Three middle class Indian-American suburban communities in the U.S.

New Jersey

New Jersey, has the largest concentration of Indian Americans per total populaton of any state. They consist of 4.35 percent of the state’s population. Nearly 72 percent (278,560) of the Garden State’s Indian American population is first-generation immigrants who were born in India or another country. (here.)

Monroe Township, NJ, It is the largest and most diverse South Asian cultural hub in the United States (Wikipedia). Monroe Township celebrates Diwali as a Hindu holiday. Carteret Borough’s Punjabi Sikh community, is the largest concentration of Sikhs in New Jersey. The County prints election ballots in English, Spanish, Gujarati, Hindi, and Punjabi.

Texas

Between 2010 and 2020, 95% of the state’s population growth was non-white. Compared to a growth of 187,252 in non-Hispanic whites, it gained 613,092 Asians. In some areas of Denton and Collin counties, north of Dallas, or Fort Bend County, just southwest of Houston, Asian immigrants are the driving force of growth.

Frisco (pop. 207,000) is in both Dillon and Collin Counties, Asian Americans make up nearly 21 percent of the city’s population. Nearly 23 percent of Frisco residents were born in another country. The student body at Roach Middle School, near the Hanuman Temple, is 37 percent non-Hispanic white, 28 percent Asian, 18 percent Black, 11 percent Hispanic, and 6 percent of a category that includes American Indian, Pacific Islander, and two or more races. At McSpedden Elementary, just down the road, 68 percent of the students are Asian. A few miles away in Plano, Russell Creek Park is the only park in North America to boast seven cricket pitches. (Here, here and here.)


California

17th Congressional district, south and southeast of San Francisco, is about 50% Asian-American in voting demographics. It is only Asian-American dominant CD outside of Hawaii.

The district includes Cupertino (pop. 59,000) which is the Apple headquarters. Cupertino is 64% Asian, 50% foreign-born, 75% with a four year college degree, 77% of workers in management or professional jobs

 

 

 

 

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