Asians remain fastest growing racial group in US

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Washington | Published: June 23, 2016 4:31:28 PM

Asians remain the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, according to new information from the Census Bureau.

California has the largest number of most racial and ethnic groups, with more Hispanics, whites, Asians and American Indians than any other state. (Reuters)California has the largest number of most racial and ethnic groups, with more Hispanics, whites, Asians and American Indians than any other state. (Reuters)

Asians remain the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, according to new information from the Census Bureau.

The nation’s Asian population grew at 3.4 per cent between July 2014 and 2015, with migration responsible for the majority of the growth, government officials said today.

There are now 21 million Asians in the United States, with Hawaii as the nation’s only majority Asian state.

Sam Garrow, a Census Department demographer, said Asians have been the fastest-growing race group since about 2000, and the main driving force is international migration.

In 2013, China replaced Mexico as the top sending country for immigrants to the United States, officials said.

Other minority groups grew as well. The Hispanic population grew by 2.2 per cent to 56.6 million, and New Mexico had the largest percentage of Hispanics in the country at 48 per cent.

The African-American population grew by 1.3 per cent to 46.3 million, with Mississippi holding the nation’s largest percentage at 38.3 per cent. And the American Indian and Alaska native population grew 1.5 per cent to a total of 6.6 million, with Alaska having the largest percent at 19.5 per cent.

California has the largest number of most racial and ethnic groups, with more Hispanics, whites, Asians and American Indians than any other state.

New York state has more blacks than any other state, and Hawaii has the largest numeric population of Native Hawaiians than any other state.

The second fastest-growing racial group was those who claim two or more races, government officials said.

The number of people who claimed two or more races grew 3.1 per cent to 6.6 million. This group was also the youngest group of all racial or ethnic groups with a median age of 20 years old.

In fact, the most diverse generation is the nation’s youngest. Census figures show that of those born since 2000, nearly half or 49 per cent belong to a race or ethnic group other than non-Hispanic white.

In contrast, 44.5 per cent of the millennials born between 1982 and 2000 did not classify themselves as non-Hispanic whites.

The nation’s white population is showing the slowest growth.

The census found that the white population, including those who chose white along with another race, grew only 0.5 per cent between 2014 and 2015.

There were more than 255 million people who said they were white or white in combination with something else.

California had the largest number of these people at 29.8 million, but Vermont had the highest population of those described themselves as white or white along with another race or ethnicity at 96.6 per cent.

The numbers change little for those who say they are white alone. There are 198 million people who say they are white alone, an increase of 0.1 per cent.

California once again had the largest population at 14.9 million, but Maine had the largest percentage as its population at 93.6 per cent.

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