Asian American Population Surpasses 15 Million

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Now 5 Percent of Total U.S. Population

The nation’s Asian American population increased by 434,000 to surpass 15.2 million, or 5 percent of the estimated total U.S. population of 301.6 million, according to Census statistics released today.

Asians were the second fastest-growing minority group after Hispanics, with a 2.9 percent, or 434,000, population increase between 2006 and 2007.

Five million Asians live in California, which had the largest Asian population, as well as the largest numerical increase, of 106,000, during the 2006 to 2007 period. New York (1.4 million) and Texas (915,000) followed in population. Texas (44,000) and New York (33,000) followed in numerical increase.

In Hawaii, Asians made up the highest proportion of the total population (55 percent), with California (14 percent), and New Jersey and Washington (8 percent each) next. Asians were the largest minority group in Hawaii and Vermont.

The single-race Asian population in 2007 had a median age of 35.4, compared with the population as a whole at 36.6.

Census statistics released today also show that Hispanics remained the largest minority group, with blacks (single race or multiracial) second at 40.7 million in 2007. Blacks were the largest minority group in 24 states, compared with 20 states in which Hispanics were the largest minority group

American Indians and Alaska Natives totaled 4.5 million; and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, 1 million. The population of whites (single race and not of Hispanic origin) totaled 199.1 million.

With a 3.3 percent increase between 2006 and 2007, Hispanics were the fastest-growing minority group. The white population grew by 0.3 percent during the one-year period.

Overall, the nation’s minority population reached 102.5 million in 2007 — 34 percent of the total. California had a minority population of 20.9 million — 20 percent of the nation’s total, Texas had a minority population of 12.5 million — 12 percent of the U.S. total.

Four states and the District of Columbia were “majority-minority” (i.e., more than 50 percent of their population is made up of people other than single-race non-Hispanic whites). Hawaii led the nation with a population that was 75 percent minority in 2007, followed by the District of Columbia (68 percent), New Mexico (58 percent), California (57 percent) and Texas (52 percent). Next in line, though not majority-minority, were Nevada, Maryland and Georgia, each with a minority population of 42 percent.

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