WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 25, 2011) – The nation’s Asian population became the fastest growing race over the past decade, experiencing a 43 percent increase from 2000 to 2010, according to newly released figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Asian population grew from 10.2 million in 2000 to 14.7 million in 2010, gaining the most in the share of the total population, growing from 4 percent to about 5 percent over the last decade.
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders director Kiran Ahuja noted the importance of understanding the needs of this growing population.
“We must come together and understand what these changes in our country’s demographics mean for public policy,” said Ahuja. “We see increasing numbers of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders representing influential positions, but many pockets of this community are in great need of basic protections and services.”
According to the Census Bureau, most people in the 2010 Census reported only one race. Of these individuals, about 14.7 million people – or about 5 percent of all respondents – identified their race as Asian alone. The smallest major race group was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone (0.5 million), which represented 0.2 percent of the total population.
2011 Statistical Portrait of AAPI
(Compiled by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, U.S. Census Information Center)
Asians: 16 million
The estimated number of U.S. residents of Asian descent in July 2009. This estimate includes those who said they were both Asian alone or Asian in combination with one or more other races.
The Asian population estimates show a 2.6 percentage growth in population between 2008 and 2009, which is the second fastest-growing minority group (following the Hispanic population). This includes both Asian alone or Asian in combination with one or more other races.
The Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders population estimates are at a 1.1 million estimated number of U.S. residents in July 2009 who said they were Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, either alone or in combination with one or more other races. This group comprised 0.4 percent of the total population.
The population estimates include a 2.3 percentage growth of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander population between 2008 and 2009, which is third among race groups. This includes Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders alone and in combination with one or more other races.
For more details about current Census data, population projections and data links, please visit www.aasc.ucla.edu/archives/stats2011.asp. More breakdown estimates are available in the 2009 American Community Survey at http://1.usa.gov/fHm2eR. *