The Census Bureau has published this brief on the Asian population in the United States. The brief highlights that while the total U.S. population grew by 9.7 percent, from 281.4 million in 2000 to 308.7 million in 2010, the Asian alone-or-in-combination population grew by 46 percent from 11.9 million in 2000 to 17.3 million in 2010, a faster rate than all race groups in the country. The brief also notes that 2.6 million people reported an Asian race in combination with one or more additional races, representing about 15 percent of the Asian alone-or-in-combination population. Accordingly, data that relies only on Asian race alone responses may be undercounting as much as 15% of the Asian population.
Regionally, the Asian alone-or-in-combination population grew in every region between 2000 and 2010, but grew the fastest in the South (69 percent), followed by the Midwest (48 percent). The states with the fastest growth in the Asian-alone-or-in-combination population were Nevada (114%), District of Columbia (110%), Arizona (105%), Utah (94%), North Carolina (94%), Idaho (93%), Delaware (92%), Georgia (92%), Virginia (89%), and South Carolina (86%).
The top ten “places” with the largest Asian-alone-or-in-combination populations are New York, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, San Diego, Honolulu, Chicago, Houston, Fremont (CA), and Philadelphia.
Among Asian groups, the largest groups are Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese. The groups with the greatest growth between 2000 and 2010 were Bhutanese, Nepalese, Burmese, Mongolian, Bangladeshi, Maldivian, Singaporean, and Pakistani.