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.
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.