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N.C. Hispanic, Asian Populations Among Fastest-Growing in U.S.

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(AP) — New Census Bureau estimates show that North Carolina's Hispanic and Asian populations are among the fastest-growing in the country. The figures released this week also show that the number of North Carolinians 85 and older also is growing rapidly.

The state's Hispanic population increased by 129 percent in the 1990s and stands at 176-thousand. Only Arkansas and Nevada grew at a greater rate.

The number of Asian residents in North Carolina nearly doubled during the decade to 106 thousand, with Nevada and Georgia the only states posting greater percentage gains.

Meanwhile, the ranks of senior citizens 85 and older grew by 52 percent in the 1990s to about 105,000 last year.

The Census Bureau combines 1990 figures with birth, death and migration estimates to produce its county and state data.

And officials expect next year's Census 2000 results to show immigrant population growth far above the gains just announced.

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