CID FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2001 THE SALINA JOURNAL ASIAN AMERICANS Asians are bigger part of U.S. picture Fast-growing Asian population moves to the East and South By Scripps Howard News Service No longer concentrated along the West Coast or within major cities, the nation's well-educated Asian-American population is migrating rapidly throughout the East and South in search of high tech jobs. Asians are America's fastest-growing racial group, aided by immigration laws that grant six-year entry visas for foreign-born employees with special skills in computer and health-care fields. "We are seeing Asian Americans in places they didn't used to be," said Claudette Bennett, chief of the Census Bureau's racial statistics branch. "As with the other immigrant groups, Asian Americans come into their ports of entry in the United States and then, eventually, moved out into other areas." Count in 2000 The 2000 census counted 10.2 million Asian Americans, up 46 percent from a decade ago. By comparison, whites grew by 6 percent and blacks by 15 percent during the same decade. Although many details have not yet been released from the latest count, immigration records indicate the largest numbers of new Asian residents came from China and India. This explosive growth in the 1990s happened in entirely different locations from the previous waves of Asian immigration. Although California remains the principal port of entry for Asians and has the nation's largest Asian population at 3.7 million, for the first time the typical Asian American no longer lives along the West Coast. New York state has the sec- ond-larges't concentration of Asian Americans, with slightly more than 1 million. "We saw growth of the Asian population in new areas like New Hampshire, for example, and in Minnesota and some of the Southern states," Bennett said. "They are moving out of what were once considered their traditional geographic areas." Fewer In inner-cities Asian Americans continue to prefer to live in major metropolitan areas, but they no longer live in large numbers in inner-city areas. The old Chinatowns in many cities have become facades rather than ma- State by state Here are the numbers of people who Indicated in the 2000 census that they are Asian Americans living in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Entire Nation 10,242,998 Alabama 31,346 Alasl<a 25,116 Arizona 92,236 Arl<ansas 20,220 California 3,697,513 Colorado 95,213 Connecticut 82,313 Delaware. 16,259 District 15,189 Florida 266,256 Georgia 173,170 Hawaii 503,868 Idaho 11,889 Illinois 423,603 Indiana 59,126 Iowa 36,635 Kansas 46,806 Kentucky 29,744 Louisiana 54,758 Maine 9,111 Maryland 210,929 Massachusetts 238,124 Michigan 176,510 Minnesota 141,968 Mississippi 18,626 Missouri 61j595 Montana 4,691 Nebraska 21,931 Nevada 90,266 New Hampshire 15,931 New Jersey 480,276 New Mexico 19,255 New York 1,044,976 North Carolina 113,689 North Dakota 3,606 Ohio 132,633 Oklahoma 46,767 Oregon 101,350 Pennsylvania 219,813 Rhode Island 23,665 South Carolina 36,014 South Dakota 4,378 Tennessee 56,662 Texas 562,319 Utah 37,108 Vermont 5,217 Virginia 261,025 Washington 322,335 West Virginia 9,434 Wisconsin .........88,763 Wyoming 2,771 Scripps Howard News Service Commuters head home at rush hour Monday in Washington D.C.'s Chinatown. Asians account for about 12 percent of populations in counties next to Washington D.C. The 2000 census counted 10.2 million Asian Americans. "Asians became the fastest-growing racial category, mostly because of immigration through temporary worker programs that has brought about 1 million Asian Americans into the country in the last five to seven years. The last decade saw the largest single migration of Asians in American history K.V. Rao member of Census Bureau Asian-American Advisory Committee jor population centers. "Asians no longer live in core city areas, but for many reasons are concentrating in the suburbs," said sociology professor K.V. Rao of Ohio's Bowling Green State University and a member of the Census Bureau's Asian-American Advisory Committee. "Some are seeking the best educational facilities for their children, but most are working in places like software companies that tend to be located in suburbs. They are in the private sector rather than in government employment," said Rao, who was born in India. Asian Americans also now live in large numbers along the Eastern Seaboard stretching from Washington, D.C, to Boston. Although less than 3 percent of the District of Columbia's population is Asian, they account for 12 percent of the population of neighboring Fairfax County, Va., and 11 percent of Montgomery County, Md. Those two suburban counties around the nation's capital are among the most affluent in the nation. Asians also account for more than 11 percent of Bergan County, N.J., and 17 percent of the population of Queens, N.Y. They are an increasing percentage of the population We Buy/Sell Jeans URABLE ENIM 2326 Planet Ave./ Galaxy Center, Salina / 827-0600 Across from Central Mall We've Moved!!! Come See Us At Our New Location At 3450 S. Ninth. Salina 3450 S. Ninth. 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"But it's important to re-' member that the Asian population is a heterogeneous population," she said. "Among the different groups there are different levels of educational attainment based upon those who have been here longer vs. more recent immigrants from Southeast Asia." The 2000 census also charted a considerable number of Asians in coastal areas along the Gulf of Mexico, many of whom are Vietnamese fishermen. ALL HANGING PLANTS! ALL FLOWERING TREES! ALL FLOWERING SHRUBS! ALL FLOWriR BULBS! ALL POTTED [rLOWERS! ALL TROPICALS! FRIDAY. SATURDA .ND SUNDAY ON 'Prices Good Through April 30,2001 SALINA 2450 S. Ninth St. • (785) 827-8774 . Hours: Mon.-Sat„ 7:30 • 9:30 Sun 9:00 - 6:00 | Sales excludes already discounted items. ^ It is our goal to have every item in stock. Therefore we reserve the right lo limit quantities. Due to the largo variety ot products in our store some items may vary slightly Irom illustration. 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