u.s. census data: asians are the fastest growing race in the last decade

Some noteworthy new census data, dropped into our mailbox from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders... According to newly released figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation's Asian population became the fastest growing race over the past decade.

The Asian population grew from 10.2 million in 2000 to 14.7 million in 2010, gaining the most in the share of the total population, growing from 4 percent to about 5 percent over the last decade. In other words, we're hardly taking over... but our numbers are growing pretty fast.

According to the Census Bureau, most people in the 2010 Census reported only one race. Of these individuals, about 14.7 million people -- or about 5 percent of all respondents -- identified their race as Asian alone. The smallest major race group was Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone (0.5 million), which represented 0.2 percent of the total population.

For further details about the most recent census data, go to the U.S. Census Bureau website here. For more information about the Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, go to the White House website here.

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