List of U.S. cities with large Vietnamese-American populations
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.
Cities with more than 10,000 Vietnamese AmericansEdit
These cities have more than 10,000 Vietnamese Americans according to the 2012-2016 American Community Survey, sorted by number.
|Rank||City||Number (2016)||Percentage (2016)||Comment|
|1||San Jose, California||106,992||10.6||City with the most Vietnamese Americans in the United States and outside of Vietnam.|
|2||Garden Grove, California||52,894||30.3||Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California|
|3||Houston, Texas||38,619||1.7||Little Saigon in Houston is located in Midtown and growing population in Chinatown.|
|4||San Diego, California||37,606||2.7||Little Saigon in the City Heights neighborhood.|
|5||Westminster, California||36,689||40.0||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.|
|6||Santa Ana, California||24,702||7.4||Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California|
|7||Los Angeles, California||21,981||0.6||Located near Orange County, California Little Saigon in the heart of Chinatown|
|8||Anaheim, California||17,896||5.2||Located in Orange County, California|
|9||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||16,682||1.1||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||Arlington, Texas||14,892||3.9||in the Dallas-Fort Worth region|
|11||San Francisco, California||14,657||1.7||Little Saigon, designated in the Tenderloin District, although population spread throughout city|
|12||Portland, Oregon||14,116||2.3||Sandy Blvd. was known as "Saigon Blvd." during the mid-90s, 82nd Ave. has a growing enclave as well as suburban Clackamas County|
|13||New York, New York||13,864||0.2||Growing enclave within Manhattan's Chinatown. Growing populations in Queens and the Bronx.|
|14||Garland, Texas||12,486||5.5||In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex|
|15||Seattle, Washington||11,974||1.8||Little Saigon at east end of International District|
|16||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||11,730||1.9||Little Saigon in Asian District of Central OKC|
|17||Boston, Massachusetts||11,614||1.8||Growing enclaves in Dorchester and neighboring city of Quincy. Established within Chinatown.|
|18||Fountain Valley, California||11,561||20.4||Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California|
|19||Milpitas, California||11,165||15.2||Near San Jose, California|
These cities have more than 500,000 people consisting of at least 2% Vietnamese American in the 2010 census, sorted by percentage.
|San Jose, California||10.6||106,379||In Bay Area|
|San Diego, California||2.8||37,720|
These cities have between 100,000 and 500,000 people consisting of at least 4% Vietnamese American in the 2010 Census, sorted by percentage.
|Garden Grove, California||29.8||52,025||Part of Little Saigon in Orange County|
|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|
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.
|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|
These cities have fewer than 10,000 people and consist of at least 8% Vietnamese American in the 2010 Census, sorted by percentage.
|Midway City, California||41.4||3,511||Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California|
|Avondale, Louisiana||20.1||1048||New Orleans suburb|
|Bayou La Batre, Alabama||14.5||370||Involved in fishery|
|Lake City, Georgia||13.0||340|
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|