While Hispanics fueled much of the U.S. population growth in the aughts, the influence of Asian Americans on that increase can’t be ignored. In fact, the Asian-American population grew at close to the same rate as the Hispanic population.
According to the 2010 Census, the Asian alone population increased by 43 percent between 2000 and 2010, more than any other major race group. The number of Asians rose from 10.2 million in 2000 to 14.7 million in 2010. In 2010, this segment accounted for 5 percent of the total population.
In addition, another 2.6 million indicated they were Asian along with one or more additional races. Well over half (61 percent) reported being Asian and White.
In terms of country of origin, 3.2 million Asian Americans identified themselves as Chinese, making them the largest subgroup in 2010. They were followed by Asian Indians (2.7 million), Filipinos (2.5 million), Vietnamese (1.6 million) and Korean (1.4 million).
California is the home to about a third (32 percent) Asian America population (both Asian alone and Asian in combination). It was followed by New York (9 percent), Texas (6 percent), New Jersey (5 percent) and Hawaii (5 percent). Hawaii, meanwhile, has the highest proportion of Asian Americans in its population (38 percent), followed by California (13 percent) and New Jersey (8 percent).
In terms of cities, New York has the largest population of Asians (1.1 million), ahead of Los Angeles (483,000), San Jose (326,000), San Francisco (288,000) and San Diego (241,000). Urban Honolulu, HI had the highest proportion of Asians (68 percent), and all the other cities in the top 10 were located in California (Daly City, Fremont, Sunnyvale, Irvine, Santa Clara, Garden Grove, Torrance, San Francisco and San Jose).