According to the 2010 U.S. census, Asian Americans make up 5.6% of the total U.S. population... That's about 17.4 million people who identify themselves as Asian or part Asian. However, this number represents an increase of 45.6% from the 2000 census, making Asian Americans the fastest growing of all the major racial/ethnic groups in the U.S. in terms of the percentage. In the state of Texas, the Asian population, during this same time period, grew from 644,193 to 1,110,666, a 72% increase; the greater Houston area has experienced a similar increase. The current Asian population in this area is approximately 400,000, which is 7.1% of the total greater Houston area population. This represents a 70% increase in Asian population since 2000. With this tremendous increase in the Asian population, the real estate industry has taken keen interests in this expanding market.