Darker colors indicate counties with higher percentage of Vietnamese population, from 2000 US Census

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.

Vietnamese Americans are mainly concentrated in metropolitan areas in the West, including Orange County, CaliforniaSan Jose, California, and Houston, Texas.

Cities with more than 10,000 Vietnamese Americans

These cities have more than 10,000 Vietnamese Americans according to the 2012-2016 American Community Survey, sorted by number.

RankCityNumber (2016)Percentage (2016)Comment
5Westminster, California36,68940.0Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California. City with the most Vietnamese Americans per capita. Mayor of the city, Tri Ta is Vietnamese-American.
2Garden Grove, California52,89430.3Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
18Fountain Valley, California11,56120.4Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
19Milpitas, California11,16515.2Near San Jose, California. The mayor of the city Rich Tran is Vietnamese American.[1]
1San Jose, California106,99210.6City with the most Vietnamese Americans in the United States and outside of Vietnam.
6Santa Ana, California24,7027.4Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
14Garland, Texas12,4865.5In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
8Anaheim, California17,8965.2Located in Orange County, California
10Arlington, Texas14,8923.9in the Dallas-Fort Worth region
4San DiegoCalifornia37,6062.7Little Saigon in the City Heights neighborhood.
12Portland, Oregon14,1162.3Sandy Blvd. was known as "Saigon Blvd." during the mid-90s, 82nd Ave. has a growing enclave as well as suburban Clackamas County
16Oklahoma CityOklahoma11,7301.9Little Saigon in Asian District of Central OKC
15SeattleWashington11,9741.8Little Saigon at east end of International District
17BostonMassachusetts11,6141.8Growing enclaves in Dorchester and neighboring city of Quincy. Established within Chinatown.
3HoustonTexas38,6191.7Little Saigon in Houston is located in Midtown and growing population in Chinatown.
11San Francisco, California14,6571.7Little Saigon, designated in the Tenderloin District, although population spread throughout city
9PhiladelphiaPennsylvania16,6821.1Largest community in South Philadelphia. Also, clusters in the Olney and Logan sections as well as parts of the Lower Northeast, Chinatown, and nearby Camden, New Jersey.
7Los Angeles, California21,9810.6Located near Orange County, California Little Saigon in the heart of Chinatown
13New YorkNew York13,8640.2Growing enclave within Manhattan's Chinatown. Growing populations in Queens and the Bronx.

Major cities

These cities have more than 500,000 people consisting of at least 2% Vietnamese American in the 2010 census, sorted by percentage.

San Jose, California10.6106,379
San DiegoCalifornia2.837,720
Portland, Oregon2.112,806

Medium cities

These cities have between 100,000 and 500,000 people and are at least 4% Vietnamese American in the 2010 Census, sorted by percentage.

Garden Grove, California29.852,025Part of Little Saigon in Orange County
El Monte, California7.58,654Many Chinese-Vietnamese
Santa Ana, California7.223,907In Orange County
Garland, Texas5.212,118in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
Anaheim, California5.017,192In Orange County
Arlington, Texas4.216,043in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

Small cities

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.

CityPercentage  Number  Note
Westminster, California40.336,954The heart of Little Saigon, traditionally considered the center of overseas Vietnamese culture in the US. Located in Orange County, California. The mayor of the city, Tri Ta, is Vietnamese-American.
Fountain Valley, California20.711,747Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
Stanton, California16.96,526Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
Rosemead, California15.48,401Many Chinese-Vietnamese, who might self-report as either Chinese or Vietnamese
Milpitas, California14.910,639Adjacent to San Jose (north)
West Falls Church, Virginia8.52,494Fairfax County, Virginia
Springfield, Virginia8.22,482Fairfax County, Virginia
Harvey, Louisiana8.01,628New Orleans suburb
White Center, Washington7.41,091Adjacent to Seattle
San Gabriel, California6.32,524Many 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, California41.43,511Part of Little Saigon in Orange County, California
Morrow, Georgia20.31,307
Avondale, Louisiana20.11048New Orleans suburb
Henderson, Louisiana18.0300
Amelia, Louisiana17.8437
Bayou La Batre, Alabama14.5370Involved in fishery
Lake City, Georgia13.0340
Palacios, Texas8.1383


Ten largest counties with Vietnamese Americans according to the 2010 Census, sorted by number.

RankCountyNumber (2010)Percentage (2010)Metropolitan Region
2Santa Clara County, California125,6957.1San Francisco Bay AreaSouth
1Orange County, California183,7666.1Greater Los Angeles
9Fairfax County, Virginia28,7702.7Greater WashingtonVirginia
4Harris County, Texas80,4092.0Houston
6King County, Washington38,7262.0Seattle
7Alameda County, California30,5332.0San Francisco Bay AreaEast
8Tarrant County, Texas29,1281.6Dallas/ Fort Worth
5San Diego County, California44,2021.4San Diego
10Dallas County, Texas26,2761.1Dallas/Fort Worth
3Los Angeles County, California87,4680.9Los Angeles


  1. ^ "The Honorable Rich Tran, Mayor of Milpitas, CA". pivotnetwork.org. Retrieved 2019-11-25.