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San Gabriel Valley's Chinese population jumps

San Gabriel Valley’s Chinese population is increasing at a faster rate than elsewhere in Los Angeles, China Press reports. In the past 10 years, Chinese residents have growth rates ranging from 4% to 14% in some cities, compared with Los Angeles County’s overall population increase rate 3.1%.

According to writer Qiu Chen, a few reasons lead to San Gabriel Valley’s rapidly increasing Chinese population: Chinese immigrants’ pursuit of safe neighborhoods and good schools for their children, increased purchasing power for those in mainland China, and the changing housing market in recent years.

The article explains why Chinese immigrants and mainland Chinese investors are purchasing property in the San Gabriel Valley, citing value, investment opportunities, or interests in preparing a living place for study-abroad children. A real estate broker also said that the Chinese customers have three general characteristics: wealthy buyers purchasing luxury houses to maintain value; immigrants purchasing homes with good neighborhood and educational resources; and investors buying houses in less expensive predominantly Latino areas who hire real estate brokers to lease these houses.

San Gabriel cities ordered by Asian population.San Gabriel cities ordered by Asian population. 

Cities highlited in yellow have a significant (20%+) population of two ethnic groups. Those highlighted in green are three-way cities, with two groups with 20%+ and one with 15%+. The cities not highlighted have one dominant ethnic group.

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2 thoughts on “San Gabriel Valley's Chinese population jumps”

  1. Hi Liz thanks for the comment! The data were actually not come from the China Press, but are based on the American Community Survey data. According to the China Press articles, the Chinese population increases for the following reasons “pursuit of safe neighborhoods and good schools for their children, increased purchasing power for those in mainland China, and the changing housing market in recent years”. These statements are based on the overview of the China and U.S. economic situation in recent years, as well as real estate brokers' observation and experience with the Chinese customers. Chinese population boom in these areas is significantly influenced by the housing market, since owning a home is uaually the Chinese families' primary concern when they determine where to settle down.

  2. Elizabeth Hsing-Huei Chou

    Great story! Does the China Press article talk about where they get their numbers? And how did they determine the top reasons for why the population is increasing?