List of U.S. cities with large Vietnamese-American populations

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The following is a list of U.S. cities with large Vietnamese American populations. They consist of cities with at least 10,000 Vietnamese Americans or where Vietnamese Americans constitute a large percentage of the population. The information contained here was based on the 2010 U.S. Census.

Vietnamese-Americans immigrated to the United States in different waves. The first wave of Vietnamese from just before or after the Fall of Saigon/the last day of the Vietnam War, April 30, 1975. They consisted of mostly educated, white collar public servants, senior military officers, and upper and middle class Vietnamese and their families. The second wave came in the 1980s escaping very precariously in boats from the communist regime as boat people. In the 1990s and 2000s, a third wave came from the US's Humanitarian Operation Program, family members of Vietnamese-Americans, former prisoners of re-education camps, and Amerasian children of American servicemen who applied for entry into the United States. Vietnamese-Americans vary in income level, with some being upper-class while others, particular those who came later, are working-class.

Vietnamese-Americans are mainly concentrated in metropolitan areas in the West, including Orange County, California, San Jose, California, and Houston, Texas.

Cities with more than 10,000 Vietnamese Americans[edit]

These cities have more than 10,000 Vietnamese Americans according to the 2010 Census, sorted by number.

Rank City Number (2010) Percentage (2010) Comment
1 San Jose, California 100,486 10.6 City with the most Vietnamese Americans in the United States and outside of Vietnam.
2 Garden Grove, California 47,331 27.7 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
3 Westminster, California 36,058 40.2 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California. City with the most Vietnamese Americans per capita.
4 Houston, Texas 34,838 1.7 Little Saigon in Houston is located in Midtown and growing population in Chinatown.
5 San Diego, California 33,149 2.5
6 Santa Ana, California 23,167 7.1 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
7 Los Angeles, California 19,969 0.5 Located near Orange County, California
8 Anaheim, California 14,706 4.4 Located in Orange County, California
9 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 14,431 0.9 Largest community in South Philadelphia. Also, clusters in the Olney and Logan sections as well as parts of the Lower Northeast, Chinatown, and nearby Camden, NJ.
10 New York, New York 13,387 0.2 Growing enclave within Manhattan's Chinatown. Growing populations in Queens and the Bronx.
11 Seattle, Washington 13,252 2.2 Little Saigon at east end of International District
12 San Francisco, California 12,871 1.6 Little Saigon, designated in the Tenderloin District, although population spread throughout city
13 Portland, Oregon 12,796 2.2 Sandy Blvd was known as "Saigon Blvd" during the mid-90s, 82nd Ave has a growing enclave as well as suburban Clackamas County
14 Arlington, Texas 12,602 3.4 in the Dallas-Fort Worth region
15 Fountain Valley, California 11,431 20.7 In Orange County, California
16 Boston, Massachusetts 10,916 1.8 Growing enclaves in Dorchester and neighboring city of Quincy. Established within Chinatown.
17 Garland, Texas 10,373 4.6 In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
18 Milpitas, California 10,356 15.5 Near San Jose, California
19 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 10,095 1.7

Major cities[edit]

These cities have more than 500,000 people consisting of at least 2% Vietnamese American in the 2010 census, sorted by percentage.

City Percentage Number Note
San Jose, California 10.6 100,486 In Bay Area
San Diego, California 2.5 33,149
Seattle, Washington 2.2 13,252
Portland, Oregon 2.2 12,796

Medium cities[edit]

These cities have between 100,000 and 500,000 people consisting of at least 4% Vietnamese American in the 2010 Census, sorted by percentage.

City Percentage Number Note
Garden Grove, California 27.7 47,331 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, CA
El Monte, California 7.4 8,433 Many Chinese-Vietnamese
Santa Ana, California 7.1 23,167 In Orange County
Garland, Texas 4.6 10,373 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
Anaheim, California 4.4 14,706 In Orange County

Small cities[edit]

These cities have between 10,000 and 100,000 people and consist of at least 6% Vietnamese American in the 2000 Census, sorted by percentage.

City Percentage Number Note
Westminster, California 40.2 36,058 The heart of Little Saigon, traditionally considered the center of overseas Vietnamese culture
Fountain Valley, California 20.7 11,431 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, CA
Milpitas, California 15.5 10,356 Adjacent to San Jose (north)
Rosemead, California 15.4 8,268 Many Chinese-Vietnamese, who might self-report as either Chinese or Vietnamese
Stanton, California 14.5 5,532 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, CA
White Center, Washington 11.6 1,568 Adjacent to Seattle
West Falls Church, Virginia 8.2 2,389 Fairfax County, Virginia
Harvey, Louisiana 8.0 1,628 New Orleans suburb
San Gabriel, California 7.7 3,070 Many Chinese-Vietnamese
Springfield, Virginia 7.6 2,311 Fairfax County, Virginia

Towns[edit]

These cities have fewer than 10,000 people and consist of at least 8% Vietnamese American in the 2010 Census, sorted by percentage.

City Percentage Number Note
Midway City, California 41.4 3,511 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
Morrow, Georgia 20.3 1,307
Avondale, Louisiana 20.1 1048
Henderson, Louisiana 18.0 300
Amelia, Louisiana 17.8 437
Bayou La Batre, Alabama 14.5 370 Involved in fishery
Lake City, Georgia 13.0 340
Palacios, Texas 8.1 383

Counties[edit]

Ten largest counties with Vietnamese Americans according to the 2010 Census, sorted by number.

Rank County Number (2010) Percentage (2010) Metropolitan Region
1 Orange County, California 183,766 6.1 Greater Los Angeles
2 Santa Clara County, California 125,695 7.1 San Francisco Bay Area: South
3 Los Angeles County, California 87,468 0.9 Los Angeles
4 Harris County, Texas 80,409 2.0 Houston
5 San Diego County, California 44,202 1.4 San Diego
6 King County, Washington 38,726 2.0 Seattle
7 Alameda County, California 30,533 2.0 San Francisco Bay Area: East
8 Tarrant County, Texas 29,128 1.6 Dallas/ Fort Worth
9 Fairfax County, Virginia 28,770 2.7 Greater Washington: Virginia
10 Dallas County, Texas 26,276 1.1 Dallas/Fort Worth

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