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 2010-2015 American Community Survey, sorted by number.

Rank City Number (2015) Percentage (2015) Comment
1 San Jose, California 106,379 10.6 City with the most Vietnamese Americans in the United States and outside of Vietnam.
2 Garden Grove, California 52,025 29.8 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
3 San Diego, California 37,720 2.8 Little Saigon in the City Heights neighborhood.
4 Westminster, California 36,954 40.3 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California. City with the most Vietnamese Americans per capita. Mayor of the city, Tri Ta is Vietnamese-American.
5 Houston, Texas 36,568 1.6 Little Saigon in Houston is located in Midtown and growing population in Chinatown.
6 Santa Ana, California 23,907 7.2 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
7 Los Angeles, California 21,708 0.6 Located near Orange County, California
8 Anaheim, California 17,192 5.0 Located in Orange County, California
9 Arlington, Texas 16,043 4.2 in the Dallas-Fort Worth region
10 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 16,018 1.0 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.
11 San Francisco, California 15,057 1.8 Little Saigon, designated in the Tenderloin District, although population spread throughout city
12 New York, New York 14,275 0.2 Growing enclave within Manhattan's Chinatown. Growing populations in Queens and the Bronx.
13 Portland, Oregon 12,806 2.1 Sandy Blvd was known as "Saigon Blvd" during the mid-90s, 82nd Ave has a growing enclave as well as suburban Clackamas County
14 Seattle, Washington 12,648 1.9 Little Saigon at east end of International District
15 Boston, Massachusetts 12,482 1.9 Growing enclaves in Dorchester and neighboring city of Quincy. Established within Chinatown.
16 Garland, Texas 12,118 5.2 In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
17 Fountain Valley, California 11,747 20.7 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
18 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 11,139 1.8 Little Saigon in Asian District of Central OKC
19 Milpitas, California 10,639 14.9 Near San Jose, California

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 10.6 106,379 In Bay Area
San Diego, California 2.8 37,720
Portland, Oregon 2.1 12,806

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 29.8 52,025 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, CA
El Monte, California 7.5 8,654 Many Chinese-Vietnamese
Santa Ana, California 7.2 23,907 In Orange County
Garland, Texas 5.2 12,118 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
Anaheim, California 5.0 17,192 In Orange County
Arlington, Texas 4.2 16,043 in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Small cities[edit]

These cities have between 10,000 and 100,000 people and consist of at least 6% Vietnamese American in the 2010-15 American Community Survey, sorted by percentage.

City Percentage Number Note
Westminster, California 40.3 36,954 The heart of Little Saigon, traditionally considered the center of overseas Vietnamese culture in the US. Located in Orange County, CA. Mayor of the city, Tri Ta is Vietnamese-American.
Fountain Valley, California 20.7 11,747 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, CA
Stanton, California 16.9 6,526 Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, CA
Rosemead, California 15.4 8,401 Many Chinese-Vietnamese, who might self-report as either Chinese or Vietnamese
Milpitas, California 14.9 10,639 Adjacent to San Jose (north)
West Falls Church, Virginia 8.5 2,494 Fairfax County, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia 8.2 2,482 Fairfax County, Virginia
Harvey, Louisiana 8.0 1,628 New Orleans suburb
White Center, Washington 7.4 1,091 Adjacent to Seattle
San Gabriel, California 6.3 2,524 Many Chinese-Vietnamese

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 New Orleans suburb
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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