Dramatic Growth In Asian American Population

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(KTSF by Ricky Chan)

The Asian American population in the United States grew faster than any other racial group over the past decade, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice).

Based on the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies, A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans in the United States, 2011, found that, although the largest Asian American communities remain in California, New York, Texas, New Jersey and Hawaii, communities in Nevada, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia and New Hampshire were the fastest growing over the past decade.

The Asian American population grew 46 percent between 2000 and 2010 and the Asian American population nationwide now numbers more than 17 million. While the Hispanic ranked second with 43% growth,  the white population only grew 1% over the past decade.

At the same time, Asian American entrepreneurship has flourished. Asian American business owners employ about 3 million people in more than 1.5 million businesses, with a combined payroll of nearly $80 billion.

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