Multi-American

How immigrants are redefining 'American' in Southern California

Report: More native-born Latinos, and more Asian immigrants

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The nation's Asian American and Latino populations are both on the rise, but for different reasons, according to a new analysis of census data from the Pew Research Center.

Although their numbers are smaller, Asian Americans have surpassed Latinos as the fastest growing racial-ethnic group in the United States. This growth is mostly fueled by immigration: Seventy-four percent of Asian adults in the U.S. in 2012 were foreign-born. Just between 2012 and 2013, according to the report, international migration accounted for roughly 61 percent of the change in this group's population.

It's just the opposite with Latinos, whose foreign-born share has stalled as native-born Latinos predominate. From the Pew analysis:

U.S. births have been the primary driving force behind the increase in the Hispanic population since 2000 and that trend continued between 2012 and 2013. The Census Bureau estimates that natural increase (births minus deaths) accounted for 78% of the total change in the U.S. Hispanic population from 2012 to 2013.

Both groups are concentrated in western states, with California being home to the largest number of both Latinos and Asian Americans. New Mexico has the highest Latino share of the overall population - 47 percent - while Hawaii is the only state in which Asian Americans constitute the majority, that being 56 percent of the population.

But both groups have also been growing in non-traditional states. For example, North Dakota saw the steepest increase in both Latino and Asian populations between 2012 and 2013, 17 percent and 8.4 percent respectively.

One key demographic difference is that Asian Americans, being predominantly foreign-born, are older as a group: Their median age is 36.6, where Latinos in the U.S. have a median age of 28.1.

Read the full analysis here.

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