Asian Pacific Islander Population Surges in LA County

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 According to a new report released on Wednesday by Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, Los Angeles County’s large Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities continued to grow dramatically over the past decade, fueling even greater diversity in a county whose overall population growth has slowed to a near standstill.

Already the largest in the country, L.A. County’s Asian American population remained its fastest-growing, increasing at a rate (20 percent) nearly twice that of its Latino population (11 percent) between 2000 and 2010; its NHPI population, the largest in the continental U.S., grew at a rate (9 percent) approaching that of Latinos over the same period. By comparison, the county’s total population grew only 3 percent over the decade. These trends have important implications for public policy.

“Our communities are growing and making real contributions to Los Angeles’ economy, but many also need help,” said Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director of Advancing Justice-Los Angeles (formerly the Asian Pacific American Legal Center). “This growth deepens the urgency of our public policy concerns.”

According to data included in the report from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS), there are nearly 930,000 Asian American and 7,700 NHPI immigrants in Los Angeles County; data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security show more than 310,000 Asian American and 1,300 NHPI immigrants countywide obtained legal permanent resident status between 2000 and 2010. The report estimates that roughly 130,000 Asian Americans in the county are undocumented. Read more here.