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September 23, 2013

Anyone who lives in New Jersey knows the Asian population has skyrocketed -- according to the U.S. Census Bureau it has risen from 48,000 in 1970 to 725,000 as of the 2010 census, which translates into a 1,400 percent increase.

The largest group of these new residents -- the overwhelming majority being immigrants -- is Asian Indians, with a total 292,256, now 40 percent of the total Asian population.

According to the Census Bureau, this increase occurred between 2000 and 2010, with Asian Indians, Pakistanis (26,006), Bangladeshi, and Sri Lankans accounting for 57 percent of the state’s gain in Asian population.

Chinese are the second-largest Asian group in New Jersey, with 134,442 residents as of 2010. Filipino’s numbered 110,650; Koreans, 93,679; Vietnamese, 20,628; and Japanese, only 13,146.

Middlesex County is home to most Asian Indians (104,705) and Chinese (28,492). The second-largest group of Asian Indians lives in Hudson County (27,111), and the second-largest group of Chinese lives in Bergen County (17,236). These same three counties had the most Filipino residents; more than half of the Korean population lives in Bergen County.

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