The Asian population grew faster than any other race group in the United States between 2000 and 2010, according to new Census data released last week. This was observed for the population who reported Asian alone (increased 43 percent), as well as for the population who reported Asian alone or in combination with another race (increased 46 percent).

The top five states that experienced the fastest growth were Nevada with 116 percent, Arizona with 95 percent, North Carolina with 85 percent, North Dakota with 85 percent, and Georgia with 83 percent.

“The Asian American community is very, very heterogeneous,” said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves at a presentation last week. “Thinking of this as one group—you do at your own peril. Because you end up making mistakes of judgment and I think these data show that very, very, clearly. And, the more we tell that message of heterogeneity the better off we are and the better off the country will be,”

KPCC offers a bit more context on how some Asian groups are struggling economically side-by-side with blacks and Latinos:

Demographer Dan Ichinose, a member of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center, says that while some Asian groups (particularly mainland Chinese and Koreans) have done well economically, that’s not the case across the board.

“Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, and Bangladeshi Americans have per capita incomes that resemble those of African-Americans and Latinos,” according to Ichinose. “So clearly, there’s considerable socio-economic diversity within the Asian-American community.”

About a dozen states included counties where the Asian alone-or-in-combination population grew 200 percent or more. For example, this was seen in counties in Texas, Florida, and Georgia in the South and counties in states in the Midwest such as Minnesota, Ohio, Iowa, and Indiana. Two counties in the West, in Arizona and Nevada, experienced growth over 200 percent.

Los Angeles is currently home to the greatest number of Asian-Americans in the country.

(Latinos—or Hispanics, as the Census prefers—are the nation’s largest ethnic group or “race minority” and are not recognized as a race by the Census.)

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