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Asians are fastest-growing race group in US, Census Bureau says

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President Barack Obama greets well-wishers after stopping for a dim sum takeout lunch in San Francisco's Chinatown on Feb. 16. California has the biggest Asian population (5.6 million) among U.S. states, according to Census data.

The Asian population grew faster than any other racial group in the U.S. over the last decade, increasing by sizable margins in nearly every state, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Wednesday.

Overall, the Asian population grew 43 percent from 2000 to 2010, from 10.2 million to 14.7 million. That’s four times faster than the total U.S. population growth in the same period.

Another 2.6 million people identified themselves as Asian in combination with one or more other races. The combined total means 5.6 percent of all people in the U.S. identified themselves as at least part Asian in 2010.


The Asian alone-or-in-combination population grew by at least 30 percent in all states except for Hawaii (11 percent increase). The states with the most growth were Nevada (116 percent), Arizona (95 percent), North Carolina (85 percent), North Dakota (85 percent) and Georgia (83 percent).

The Asian population grew in every region of the U.S., but was most heavily concentrated in the West (46 percent). Nearly three-fourths of all Asians lived in 10 states: California (5.6 million), New York (1.6 million), Texas (1.1 million), New Jersey (0.8 million), Hawaii (0.8 million), Illinois (0.7 million), Washington (0.6 million), Florida (0.6 million), Virginia (0.5 million), and Pennsylvania (0.4 million).

New York (1.1 million) had the largest Asian population among cities -- more than double that of runner-up Los Angeles (484,000).

The Chinese population was the largest Asian group, followed by Filipino and Asian Indian.

Read the full Census report

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