1.2 Million Filipinos Live in California

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The ethnic Filipino population in the United States in 2010 has grown by 38 percent in a decade, according to the latest U.S. Census.

There are 2,555,923 Filipinos in the country today, making them among the biggest minority groups in America. The number grew by 750,000 from the 1.8 millions Filipinos counted in the 2000 Census.

These figures, however, only represent counts of “Filipino Alone” responses to the 2010 Census survey. Based on the 2000 Census and 2008 Population Estimates, the total could further rise by 20 percent when the count for “Mixed-Race Filipinos” is added by the end of the summer. If these estimates hold, the total number of people with Filipino ethnicity could top 3.5 million.

As expected, the largest concentration of Filipinos can be found in California, the favorite destination of Pinoys because of its mild weather and the long presence of settled Filipino immigrants. Last year’s Census counted 1,195,580 Filipinos in the Golden State, or 3.2 percent of all the people in the state.
Hawaii comes second with 197,497, followed by Illinois, 114,724; New Jersey, 110,650; New York, 104,287; Texas, 103,074; Nevada, 98,351; Washington, 91,367; Florida, 90,223; Virginia, 66,963; Maryland, 43,923; and Arizona, 35,013.

Filipinos in Nevada continue to have the highest rate of growth nationwide as their numbers jumped from 12,048 in 1990 to 40,529 in 2000 – a dramatic increase of 236 percent. In the last 10 years, this number more than doubled again to 98,351 as Filipinos were attracted by the relatively cheap cost of real estate there, particularly in Las Vegas.