PHOENIX -- The Asian population in the United States grew at a faster rate than any other group over the last decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Just-released statistics show that population grew by more than 45%.
The Asian population increased by 30% or more in every state except Hawaii, where they make up more than half of the state’s residents.
In Nevada, the Asian population was up by 116%. In Arizona, there was 95% growth. The census defines the race category as people of Asian alone or in combination with one or more races.
Chinese were the largest group with nearly 4 million people, followed by Filipinos and Asian Indians with more than 3 million each.
California had the most growth with an additional 1 million. Texas was second with more than 400,000 additional people of Asian descent counted.
The census shows that 46% of the Asian population lives in the western United States.