Arizona's Asian population nearly doubles in last decade

March 23, 2012

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 percent. KJZZ’s Al Macias reports.

AL MACIAS: The Asian population increased by 30 percent or more in every state except Hawaii, where they already make up more than half of the state’s residents.

The Asian population in Nevada was up by 116 percent and in Arizona there was 95 percent 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 million and Texas was second with more than 400,000 additional people of Asian descent counted.

The census shows that 46 percent of the Asian population lives in the western United States.