Thursday, June 20, 2013

What U.S. city has the most Khmer?

Putting the Khmer in America

In a previous post I broke down the Cambodian-American population by state. But states are big — just because Minnesota has a lot of people with Khmer ancestry doesn't mean you can buy prahok in Angle Township.

But conveniently for me, the U.S. Census offers a lot of information and many ways to slice it. Instead of only aggregating people based on the often arbitrary lines of local government, the Census Bureau charts the populations of broader areas. For example, instead of just tracking the population of Portland (with a mere 603,106 people as of 2012), the metropolitan statistical area includes Hillsboro, Vancouver and other suburbs (with 1,789,580 people as of 2010).

This is important because we are often unaware of the near-invisible political boundaries surrounding us, until we encounter high sales taxes or are unable to pump our own gas.

Anyway, everyone knows that Long Beach is the heart of Cambodian-America, but I surprised at how high Stockton and Minneapolis ranked. A listing of all cities with reported Khmer populations is after the jump.

Metropolitan statistical area Khmer
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana CA 44522
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy MA-NH 24528
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA 19240
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD 13000
Stockton CA 12557
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont CA 8580
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River RI-MA 8135
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA 7395
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI 7266
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV 6815
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos CA 5963
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA 5865
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX 5759
Fresno CA 5618
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX 5383
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta GA 4977
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA 4424
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville IL-IN-WI 4089
Modesto CA 3934
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island NY-NJ-PA 3488
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville CA 3188
Columbus OH 2351
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale AZ 2334
Richmond VA 2170
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield CO 2016
Jacksonville FL 1958
Rochester MN 1688
Salt Lake City UT 1682
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL 1612
Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill NC-SC 1581
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford ME 1545
Las Vegas-Paradise NV 1506
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk CT 1490
Santa Rosa-Petaluma CA 1316
Holland-Grand Haven MI 1243
Spartanburg SC 1123
Springfield MA 1079
Cincinnati-Middletown OH-KY-IN 1052
Olympia WA 1049
Wichita KS 1015
Greensboro-High Point NC 929
Thomasville-Lexington NC Micro Area891
Memphis TN-MS-AR 841
Bakersfield-Delano CA 832
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos TX 825
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin TN 802
Worcester MA 790
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford CT 782
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor OH 727
Lancaster PA 720
New Haven-Milford CT 708
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford FL 681
Kansas City MO-KS 652
Rochester NY 627
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC 626
Honolulu HI 605
Madison WI 586
Baltimore-Towson MD 578
Des Moines-West Des Moines IA 570
Mobile AL 541
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura CA 536
Detroit-Warren-Livonia MI 536
Utica-Rome NY 521
Salem OR 419
Harrisburg-Carlisle PA 419
Manchester-Nashua NH 414
Columbia MO 406
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach FL 403
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX 401
Palm Coast FL 373
Louisville/Jefferson County KY-IN 361
Janesville WI 319
York-Hanover PA 310
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner LA 300
Indianapolis-Carmel IN 299
Boulder CO 291
Lebanon PA 287
Anchorage AK 270
Syracuse NY 265
Bowling Green KY 265
Elkhart-Goshen IN 263
Chattanooga TN-GA 261
Logan UT-ID 260
Longview WA 259
Bellingham WA 259
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota FL 249
Vallejo-Fairfield CA 244
Aberdeen WA Micro Area243
Yuba City CA 241
Oklahoma City OK 226
Asheville NC 224
St. Louis MO-IL 203
Tucson AZ 199
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta CA 198
Sioux City IA-NE-SD 195
Faribault-Northfield MN Micro Area188
Norwich-New London CT 184
Visalia-Porterville CA 180
Colorado Springs CO 177
Dayton OH 174
Raleigh-Cary NC 169
Port St. Lucie FL 168
Pittsburgh PA 166
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX 164
Provo-Orem UT 158
Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown NY 155
Merced CA 154
Lexington-Fayette KY 153
Lakeland-Winter Haven FL 153
Santa Cruz-Watsonville CA 149
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX 148
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent FL 143
Winston-Salem NC 139
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton PA-NJ 139
Boise City-Nampa ID 138
Tyler TX 137
Ithaca NY 137
South Bend-Mishawaka IN-MI 136
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville FL 133
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI 132
Abilene TX 129
Durham-Chapel Hill NC 125
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles CA 123
Longview TX 122
Tulsa OK 121
Torrington CT Micro Area120
Albuquerque NM 117
Greeley CO 115
Akron OH 115
Omaha-Council Bluffs NE-IA 111
Hanford-Corcoran CA 110
Buffalo-Niagara Falls NY 110
St. Cloud MN 109
Spokane WA 108
Champaign-Urbana IL 108
Roanoke VA 107
Lincoln NE 103
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland WA 103


  1. We are looking for someone bilingual in Khmer and English in the south Washington state coast area (South Bend and within a sixty mile radius). Any leads would be much appreciated.

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  3. Hello, my name is Heng You. I am live USA. I wrote two songs about Phnom Penh City. The first song is in Khmer “My Phnom Penh” and the second song is in English “Priceless Memories of My Hometown”.
    I hope you like them. Please share them with Cambodian friends and families.
    Please see youtube links below.

    Thank you,


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  5. I am visiting Portland, any protestant church in portland area that I can visit/attend?

  6. First Baptist Church of Portland, Pastor Peter
    Im. About 50 in Cambodian congregation.

  7. Salaam Charles here on facebook just wondering who I can contract with of Khmer for I am in the USA Macon Georgia Bibb county residents to communicate 4785014315.

  8. Greetings from Missouri. My Cmbodian friends in St. Louis are searching for other Cambodians for fellowship nearby. Thanks, John W.

  9. Hi - I am in need of a Cambodian translator in Lincoln Nebraska for a Physical Therapist appointment for Tuesday. Any help would be appreciated. 7728281436 thank you

  10. I am in need of a Khmer Interpreter/Translator in Atlanta, GA. Any help will be much appreciated.
    678-491-0507 thank you!!

  11. I am Khmer from San Jose Ca. I just want to say that I love you all Khmer people. For me has always been my pleasure to met Khmer people anywhere. I wish you all peace and prosperity.

  12. Hello, I am in need of a person who speaks Native Khmer--I would want to record them reading an election for voting machines (to help Khmer people vote in the upcoming election)-- preferably in Omaha, Nebraska this week for a one or two occurrence paid phone number is 402-612-4237...I would really appreciate your help, and thank you!

  13. Hi, I'm looking for a Khmer speaker living in Raleigh / Cary area willing to travel to do an interpretation for a patient that does not speak English. Please text me at 919 221 9979 or