List of U.S. cities with large Filipino American populations
This article is a list of U.S. cities with large Filipino American populations.
Filipino Americans are fairly widely spread around the United States. Still, there are a number of urban areas with large Filipino populations. Most notably, in Southern California, nearly 480,000 Filipinos (over one out of every four Filipino Americans) make their homes in the Los Angeles and San Diego areas in 2000. Los Angeles County holds the largest Filipino settlement in the United States, with over 262,000 members of the group, followed by San Diego County, with nearly 121,000 Filipinos. The Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County Metropolitan Area has over 370,000 Filipinos. The city of Los Angeles alone contains well over 120,000 Filipinos, according to 2000 U.S. Census data.
In Northern California, San Francisco and the Central Valley in cities such as Sacramento, Stockton, Lathrop, and Delano are major Filipino American concentrations. San Francisco alone is home to 40,072 Filipinos, by the estimate of the 2000 U.S. Census. Many Filipinos also live in the counties surrounding San Francisco, with 68,680 in Alameda County, 34,436 in Contra Costa County, 60,144 in San Mateo County, 77,815 in Santa Clara County, and 35,862 in Solano County. Daly City, in San Mateo County, has one of the largest Filipino communities in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an estimated Filipino population of over 32,000. Further inland, an estimated 24,045 Filipino Americans live in Sacramento and another 21,167 in San Joaquin County but a large number are in Kern County esp. the town of Arvin. The two largest centers of settlement are Southern and Northern California.
There are more Filipino Americans in Southern California, but its population is more dispersed. Concentrations include Historic Filipinotown (the only such in the nation), Carson, Cerritos, West Covina, Walnut, Panorama City, Eagle Rock, East Hollywood, Anaheim, among others. Concentrations in the San Diego area include Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, National City and Chula Vista. Also a sizable Filipino American community is found in the Inland Empire, California region of San Bernardino, Riverside, the Coachella Valley and the Imperial Valley.
Approximate Filipino population in key Southern California areas: Filipino American Concentrations:
- Los Angeles/Historic Filipinotown/East Hollywood - 30,000
- Eagle Rock/Glendale - 24,000
- Cerritos/Buena Park - 25,000
- Long Beach/West Long Beach/Carson - 46,000
- West Covina/Walnut/Diamond Bar - 28,000
- Panorama City/Arleta/North Hollywood - 22,000
- San Diego/National City/Paradise Hills/Chula Vista - 46,000
- Mira Mesa/Rancho Penasquitos/Rancho Bernardo - 45,000
- San Leandro - 6,387 (8.00%)
Hawaii has a long history of Filipino migration, starting with the plantation days. Filipinos and part-Filipinos constitute nearly 23% of the Hawaii state population, with 70% of them living on the island of Oahu.<ref>Uhm Center For Philippine Studies</ref>Its geographic confines contain as many as 275,000 Filipinos (2000 Census) and receives an annual amount of 4,000 new Filipino immigrants.<ref>StarBulletin.com | Editorial | /2005/12/11/</ref>
Washington state’s Filipino Americans are clustered around the Seattle area, mainly in King, Kitsap, and Snohomish counties. Some sizable concentrations of Filipino Americans are in the South Seattle area and in the Bremerton and Silverdale area of Kitsap County.
New York and New Jersey
Outside of California, one of the nation’s largest settlements of Filipino Americans is New York City, where nearly 60,000 Filipino Americans live. Within New York, the heaviest concentration is in the borough of Queens, with 32,843 members of the group. However, since Queens is a dense urban area, where over two million people live, Filipinos make up only about 1.5% of the total population of the borough. In New Jersey, Bergen County (14,898 Filipino Americans), Hudson County (19,877) and Middlesex County (12,499) all have substantial numbers of Filipino Americans. All three New Jersey counties are in the New York City area, making the urban region of New York-New Jersey the primary settlement of Filipino Americans in the Northeast.
In the Midwest, Filipino Americans have settled most heavily in the area of Chicago, Illinois. According to census estimates, 27,874 Filipinos live in the city of Chicago in 2000, and 54,595 lived in Chicago’s Cook County. Another 14,111 live in DuPage County, and 6,988 in Lake County, both of which are in metropolitan Chicago. Nearly all the Filipinos in Illinois are concentrated in the Chicago region. However, Kansas City, Missouri has a sizable Filipino American community and has an annual Filipino American festival.
In most other parts of the U.S., Filipinos are fairly dispersed, even in states with large numbers, although there are a few clusters smaller than those of the West and Northeast. The South is also noted for its sizable and yet fast growing Fil-Am population, and is expected to outgrow the high Fil-Am populations in the West (which historically has higher Fil-Am populations) by 2020. In Florida, for example, about one out of every five Filipino Americans in the state lives in Jacksonville. Also Texas and Louisiana have the fastest growing Fil-Am populations, and in Hampton Roads, Virginia there is a sizable community.
- Bankston, Carl L. (2006) Filipino Americans. Pp. 189-203 in Pyong Gap Min (ed.) Asian Americans: Contemporary Trends and Issues, Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Pine Forge Press.
- U.S. Bureau of the Census. 2000 Census of Population and Housing: Summary File 4, Sample Data
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