Housing and Health
Housing and Health
This section will cover the housing and health data gathered from the American Census Bureau, from the years 2010 to 2014. The two populations covered are ethnic Koreans and Asians in the city of Los Angeles, the county of Los Angeles, California, and the United States. The housing category encompasses the data regarding the trends of ownership, such as the difference between homeowners and renters, as well as the different family household types of the two populations. The health category encompasses the data regarding the trends of health insurance coverage, the percentages of Koreans and Asians that are covered by health insurance, and the comparisons of public and private health insurance coverage.
From 2010 to 2012, the percentages of insured Koreans fluctuates. After dropping by one percent in 2012, the percentage increases greatly in 2013, then by nearly 9% by 2014. The trend of insured Asians from 2010 to 2013 is generally stable. However, the percentage of insured Asians rises greatly in 2014, with over a 5% increase.
There is a steady increase in the percentage of insured Koreans from 2010 to 2013, with a substantial jump in 2014 by about 6%.
The percentage of insured Asians stayed constant with increases by less than 1%. Similarly to the percentage of insured Koreans in 2014, there was a substantial increase by about 4%.
Percentages of Koreans Health Insured (Public vs. Private)
Over 60% of Koreans in the United States are privately insured. There is a gradual increase in the percentage of privately insured Koreans, with a net increase of 6.6%. Similarly, there is a gradual increase in the percentage of publicly insured Koreans, with a net increase of 4.4%. There is a decrease in the percentage of non-insured Koreans, with a net decrease of 10.2%.
Housing Tenures (Koreans vs. Asians)
Housing tenure refers to the financial arrangements under which someone has the right to live in a house or apartment. The most frequent forms are tenancy, in which rent is paid to a landlord, and owner-occupancy.
Housing Tenures (City Homeowners vs. Renters)
Housing Tenures (County Homeowners vs. Renters)
Housing Tenures (State Homeowners vs. Renters)
Housing Tenures (National Homeowners vs. Renters)
Family Household Types
Tables and Graphs
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 American Community Study
Last Updated August 2020.
KAC recommends that language guides and Korean-language resources be created to help non-fluent Korean-Americans who are facing eviction in their homes in light of COVID-19. Through H.R. 6623, all COVID-19 related materials are required to be translated into a list of languages, Korean included, but KAC recommends for more nationwide bipartisan support on the bill. KAC also recommends additional funding towards Korean-language resource centers and organizations who can help the 7.7% of Koreans who are not insured to find insurance coverage. In addition, KAC supports working towards making banks and credit unions accessible and fair, so that minority-owned households can have proper access to COVID-19 related aid.
- US Census Data: 2018 American Community Survey
Written and Compiled by: Sue Kim, Narin Chung, and Jennifer Eo
Written and Compiled by: Kate Hur
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