On average, Filipino Americans earn a higher average household income than the national average, and achieve a higher level of education than the national average. Life expectancy for Filipino Americans is higher than the general population of the United States; however, survival rates of Filipino Americans diagnosed with cancer are lower than European Americans and African Americans. Among Asian Americans, Filipino Americans are the most integrated in the American society, who are described by University of California, Santa Barbara Professor Pei-te Lien as being "acculturated and economically incorporated".
Filipino Americans can be found throughout the United States, especially in the Western United States and metropolitan areas.
By 2013 Census estimates, the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, New York-New Jersey-Pennsylvania MSA was estimated to be home to 224,266 Filipino Americans, 88.5 percent (about 200,000) of them single-race Filipinos.
In 2014, Filipinos make up 52 percent of Alaska's Asian American population.
Following the annexation of the Philippines, Filipinos began to migrate to Texas due primarily as employees of American officers who served in the Philippines, with many settling around San Antonio; others would resettle in Texas after initially residing elsewhere in the United States.
In 1970, Filipino Americans were the fifth largest minority population, with 11,462 persons, after African-Americans, Hispanic and Latino Americans, Native Americans, and Japanese Americans; they were 0.3 percent of the total population of Washington at the time, and 87.2 percent lived in urban areas.