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Asians the fastest-growing ethnic group in U.S.

By Erika Engle

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LAST UPDATED: 06:32 a.m. HST, Jun 13, 2013



The number of Asians in the U.S. grew by 530,000, or 2.9 percent, in 2012, to 18.9 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

More than 60 percent of the growth came from international migration, according to Census Bureau annual population estimates.

The Hispanic population grew by more than 1.1 million, or 2.2 percent, to just over 53 million last year. The increase was primarily from births, which, with deaths subtracted, accounted for 76 percent of the change, the Census Bureau said.

Hispanics remain the nation’s second-largest race or ethnic group behind non-Hispanic whites, representing about 17 percent of the total population.

Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders climbed 2.2 percent to about 1.4 million, American Indians and Alaska Natives rose 1.5 percent to a little over 6.3 million, and blacks or African-Americans increased 1.3 percent to 44.5 million, and follow Asians and Hispanics in percentage growth rates.

The bureau today released a set of annual population estimates broken out by race, Hispanic origin, age and sex. The estimates examine population change for the demographic groups nationally, as well as within all states and counties between July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2012.

Population estimates for Puerto Rico also were released.






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