Filipinos Overtake Japanese As Top Hawaii Group

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Filipinos have overtaken Japanese as the top Asian ancestry group in Hawaii, according to new data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The data reveals that there are 197,497 island residents who identify themselves as Filipino, representing 14.5 percent of the state's total population of 1.36 million. There are 185,502 residents, or 13.6 percent, who self-identify as Japanese.

Preliminary surveys indicated the change1 had been coming for some time. In the 2009 and 2008 American Community Surveys, Filipinos were estimated to have higher populations than Japanese, though the sample sizes were sufficiently small and the margins of error sufficiently high to make a final conclusions murky.

Comparing the new numbers against the 2000 Census shows that the number of residents of Japanese-ancestry has dropped significantly. It was 201,764 a decade ago, and represented 16.7 percent of the state's population. During the same time, Hawaii's Filipino population has grown from 170,635, which was 14.1 percent.

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