Burmese Americans

Which metropolitan areas and counties do Burmese Americans live in?

A more granular look at the Burmese American population, down to the county-level, reveals many surprising and obscure names that are home to large Burmese American populations.

For more on my series about Burmese Americans, click on the “Burmese Americans” tag.

High-Level Findings

% of Metropolitan Areas with Burmese Americans

The overwhelming majority of Americans live in one of its 300-odd metropolitan centers. As of the 2010 Census, the 366 metropolitan areas had populations ranging from 55,274 (Carson City, NV) to 18,897,109 (New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA).

Burmese Americans were present in about a quarter of the U.S.’ major urban centers. Close to 91% of Burmese Americans, in fact, live in a metropolitan area.

% of Counties with Burmese Americans

While Burmese Americans live in every state, they are present in only 28% of the United States’ 3,143 counties and parishes, according to 2010 Census data. Still a staggering number, in my opinion, as it speaks to the geographic dispersion of Burmese Americans.

Top Metropolitan Areas for Burmese Americans

Burmese Americans by Metropolitan Area

In absolute numbers, the top 10 metropolitan areas account for 46% of the Burmese American population. The remainder live in 82 other metropolitan areas. According to the 2010 Census, there were 24 metropolitan centers with Burmese American populations.

Unsurprisingly, California is home to the 2 largest urban and suburban concentrations of Burmese Americans: San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA Metro Area (8.1% of Burmese Americans) and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Metro Area (6.7% of Burmese Americans). The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area comes at a close third, where about 5.6% of the Burmese Americans live.

Rank Metropolitan Area Burmese American population % of Burmese Americans
1 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA Metro Area 7,383 8.1%
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Metro Area 6,109 6.7%
3 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area 5,126 5.6%
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area 4,272 4.7%
5 Fort Wayne, IN Metro Area 3,847 4.2%
6 Indianapolis-Carmel, IN Metro Area 3,699 4.1%
7 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI Metro Area 3,281 3.6%
8 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area 2,995 3.3%
9 Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ Metro Area 2,517 2.8%
10 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metro Area 2,448 2.7%
11 Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY Metro Area 2,427 2.7%
12 Utica-Rome, NY Metro Area 2,394 2.6%
13 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI Metro Area 1,987 2.2%
14 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metro Area 1,796 2.0%
15 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX Metro Area 1,759 1.9%
16 Amarillo, TX Metro Area 1,683 1.9%
17 Baltimore-Towson, MD Metro Area 1,473 1.6%
18 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO Metro Area 1,447 1.6%
19 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area 1,422 1.6%
20 Syracuse, NY Metro Area 1,248 1.4%
21 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA Metro Area 1,208 1.3%
22 Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metro Area 1,201 1.3%
23 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA Metro Area 1,077 1.2%
24 Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI Metro Area 1,022 1.1%
All Other Metropolitan Areas 27,009 29.7%

Top 10 Counties for Burmese Americans

Top 10 Counties with Burmese Americans

In absolute numbers, the largest Burmese American communities reside in a handful of American counties. 30.8% of Burmese Americans reside in the top 10 counties. Unsurprisingly, Los Angeles County is home to the United States’ largest Burmese American community, who comprise 5.2% of the total. 2nd is Allen County, Indiana, home to Fort Wayne, which is a major resettlement center for Burmese refugeesBelow is a list of counties with 1,000+ Burmese Americans (of which there are 23):

