Additionally, Asians remain the fastest-growing racial group in the United States, according to latest information from the Census Bureau.
“The next half century marks key points in continuing trends — the U.S. will become a plurality nation, where the non-Hispanic White population remains the largest single group, but no group is in the majority,” said Acting Director Thomas L. Mesenbourg.
Furthermore, the population is projected to grow much more slowly over the next several decades, compared with the last set of projections released in 2008 and 2009. That is because the projected levels of births and net international migration are lower in the projections released last week, reflecting more recent trends in fertility and international migration, especially immigration from Asia.
The term “Asian American” is too general to describe ethnicity in Hawaii, said Jonathan Okamura, an ethnic studies professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
“Diversity is recognized,” he said. “We tend to use categories like Filipino, Japanese and Chinese to describe people who immigrated from Asia,
“Talking about Asians as the fastest-growing group is meaningless,” he said.
Instead, people should take specific looks at the Filipino or Japanese population on Hawaii to get a feel for the Asian American population in the state, Okamura said.
Since 2010, Filipinos are the second-largest ethnic group in Hawaii, he said. In 2010, people who identified as Filipino increased 24 percent from the 2000 census. The ranking knocked the Japanese population down to the third-largest ethnic group in Hawaii.
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 percent 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.
The fast Asian growth rate appears to be occurring beyond the traditional destination states such as Hawaii, California, Illinois and New York. Asians are dispersing themselves throughout the country including states as disparate as Wisconsin and South Carolina