ST. PAUL (March 26, 2012) — The State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans and the Minnesota State Demographer’s Office will report out on demographics from Census 2010 on April 11.
CAPM will release its report on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders residing in Minnesota at the event to be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Wilder Foundation, 411 Lexington Avenue, St. Paul.
The journey to this report started in the fall of 2008 with the formation of the Asian American Pacific Islander Complete Count Committee, in which the Council chaired the first year and was succeeded by Bao Vang of Hmong American Partnership. The Committee was committed to engaging the community in Census 2010 and ensuring a complete count of the Asian American and Pacific Islander residents in Minnesota.
The Committee firmly believed that ensuring a complete count was the best way to draw attention, provide understanding, and obtain funding for the services and resources the community needed. The Council is grateful to the Committee and the work its members did.
The census provides the most comprehensive demographic data on the U.S. population and tells much more about our nation’s people and its change over time. The CAPM report presents the current state of Asian Pacific Minnesotans, what the population is and its social and economic status.
In raw numbers, the data tells more about APIA communities. It provides a snapshot of the lives APIA Minnesotans lead and as evidence of the struggles and successes each community faces.
A peek at some key findings:
• Asian Pacific Islanders in Minnesota grew 52.2 percent since the 2000 census
• Minnesota’s Asian Pacific population is vastly different from the national make-up. 50.2 percent are population identifies as Southeast Asian vs. 20.7 percent of the national average
• The Hmong population is the largest Asian population in Minnesota at 66,181 or 27 percent of all Asian Pacific Minnesotans.
It is CAPMs hope that the Asian Pacific community and its allies understand and take note of this report and use it to shape the future. They request the community presence at the State of the Asian Pacific Minnesotan event as an important opportunity to talk about the demographics, learn what they represent, and together work to address and celebrate key findings and needs.