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Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans

The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (“the Council”) is a state agency that seeks to ensure the inclusion of Asian Pacific Minnesotans experiences in the State's legislative and administrative decisions by providing relevant, objective, and credible advice and information on this community's status and needs. Our primary customers are the Governor, the Legislature, governmental agencies, and community-based organizations.

The Council represents a diverse community estimated to be about 244,470 Asians and 3,397 Pacific-Islanders. This community is descended from over 40 nations including India, Tibet, the Philippines, Laos, and Burma.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Asian American community is the fastest growing minority population in Minnesota, mirrored nationally. In Minnesota, the Asian population grew from 4.1 % in 2010 to 4.5% in 2013, an increase of 12% change in population within three years.

The following are the ten largest Asian ethnic populations in Minnesota:

  • Hmong – 66,181
  • Asian Indian – 38,097
  • Chinese – 28,776
  • Vietnamese – 27,086
  • Korean – 20,995
  • Filipino – 15,566
  • Lao –12,009
  • Cambodian – 9,543
  • Japanese – 7,995
  • Burmese – 3,763



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