Rank County Burmese American population % of Burmese Americans
1 Los Angeles County, CA 5,254 5.2%
2 Allen County, IN 3,846 3.8%
3 Marion County, IN 3,671 3.7%
4 Ramsey County, MN 3,109 3.1%
5 Alameda County, CA 2,712 2.7%
6 San Mateo County, CA 2,577 2.6%
7 Maricopa County, AZ 2,505 2.5%
8 Erie County, NY 2,414 2.4%
9 Oneida County, NY 2,394 2.4%
10 Queens County, NY 2,344 2.3%
11 Dallas County, TX 2,278 2.3%
12 DeKalb County, GA 2,180 2.2%
13 Douglas County, NE 1,791 1.8%
14 Potter County, TX 1,669 1.7%
15 Harris County, TX 1,634 1.6%
16 San Francisco County, CA 1,579 1.6%
17 King County, WA 1,262 1.3%
18 Kings County, NY 1,260 1.3%
19 Onondaga County, NY 1,242 1.2%
20 Santa Clara County, CA 1,205 1.2%
21 San Diego County, CA 1,077 1.1%
22 Moore County, TX 1,039 1.0%
23 Montgomery County, MD 1,031 1.0%

Top 10 Counties with Burmese Americans (as a % of county's total population)

In terms of population density, Burmese Americans tend to constitute larger portions of smaller, rural counties in the Midwest.

Rank County % Burmese Americans Burmese American population County population
1 Moore County, TX 4.70% 1,039 21,904
2 Beadle County, SD 3.00% 519 17,398
3 Nobles County, MN 1.40% 303 21,378
4 Potter County, TX 1.40% 1,669 121,073
5 Finney County, KS 1.30% 471 36,776
6 Calhoun County, TX 1.20% 249 21,381
7 Allen County, IN 1.10% 3,846 355,329
8 Oneida County, NY 1.00% 2,394 234,878
9 Texas County, OK 0.70% 153 20,640
10 Louisa County, IA 0.70% 84 11,387
11 Warren County, KY 0.60% 707 113,792
12 Ramsey County, MN 0.60% 3,109 508,640
13 Craven County, NC 0.60% 630 103,505
14 Orange County, NC 0.60% 780 133,801
15 Murray County, MN 0.60% 50 8,725
16 Calhoun County, MI 0.50% 674 136,146
17 Hardy County, WV 0.50% 69 14,025
18 Buena Vista County, IA 0.40% 86 20,260
19 Charlottesville City, VA 0.40% 183 43,475
20 Marion County, IN 0.40% 3,671 903,393
21 Marshall County, IA 0.40% 160 40,648
22 Cass County, IN 0.40% 144 38,966
23 Wyandotte County, KS 0.40% 578 157,505
24 San Mateo County, CA 0.40% 2,577 718,451
25 Douglas County, NE 0.30% 1,791 517,110

Top 10 Counties with Burmese Americans (as a % of county's Asian American population)

Burmese Americans’ overrepresentation among Asian Americans occurs almost exclusively in Midwestern counties that have miniscule Asian American populations, ranging in the single digits to a few thousand.

Rank County % of Burmese Americans among Asians Burmese American population County’s Asian American population
1 Beadle County, SD 78.00% 519 665
2 Moore County, TX 70.30% 1,039 1,477
3 Louisa County, IA 60.90% 84 138
4 Murray County, MN 50.50% 50 99
5 Bennett County, SD 46.20% 6 13
6 Hardy County, WV 43.70% 69 158
7 Daviess County, IN 40.40% 80 198
8 Aurora County, SD 35.00% 7 20
9 Texas County, OK 34.20% 153 448
10 Finney County, KS 33.80% 471 1,393
11 Allen County, IN 32.80% 3,846 11,716
12 Oneida County, NY 31.30% 2,394 7,655
13 Potter County, TX 30.50% 1,669 5,465
14 Wichita County, KS 28.60% 2 7
15 Cass County, IN 28.50% 144 505
16 Lyon County, IA 26.70% 8 30
17 Calhoun County, TX 24.60% 249 1,011
18 Calhoun County, MI 24.20% 674 2,786
19 Nobles County, MN 23.00% 303 1,318
20 Marshall County, IA 22.90% 160 700
21 Colfax County, NE 21.60% 8 37
22 Craven County, NC 21.10% 630 2,980
23 Warren County, KY 19.20% 707 3,689
24 Webster County, KY 18.90% 10 53
25 Red River Parish, LA 18.80% 3 16

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 Metropolitan Area and County.

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