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Minn. population grows 1 percent; Asian population grows 3.4 percent

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New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that the population of minorities is growing faster in Minnesota than the national average, the Associated Press reports.

The Star Tribune reports that Asians are the fastest-growing ethnic group in Minnesota – their population in the state went up 3.4 percent between 2011 and 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released Thursday. That compares to 2.9 percent growth for Asians nationwide, according to the Census Bureau data.

The number of white residents increased by one-quarter of 1 percent.

The Star Tribune noted that the state gained 7,750 Asian residents in that year, fueled mostly by births to people who were already in Minnesota, though a wave of immigrants from India has also contributed to the increase, State Demographer Susan Brower said.

“Part of the reason why there has been a somewhat more rapid increase in the Indian population here is that many of them of late are in the information technology area,” University of Minnesota economics professor V.V. Chari told WCCO.

For a recent two-year period, 2010 to 2012, Minnesota's Asian population went up 7 percent; the black population increased 6 percent; and the Hispanic population increased 5 percent, according to the figures.

The Pioneer Press chats with several immigrants, including Alicia Balderas, who had never seen snow before moving to Minnesota from Mexico seven years ago. She works cleaning houses to send money back to family in Mexico City, the newspaper reports.

The Census data released Thursday also indicate that from 2010 to 2012, the state's overall population increased by about 1 percent (Minnesota is 27th in population among states). Minorities make up 18 percent of the state's population, which is up from 12 percent in 2000.

Nationwide, the new Census Bureau data illustrate a continuing trend of America becoming older and more racially diverse. U.S. News and World Report culled through the mountain of data to pull out five key takeaways.

Here are some fast facts about Minnesota's population.

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