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The Indian-American population boom

September 01, 2006
The Indian community in the US added more than 640,000 (6.4 lakh) to its number in the last five years, a growth rate with no precedent in the history of Indian immigration to the US. From almost 1.678 million (16.78 lakh) in 2000, the population grew to 2.319 million (23.19 lakh) in 2005 a growth rate of 38 percent, the highest for any Asian country.

Indians have become the second-largest Asian community after the Chinese whose numbers went up from 2.43 million (24.32 lakh) to 2.88 million (28.82 lakh) over the same period, according to the American Community Survey of the US census Bureau. The 2000 Census found the Indians was the fastest-growing community showing an increase of 106 percent during 1990-2000. The Filipinos ranked second then, but have been pushed to third place.

Indians are most heavily concentrated in five states: California, New York, New Jersey, Texas, and Illinois. Similarly, the top five urban destinations for Asian Indians include New York, the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.

Reportage: George Joseph in New York

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