number remained around the same compared to the year before. Let’s see the main remittance stats referring to sending money from the US to the Philippines.

Filipinos Sent 12.7 billion Dollars from the US in 2021

The money sent from the United States to the Philippines has been rising steadily over the years. In 2021, the sum was about USD 12.8 billion. Cash remittances increased from USD 11.94 billion in 2020. That accounts for over 34% of total remittances sent to the Philippines.

( Statista )

Average Transaction Cost Per Remittance Lowered Over the Years

The price of sending remittances to the Philippines has never been as low as in 2020. Those who send money from abroad pay approximately 4.57% of the transaction as processing fees. Considering the percentage was over 7% in 2013 and 5% in 2018, it’s clear that sending money to the Philippines is more affordable than ever.

( World Bank )

Types of Work Filipinos Do in the US

The majority of US Filipino workers are female. They accounted for 59.6% of the entire workforce of this country in 2020. Here are the stats on job types that Filipinos do in the US!

5% of Registered Nurses in the US Were Trained in the Philippines

Healthcare workers from the Philippines are common in the United States. The reports indicate that 15% of all registered nurses in 2019 came from a foreign country. Out of those, a third was from the Philippines, making a total of 5% of RNs from this country.

( Wiley Online Library )

46.7% of OFW Filipino Workers Are in Elementary Occupations

According to the PSA, 70% of women are in elementary occupations, but only 12% of all males. The biggest percentage of male Filipino workers is plant and machine operators and assemblers – 56%. Technicians and associate professionals, service and sales workers, and craft and related trade workers are also popular choices for Filipino workers.

( Philippine Statistics Authority )


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Mehdi Punjwani
Mehdi Punjwani
Mehdi is a writer and editor with over five years of experience in personal finance, writing for brands including MoneySuperMarket, Equifax and The AA. He graduated from Brunel University with a BA and MA, and likes to spend his free time hiking, travelling, and reading.