Sunday, June 10th, 2012
You here a lot these days about the so-called BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India, China – that are seen as four of the key emerging global economic powers in the modern age. I wanted to take a look at some of the demographic connections between US metros and these nations by looking at the foreign born population from each of those countries. Now, people can be of say Indian origin without being born in India. Ethnicity is another way to look at it, but we’ll save that for another day. Also, I’m going to look at total population. This by its very nature correlates with overall region size. But given the fairly small numbers for these, I though a percentage analysis could easily be marred by statistical noise. Note that data may not be available for every metro area given the limits of the American Community Survey data I used for this. Data and maps were generated by my Telestrian tool. Given these caveats, let’s take a look.
Here’s a map of total Brazil born population by metro:
And here’s the top ten metro areas for total Brazilian born population:
|2||New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA||47,788|
|3||Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL||39,471|
|4||Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA||13,205|
|7||Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA||9,220|
|10||San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA||8,358|
This is interesting. I did this analysis because of a piece Jim Russell did a while back talking about the high Brazilian concentration in Boston, which we see has the highest total of Brazilian born people in the country. This was a big surprise to me. I would probably have just assumed Miami or maybe New York since it is so huge. It’s interesting to see that the Northeast Corridor is so strongly represented here.
Here’s the map for Russia:
And here are the top 10:
|1||New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA||95,550|
|2||Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA||24,502|
|5||San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA||12,979|
Interesting to me to see the Pacific Northwest well represented, though I guess it is close to Russia in a way. Portland particularly punch above its weight here. It would be interesting to know how many Russian emigres to the US are de facto Jewish refugees. But I don’t have that data.
Here’s the map:
And here’s the top 10:
|1||New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA||299,908|
|3||San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||79,482|
|5||San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA||77,464|
|6||Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA||73,063|
|7||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX||69,567|
|9||Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX||60,481|
|10||Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA||49,325|
I’m surprised by this as well. I would have thought the west coast would dominate. (Though if you total up the Bay Area it would be #2). The southern mega-boomtowns are holding their own quite well here.
First the map:
And the top 10:
|1||New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA||449,391|
|2||Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA||287,813|
|3||San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA||255,675|
|4||San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||91,337|
|8||Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX||51,267|
I’d be curious to hear everyone else’s impressions of these numbers.