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Cultural Heritage of Fairfax County Residents

Learn about and celebrate the heritage of our neighbors. Last Updated: Feb 3, 2024 2:12 PM

Asian and Pacific Americans in the U.S.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) constituted the fastest population growth rate in the U.S. among all racial and ethnic groups between 2000 and 2019. The AAPI population rose from 11.9 million in 2000 to nearly double, 22.4 million, in 2019 -- an increase of 88 percent in two decades. The AAPI community is made up of culturally and linguistically diverse people, representing populations from many countries and islands. Today, the U.S. population includes over 19.9 million people who identified as Asian alone, 4.1 million people who identified as Asian in combination with another race, and 690,000 people who identified as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander (NHPI) alone (nearly 900,000 identified as NHPI incombination with another race), making up 6.2 percent of the nation's population.

Source: Pew Research Center and the U.S. Census Bureau


Our Asian/Pacific American Community

Fairfax County Public Library serves a large county with a diverse population, and works to build community and an inclusive environment. Your library is committed to the County's One Fairfax policy of social and racial equity. We provide materials, create community programs, and have spaces that are open and welcoming to all.

In Fairfax County, Asian Americans constitute about 20.7 percent of the population, constituting the most common race or ethnic group.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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