Burmese Americans

Which states do Burmese Americans live in?

Burmese Americans are widely dispersed throughout America. Surprisingly, there is no single geographic region that is home to most Burmese Americans. Here’s a look at which states most Burmese Americans reside in.

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Top 10 States for Burmese Americans

Map of Burmese Americans by State Surprisingly, Burmese Americans live in all 50 American states. California houses almost 18% of Burmese Americans, followed by New York (12.1%), Texas (10.4%), and Indiana (7.9%). Texas and Indiana are not surprising choices, as they are 2 major resettlement destinations for newly-arrived refugees. In fact, Texas is the number one refugee resettlement destination in the country. Top 10 States with Burmese Americans In absolute numbers, Burmese Americans are largely concentrated in a handful of states. The top 10 states constitute 67.8% of the Burmese American population. Top 10 States with Burmese Americans (as a % of state's Asian American population) When taken as a percentage of each state’s Asian American population, Midwest states are overrepresented, with South Dakota leading the pack. Burmese Americans tend to be more densely represented in areas that traditionally have small Asian American communities. In fact, among the top 10, only Minnesota has an Asian American population above 4%. Top 10 States with Burmese Americans (as a % of state's total population) However, Burmese Americans constitute no more than 0.123% of any state’s population.

A Detailed Breakdown

Rank State Burmese American Population % of Burmese Americans
1 California 17,978 17.9%
2 New York 12,174 12.1%
3 Texas 10,451 10.4%
4 Indiana 7,868 7.9%
5 North Carolina 3,779 3.8%
6 Minnesota 3,763 3.8%
7 Maryland 3,450 3.4%
8 Illinois 2,950 2.9%
9 Arizona 2,675 2.7%
10 Georgia 2,646 2.6%
11 Florida 2,578 2.6%
12 Nebraska 2,250 2.2%
13 Washington 2,058 2.1%
14 Michigan 1,856 1.9%
15 Colorado 1,822 1.8%
16 Pennsylvania 1,822 1.8%
17 Virginia 1,668 1.7%
18 Kentucky 1,524 1.5%
19 Ohio 1,356 1.4%
20 Tennessee 1,324 1.3%
21 Iowa 1,260 1.3%
22 Kansas 1,204 1.2%
23 New Jersey 1,197 1.2%
24 Wisconsin 1,197 1.2%
25 Oklahoma 1,146 1.1%
26 Utah 1,090 1.1%
27 Massachusetts 1,072 1.1%
28 Oregon 977 1.0%
29 Missouri 842 0.8%
30 Connecticut 763 0.8%
31 South Dakota 669 0.7%
32 South Carolina 425 0.4%
33 Idaho 399 0.4%
34 Nevada 349 0.3%
35 Hawaii 281 0.3%
36 Louisiana 270 0.3%
37 Alabama 146 0.1%
38 District of Columbia 134 0.1%
39 Vermont 126 0.1%
40 West Virginia 109 0.1%
41 Rhode Island 108 0.1%
42 New Mexico 89 0.1%
43 New Hampshire 67 0.1%
44 Maine 65 0.1%
45 Arkansas 53 0.1%
46 Delaware 51 0.1%
47 Mississippi 37 0.0%
48 Alaska 30 0.0%
49 North Dakota 28 0.0%
50 Montana 14 0.0%
51 Wyoming 10 0.0%

References

I obtained this data from the 2010 Census Summary File 2, PCT1-Population Group-Burmese alone or in any combination (404) & (100-299) or (300, A01-Z99) or (400-999): TOTAL POPULATION, sorted by State.

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