Singaporean Americans

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Singaporean Americans
Total population
5,347 (Singaporean ancestry, 2010 US Census)
30,148 (Singaporean-born, 2013)
Regions with significant populations
Languages
English (Singlish), Mandarin Chinese, Hokkien Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Malay, Tamil
Religion
Related ethnic groups
Other Asian Americans

Singaporean Americans are Americans who have Singaporean ancestry.

There is a small community of Singaporeans in the United States, consisting largely of expatriate professionals from Singapore and their families as well as international students. The bulk of Singaporeans in the U.S. reside in metropolitan areas along a coastline, with the highest population located within the corridor connecting Boston, New York and Washington DC. On the West Coast, most Singaporean Americans live within several hundred miles of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. The next highest concentrations are in Texas, followed by an enclave by the Great Lakes, near Chicago and Ann Arbor.

Singaporeans in Chicago

Singaporeans have been coming to the Chicago area for work and school since the late 1960s. While a small number of families have settled permanently, the majority of Chicago's Singaporeans remain for short periods on visas as students or professionals. While the number of Singaporeans has fluctuated over time, community leaders estimated that between 200 and 300 Singaporeans lived in Chicago in 2000.

The Singaporean community in Chicago is close and well organized. Chicago Singaporeans come together for two major celebrations every year, the Chinese New Year and Singapore National Day. Food plays a central role in these events and is culturally important for Singaporeans, who spend a lot of time and effort to obtain authentic food.

Top 10 U.S. metropolitan areas with large Singaporean Americans population

Rank MSA Region Singaporean-Americans
(ancestry)
1 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island Mid-Atlantic 533
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana Pacific 505
3 San Francisco Bay Area Pacific 368
4 Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown West South Central 269
5 San Jose–Sunnyvale–Santa Clara Pacific 255
6 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy New England 185
6 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington West South Central 185
8 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Pacific 173
9 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria South Atlantic 165
10 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville East North Central 136

Notable people

See also