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U.S. Asian population rises 45% from 2000 to 2010

March 21, 2012 |  3:52 pm

Shoppers take a break inside the Asian Garden Mall in the Little Saigon area of Westminster
The Asian population of the United States grew faster than any other racial or ethnic group in the last decade, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report.

The number of Americans identifying themselves as Asian alone or in combination with another race surged 45.6% from 11.9 million in 2000 to 17.3 million in 2010, driven mainly by international migration, census officials said Wednesday. The overall U.S. population grew 9.7% during that period, to 308.7 million. (Growth for the Latino population was 43% during the decade, with much slower growth for African Americans, 15%, and whites, 7%.)

For Asian Americans, California has by far the largest population, with 5.6 million, or almost a third of all those included in the 2010 census nationwide. The state’s Asian population increased 34% during the decade, but was outpaced by that of many other states, including neighboring Nevada, where it was up 116%.

California is home to the nation’s largest proportion of all major Asian groups, the report showed, including Filipino, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Asian Indian.

The full report is at http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-11.pdf

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Photo: Shoppers take a break inside the Asian Garden Mall in the Little Saigon area of Westminster. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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