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Hispanic, Asian population skyrockets in Connecticut

By Lee Howard

Publication: theday.com

Published March 09. 2011 2:49PM   Updated March 14. 2011 11:45AM

The U.S. Census Bureau said today that Connecticut's Hispanic or Latino population increased nearly 50 percent over the past decade and the Asian population rose nearly 65 percent during the same period.

Specific numbers are not yet available, but a graphic posted on the Census Bureau website this afternoon said Hispanics comprised 13.4 percent of the state's population in 2010, making them the largest minority group in the state. Black or African Americans made up 10.1 percent of the population, while Asians were 3.8 percent of the overall populace.

Those who identify themselves as white -- and not some other ethnicity as well -- still far exceed any other group, making up 77.6 percent of the population in Connecticut. But the white population has declined slightly from 10 years ago.

The American Indian population in the state was up 16.8 percent in the past decade, while the number of native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders rose 4.5 percent. The numbers identifying themselves as being of two or more races rose 23.8 percent, while people identifying themselves as being some other race zoomed up 34.8 percent.

The population of New London County was 274,055, according to the graphic, a slight increase from a decade ago.

Specific numbers are expected to be available later today.

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