Data File

United States of Little India Business

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231,000 Indian businesses in the United States employed 615,000 workers and generated more than $89 billion in revenues in 2002.
A recently released report by the U.S. Census Bureau found that the number of Indian businesses grew by 39 percent between 1997 and 2002, more than three times the national average growth of 10 percent.

Among Asians, Indians have the second largest number of businesses and volume of sales, behind only the Chinese, and have edged well past the Koreans, who were ranked second in 1997.

  

              Distribution of Indian-Owned Firms By Industry
Sector                                            Number Sales 

(Million $)

Retail Trade 40,897  22,821
Professional Services  38,916  12,157
Healthcare 33,813 11,112
Accommodation /Food 24,497  9,860
Transportation 22,796  1,359
Real Estate 13,505  1,965
Administrative 9,318 1,950
Wholesale 8,059  13,106
Finance 5,686  1,634
Construction 5,661  2,228
Manufacturing 3,811  6,872
Information 2,969  1,861
Entertainment 2,909  238
Education 2,543  178
Forestry 218 14
Mining 206 28
Management 120 70
Utilities 37 18
Others  15,006 1,438
Total 23,1179 89,023

 

 
Metros With the Largest Number of Asian Indian-Owned Firms
Metro Number Sales 

(Million $)

New York-Newark-Bridgeport, NY-NJ-CT-PA CSA 58,346 16,557
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA CSA 19,715 7,804
San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, CA CSA 13,336 4,797
Chicago-Naperville-Michigan City, IL-IN-WI CSA  12,885 4,420
Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia DC-MD-VA-WV CSA  11,032 4,709
Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, TX CSA 6,872 3,524
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX CSA 6,172 2,325 6,172 2,325
Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, PA-NJ-DE-MD CSA 5,209 2,359
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL CSA 5,148 2,625
Detroit-Warren-Flint, MI CSA 4,668 2,2029
Boston-Worcester-Manchester, MA-NH CSA  4,185 2,127
 

States With Largest Number of Indian-owned firms
States Firms Sales 

(Million $)

California 43,254 16,942
New York 43,240 11,141
New Jersey 19,131 7,084
Texas 18,497 8,006
Illinois 13,934 4,735
Florida 12,729 4,968
Georgia 7,223 3,624
Virginia 6,609 2,887
Maryland 6,202 2,803
Pennsylvania 6,006 3,090
Michigan 5,754 2,615
SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, 2002 Economic Census

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