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Census: Asian Population Booming In Western U.S.

Above: How the U.S. Census Bureau divides the country into regions.

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Aired 3/23/12

The latest U.S. Census numbers show that 46% of Asians live in the Western U.S.

— 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.

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