Asians: Fastest growing ethnic group in U.S.

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(KTSF by Sean Au)

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that between 2000 and 2010, the population in the U.S  grew   by 9.7%. During the same period,  the  Asian population in the country increased by 45.6%,  making it  the fastest rate among the different ethnic groups.

There are now 17.3 million Asians in the U.S.  which represents  5.6% of the population. The Asian population have increased more than 30% in almost all the states. Most Asians live in the western part of the country.

The highest concentration is in Hawaii, with 57% Asians. California is behind with 15%, followed by New Jersey, Nevada and Washington  state .

The cities with the largest proportion of Asians are Honolulu with 68%. Daly City, Fremont, Sunnyvale and Irvine round up the top five cities.

The Census Bureau also finds that there is no predominant Asian ethnic group in the country. The biggest Asian ethnic group in California is Filipino, while Chinese is the largest Asian ethnic group in New York, Washington DC and 9 other states.

The Census Bureau says migration is the biggest source of Asian population growth.

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