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Asian Americans are the Fastest-Growing Population in Washington, D.C.

March 31, 2011

From the D.C. Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs:

The 2010 United States Census data, released last week, indicates the Asian population grew 38.6% between 2000 and 2010, in the District of Columbia. The total population rose to 21,056 equaling 3.5% of the entire population and making it the fastest growing community.  The District’s total Asian American and Pacific Islander (APIA) populations grew 37.5% from 2000 to 2010, totaling 21,358 equaling 3.6% of the city’s entire population.

This rapid growth rate in the APIA population was followed by an increasing White population growth at 31.4%, and Hispanic population at 21.8% growth.  Nationally the APIA population grew by 43% from 2000 to 2010 totaling 15,214,265 making it the fastest-growing national population

Most of the District’s Asian residents live in Ward 2 (6,942) followed by Ward 3 (5,146), Ward 6 (3,161), Ward 1 (3,156), Ward 4 (1,218), Ward 5 (1,037), Ward 8 (260), and Ward 7 (136).  Asian residents made up 9% of Ward 2 and 7% of Ward 3.  The percent of DC’s Asians living in Ward 6 nearly doubled over 10 years from 2.5% in 2000 to 4.2% in 2010.  There were increases in the percentage of Asians living in six out of the eight wards with Ward 7 and Ward 8 experiencing modest decreases.

“We are excited about the new data released by the US Census Bureau and believe it provides a great overview of Asian residents in the District of Columbia,” said Soohyun “Julie” Koo, Director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs.

OAPIA recognizes that this data may have undercounting issues but believes it is committed to providing data that can lead to a better understanding and appreciation of the Asian residents in the District of Columbia.

For more questions on this data, please contact Program Coordinator/Grant Manager Neel Saxena at

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