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Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders constitute diverse communities that include over 50 different ethnic subgroups that speak over 100 languages and dialects. The United States (U.S.) Census estimates that these populations together have grown to almost 13 million. This growth has been reflected not just in size, but also in diversity and geographic distribution. Specific Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander ethnic subgroups have experienced significant growthrates that are much higher in comparison to other groups, notably in areas such as the Midwest and the Southeast. In recent years, several states outside of the West and East Coasts have had significant
increases in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations.