Asian population sees biggest population rate growth
THE United States has grown more racially and ethnically diverse over the last decade and is expected to grow even more so as the nation’s non-white population increases.
According to the latest population estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau released on Thursday, June 25, non-whites made up the majority of people under the age of 16 in 2019 for the first time ever.
Meanwhile, the white population in the U.S. has seen a decrease in the past 10 years primarily due to the number of births being overshadowed by the number of deaths. The decrease in births in the demographic has been made evident by the decrease in people under the age of 18 in the last decade.
The nation’s white population in 2019 was the lowest ever recorded at 60.1%, according to the report. The age group in which the demographic was seeing growth was in the baby boom generation — a group that in general has been seeing growth as more people born between 1946 and 1964 reach 65 years old.
The median age of the non-Hispanic white population last year was higher than any demographic group at 43.7.
“As the nation has continued to gray, it has also grown more racially and ethnically diverse,” the release read.
Experts expect the non-Hispanic white population in the U.S. to be the minority in about 25 years.
Biggest growth rate among Asian population
The U.S. population has in general been seeing growth in the last decade from a population number of about 308 million in 2010 to about 329 million in 2019.
As steady population increases were seen in non-Hispanic groups, the Asian population saw the biggest increase of any demographic mostly due to international migration.
In 2019, the Asian population in the United States was 22,861,985 — an increase of 5,185,297 or 29% since 2010. The White population in comparison rose 4.3% over the last decade from 248,075,996 to 258,646,488.
The county with the largest Asian population of 1,716,196 in 2019 was Los Angeles County. It also had the largest numeric population increase of 180,084 or 11.7% from 2010 to 2019.
Seeing the largest numeric population increase between 2018 and 2019 of 20,779 or 4.3% was Washington’s King County.
Looking at U.S. counties that had a population of at least 20,000 in 2019, the Asian population in Forsyth County, Georgia grew the fastest with an increase of 3,660 or 10% between 2018 and 2019. The population also saw the largest percentage growth of 230.2% or 27,977 since between 2010 and 2019.
Following in growth were Hispanics whose population grew 20% from 10,093,626 in 2010, to 60,572,247 in 2019.
Black Americans saw a population increase of 11.6% or 5,004,079 in the last decade; Native Hawaiians saw a 21% increase, and American Indians or Alaskan Natives saw a 13.1% increase.
Last year, data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the number of Filipinos in the U.S. reached 4,089,570 in 2018 — an increase of more than 52,000 from 2017. (Rae Ann Varona/AJPress)