The Pew Research Center study, which analyzed U.S. Census Bureau data, found that the U.S. Hispanic population grew annually on average by only 2.8 percent between 2007 and 2014. In the years between 2000 and 20007, the rate was 4.4 percent. The Pew study just released came to the same conclusion that the U.S. Census Bureau came to earlier this year.
In that same time span, the Asian American population has been growing at a steady 3.4 percent. In an earlier study, the growth rate of Asian Americans was driven by increased immigration from Asian countries, especially from South Asia and China.
- Asians still the fastest growing racial group in U.S.
- Asians are part of the U.S. immigration debate
- Immigration in reverse
- The number of AAPIs will surpass African Americans by mid-century
The lower growth rate among Latinos was explained by two demographic trends. The Immigration rate from Latin America has slowed to a relative trickle compared to the highpoint of Latino immigration in the 1980s and 1990s. In fact, in the case of Mexico, immigration has now reversed back toward Mexico since 2009.
Since 2000, more immigrants were coming from Asia than from Latin America making the Asian American population poised to increase its percentage of the U.S. population.
According to the U.S. Census, the Asian American proportion of the total U.S. population is hovering around 6 percent. The largest ethnic groups represented in the census were Chinese (3.79 million), Filipino (3.41 million), Indian (3.18 million), Vietnamese (1.73 million), Korean (1.7 million), and Japanese (1.3 million).