Ancestry Maps


Chinese ancestry map The ePodunk map shows U.S. cities with the highest percentages of people of ancestry. Learn about cities with genealogy and find in-depth community information about the ancestry cities.


Among U.S. residents of Asian ancestry, those with roots in China make up the largest group. In the 2000 census, more than 2.2 million people claimed Chinese ancestry.

More than 300,000 Chinese came to American from 1850 until the Chinese Exclusion Act took effect in 1882. Many, working on the transcontinental railroad, settled in railroad towns across the West.

ePodunk mapped the top communities by percentage of population. The map and the following list show communities in which 1,000 or more people listed an ancestry group, and in which at least 5 percent of those people said they were of Chinese ancestry.

The links at left lead to information on other ethnicities.

Community Place type% Chinese
Monterey Park, CAcity42.32
Alhambra, CAcity33.96
San Gabriel, CAcity33.71
San Marino, CAcity32.34
Rosemead, CAcity31.76
Arcadia, CAcity28.17
Rowland Heights, CApopulated place25.63
Temple City, CAcity25.57
Walnut, CAcity25.23
Cupertino, CAcity23.48
South San Gabriel, CAneighborhd22.79
San Francisco, CAcity20.61
Kaneohe, HIpopulated place19.92
Hacienda Heights, CApopulated place19.57
Waianae, HIpopulated place19.27
Waimanalo, HIpopulated place19.21
Hillsborough, CAtown18.48
Honolulu, HIpopulated place18.32
Kapaau, HIpopulated place17.69
Saratoga, CAcity17.55
Millbrae, CAcity17.17
Foster City, CAcity17.09
South Pasadena, CAcity15.95
Hauula, HIpopulated place15.83
Diamond Bar, CAcity15.61
Waipio, HIpopulated place15.16
Haleiwa, HIpopulated place15.15
Halawa, HIpopulated place15.13
Mililani Town, HIpopulated place14.66
Daly City, CAcity14.65
Waimalu, HIpopulated place14.48
Fremont, CAcity14.33
Albany, CAcity14.3
Aiea, HIpopulated place14.1
Makakilo City, HIpopulated place14.1
Hilo, HIpopulated place14.01
North Potomac, MDpopulated place13.83
Kailua, HIpopulated place13.69
Milpitas, CAcity13.47
Pearl City, HIpopulated place13.34
El Cerrito, CAcity13.16
Stanford, CApopulated place13.07
Los Altos Hills, CAtown13.03
Wahiawa, HIpopulated place12.9
Ewa Beach, HIpopulated place12.89
Piedmont, CAcity12.58
Cerritos, CAcity12.39
Kealakekua, HIpopulated place12.34
Wailuku, HIpopulated place12.31
Alameda, CAcity12.22
Laie, HIpopulated place12.15
Kaunakakai, HIpopulated place12.03
Makawao, HIpopulated place11.93
Waimea, HIpopulated place11.92
Waimea, HIpopulated place11.81
Waialua, HIpopulated place11.49
Captain Cook, HIpopulated place11.29
Kapaa, HIpopulated place11.28
Honokaa, HIpopulated place11.02
Paia, HIpopulated place11
Broadmoor, CApopulated place10.8
Quincy, MAcity10.8
El Monte, CAcity10.78
San Leandro, CAcity10.6
Kahului, HIpopulated place10.44
Emeryville, CAcity10.19
Hercules, CAcity9.99
Lihue, HIpopulated place9.98
Holmdel, NJtownship9.97
Sunnyvale, CAcity9.91
Lanai, HIpopulated place9.83
Palo Alto, CAcity9.8
Union City, CAcity9.63
Irvine, CAcity9.52
Kaaawa, HIpopulated place9.52
Sugar Land, TXcity9.47
Falcon Heights, MNcity9.26
La Habra Heights, CAcity9.17
Kekaha, HIpopulated place9.13
Lansing, NYvillage9.04
Davis, CAcity8.74
South San Francisco, CAcity8.64
Los Altos, CAcity8.55
Oakland, CAcity8.55
Plainsboro, NJtownship8.55
Englewood Cliffs, NJborough8.42
Mountain View, CAcity8.39
West Windsor, NJtownship8.31
Malden, MAcity8.27
Koloa, HIpopulated place8.08
Waipahu, HIpopulated place8.06
Berkeley, CAcity8.03
Belmont, CAcity7.83
Moraga, CAtown7.78
Kalaheo, HIpopulated place7.77
Rancho Palos Verdes, CAcity7.69
Newcastle, WAcity7.64
Manhasset Hills, NYpopulated place7.46
La Palma, CAcity7.41
Brisbane, CAcity7.37
Castro Valley, CApopulated place7.29
Harrison, NJtown7.22
West Covina, CAcity7.21
Newport Coast, CApopulated place7.19
Thomaston, NYvillage7.02
San Mateo, CAcity6.98
Kilauea, HIpopulated place6.98
East Brunswick, NJtownship6.94
Holualoa, HIpopulated place6.71
Laguna, CApopulated place6.7
Russell Gardens, NYvillage6.7
Burlingame, CAcity6.58
San Ramon, CAcity6.55
Queens, NYborough6.42
Kihei, HIpopulated place6.4
Lahaina, HIpopulated place6.34
Livingston, NJtownship6.29
Brookline, MAtown6.27
Ann Arbor, MItownship6.27
Rockville, MDcity6.25
San Bruno, CAcity6.23
Orinda, CAcity6.22
San Jose, CAcity6.21
Searingtown, NYpopulated place6.12
Bellevue, WAcity6.11
Marlboro, NJtownship6.06
Chino Hills, CAcity6
Pinole, CAcity5.98
Edison, NJtownship5.96
Palos Verdes Estates, CAcity5.92
Manhattan, NYborough5.89
North Hills, NYvillage5.86
Montgomery, NJtownship5.85
University Gardens, NYpopulated place5.85
Monte Sereno, CAcity5.83
Ithaca, NYcity5.8
Herricks, NYpopulated place5.77
Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJtownship5.67
Atherton, CAtown5.63
Cunningham, ILtownship5.59
Urbana, ILcity5.59
Mercer Island, WAcity5.58
Fort Lee, NJborough5.56
Santa Clara, CAcity5.51
Lexington, MAtown5.5
Potomac, MDpopulated place5.48
Edgewater, NJborough5.44
Kensington, CApopulated place5.39
La Canada Flintridge , CAcity5.35
Sacramento, CAcity5.27
Montville, NJtownship5.27
Ashland, CApopulated place5.26
Gold River, CApopulated place5.26
Rolling Hills Estates, CAcity5.24
San Lorenzo, CApopulated place5.22
Alpine, NJborough5.22
Highland Park, NJborough5.22
Randolph, MAtown5.14
Kingston, NJpopulated place5.11
Brooklyn, NYborough5.07
Tenafly, NJborough5.06
Pacifica, CAcity5.02
Morganville, NJpopulated place5.02

Sources: 2000 Census, U.S. Census Bureau; Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, ed. Stephan Thernstrom; Ancestry: 2000, U.S. Census Bureau (June 2004); We the People: Asians in the United States, U.S. Census Bureau (December 2004); ePodunk

Mapping by Daniel Shorter

-- November 2005

Other Chinese Ancestry resources:

· Chinese Historical Society of America
· Chinese American Museum
· AsiaGenWeb
· China Genealogy Forum
· Immigration & ship records
· Organization of Chinese Americans

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