A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the West provides the latest data on the Western Region’s growing Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. The report, released in Hawai‘i on October 22, 2015, features demographic data on 40 ethnic groups (out of 42) reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. This report highlights the social and economic diversity within NHPI and Asian American communities, and promotes a better understanding of their needs.
- Hawai‘i is home to the largest NHPI population and is the only state with a majority Asian American population.
- NHPIs and Asian Americans are the fastest growing racial groups in the Western Region, growing 37% and 36%, respectively, between 2000 and 2010.
- As much as 71% of the total NHPI population lives in the West, more than in any other region in the U.S.
- Filipino Americans are the largest Asian American ethnic group in the West, with a population of more than 2.2 million.
- Most (53%) NHPIs in the West are multi-racial, higher than any other racial group.
- Asian Americans living in the West are more likely to be multi-racial, 17% in the West compared to 5% nationwide.
The report is produced by Asian Americans Advancing Justice in collaboration withPapa Ola Lōkahi, Ms. Rozita Lee (of Las Vegas), Asian Pacific Community in Action,Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon and Asian Counseling and Referral Service.
Download a copy of this report A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the West, 2015.
Data on Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in California are published separately in A Community of Contrasts: Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in California, 2014.