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Census Brief: A Profile of the Nation's Foreign-Born Population From Asia (2000 Update)

Report Number CENBR/01-3

One-quarter of the United States’ foreign-born population is from Asia.

In 2000, 7.2 million of the nation’s foreign-born residents were born in Asia, up from 5.0 million in 1990. The increase represented a continuation of this population’s rapid growth since 1970, when it numbered about 800,000. The total more than tripled in the 1970s, then nearly doubled in the 1980s.

Asian-born residents comprised 26 percent of the country’s foreign-born population in 2000, not statistically different from 1990.1 Previously, their share doubled from 9 percent in 1970 to 19 percent in 1980.

1 Categories of ethnicity and race are not interchangeable with geographic region. For example, about 15 percent of the foreign born from Asia are White non-Hispanic.


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