Vietnamese American Demographics (Census 2000)

Vietnamese American Population
Fourth largest Asian American group with a population of 1,110,207 (Vietnamese only).

About 1.68 million Asians reported more then one Asian group or race in Census 2000 and are not included in these numbers. Actual number of Vietnamese would thus be more.

Population growth rates of 89.2% from 1990 to 2000 and 125.3% from 1980 to 1990.

Comprise for 10.95% of the Asian American population and 0.39% of the US population.

Of the total, 564,424 live in the Western states, 335,679 live in the Southern States, 115,487 live in the Northeastern states, and 106,938 live in the Midwestern States.

"Overseas Vietnamese", refers to communities of Vietnamese living outside Vietnam in a diaspora; more so in USA and Canada.

Leading States
Top 5 US States for Vietnamese Americans:

1. California: 447,032
2. Texas: 134,961
3. Washington: 46,149
4. Virginia: 37,309
5. Massachusetts: 33,962

Leading Regions – West
1. Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA - 233,573
2. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA - 146,613
3. Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton - 40,001
4. San Diego, CA - 33,504
5. Sacramento-Yolo, CA - 18,170
6. Portland-Salem, OR - 17, 799
7. Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO - 13,885
8. Phoenix, AZ - 10,176
9. Honolulu, HI - 7,392
10. Stockton-Lodi, CA - 6,032

Leading Regions – South
1. Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX - 63,924
2. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX - 47,090
3. Atlanta, GA - 23,996
4. New Orleans, LA - 14,868
5. Oklahoma City, OK - 9,628
6. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL - 9,318
7. Austin-San Marcos, TX - 8,641
8. Orlando, FL - 7,621
9. Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC - 6,033
10. Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX - 4,597

Leading Regions – North East
1. Washington D.C./VA/MD/WV - 43,709
2. Boston-Worcester-Lawrence MA - 31,325
3. Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, PA/NJ/DE/MD - 24,779
4. New York City, NY - 12,040
5. Baltimore, MD - 3,616
6. Hartford, CT - 3,590
7. Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle PA - 2,649
8. Rochester, NY - 2,603
9. Springfield, MA - 2,220
10. Lancaster, PA - 2,178

Leading Regions – Mid West
1. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN - 15,905
2. Chicago, IL - 15,894
3. Wichita, KS - 7,284
4. Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI - 5,611
5. Saint Louis, MO-IL - 5,537
6. Detroit-Flint-Ann Arbor, MI - 5,237
7. Kansas City, MO-KS - 5,140
8. Lincoln, NE - 3,774
9. Cleveland-Akron, OH - 2,625
10. Des Moines, IA - 2,588

Leading Counties
1. Orange CA - 135,548
2. Santa Clara CA - 99,986
3. Los Angeles CA - 78,102
4. Harris TX (Houston area) - 55,489
5. San Diego CA - 33,504
6. King WA (Seattle area) - 27,484
7. Alameda CA - 23,817
8. Fairfax VA (Washington, D.C. area) - 23,044
9. Dallas TX - 21,355
10. Tarrant TX (Fort Worth area) - 19,396

Orange County has the largest concentration of Vietnamese Americans and is the largest Vietnamese population concentration outside of Vietnam.

Within Orange County, the cities of Westminster (30.7%) and Garden Grove (21.4%) have the highest concentration of Vietnamese Americans.

Westminster is considered the main cultural center of Vietnamese Americans with several in-language media outlets originating from this and adjacent areas.

Little Saigons
Vietnamese American businesses are generally located in Little Saigons and Chinatowns. Some popular Little Saigons could be found in:

Westminster, Orange County CA (Bolsa Avenue)
Sacramento CA (Stockton Avenue)
San Francisco CA (Larkin Street)
San Jose CA (San Jose City)
Houston TX (Bellaire Blvd.)
Seattle WA (12th Ave/Jackson Str);
Oklahoma City OK (Military Drive/Asia District)