Asian Population Increases in US, Especially Bay Area

Asian population on the rise.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Mar 22, 2012  |  Updated 6:44 PM PDT
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Asian Population Up in Bay Area

Mat Luschek

San Francisco's Chinatown celebrates the Year of the Dragon, on Feb. 11, 2012.

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More Americans than ever are Asian, the ethnic group with the largest increase from 2000 to 2010, according to Census figures.

This is particularly evident in the Bay Area, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which presented the example of Daly City. Daly City is 58.4 percent Asian, the newspaper reported, the "highest concentration of any large U.S. city outside of Hawaii."

Filipino people make up 33.3 percent of Daly Citizens, the newspaper reported, leading to the joke that the city's fog is from rice cookers.

Across the country, residents of Asian descent increased from 11.9 million in 2000 to 17.3 million in 2010, the newspaper reported. That is an increase of 46 percent, to a total of 5.6 percent of all Americans.

Half of Asian-Americans live on the West Coast. Most live in California.

There are 5.6 million Asian people in California, the newspaper reported.

Asian Americans have "more education and live longer" than other ethnicities, the newspaper reported, with a 87.4 years life expectancy rate.

It also stands mentioning that San Francisco and Oakland both have Asian mayors for the first time in their histories.

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