Cuban-American Population by U.S. City

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Cuban-American Population by U.S. City

As with most major news involving Cuba and Cuban-Americans, the historic Dec. 17 announcement by President Barack Obama that the U.S. will resume diplomatic relations with Cuba sent reporters to the Sunshine State to gauge reaction.

But a deeper look at U.S. Census Bureau population figures reveals that Florida is only one of many places in the U.S. with a significant Cuban influence.

NerdWallet’s analysis

NerdWallet’s examination of census data found:

  • When it comes to the number of people who self-identify as having Cuban ancestry, the New York City-Newark metropolitan area, with 145,336 Cuban-American residents, is second only to the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area.
  • Miami remains by all measures as the cultural heart of Cubans in America with over 1 million Cuban-American residents.
  • Half of the top 10 places for Cuban-Americans by population size are outside Florida, and include the metro areas in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Las Vegas.
  • Florida comes back into clear focus when ranking by percentage of population with Cuban ancestry, with only three places outside Florida cracking the top 20: Las Vegas, Nevada; Moultrie, Georgia; and Dodge City, Kansas. These places all have small, but relatively significant numbers of Cuban-American residents, according to census data.

 

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Cuban-Americans by total population

Rank Place Total population in 2013 Cuban-American population in 2013
1 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,673,185 1,017,855
2 New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 19,716,880 145,336
3 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 2,819,241 93,553
4 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 12,945,252 49,014
5 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,183,363 42,904
6 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 9,488,493 23,108
7 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 633,968 21,960
8 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,379,176 21,324
9 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 328,209 20,947
10 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,976,925 20,857
11 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 6,063,540 19,675
12 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,759,330 16,982
13 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 5,992,766 12,953
14 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,285,443 12,015
15 Jacksonville, FL 1,363,610 11,963
16 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 6,575,833 11,350
17 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 610,295 10,720
18 Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 4,604,278 10,414
19 Key West, FL 74,213 9,120
20 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 712,581 8,665

 

Percent of population with Cuban ancestry

Rank Place Total population in 2013 Cuban-American population in 2013 Percent of total population
1 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,673,185 1,017,855 17.94%
2 Key West, FL 74,213 9,120 12.29%
3 Clewiston, FL 38,346 2,854 7.44%
4 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 328,209 20,947 6.38%
5 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 633,968 21,960 3.46%
6 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 2,819,241 93,553 3.32%
7 Wauchula, FL 27,336 627 2.29%
8 Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,183,363 42,904 1.97%
9 Gainesville, FL 266,765 5,102 1.91%
10 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 610,295 10,720 1.76%
11 Sebring, FL 98,275 1,725 1.76%
12 Port St. Lucie, FL 428,801 6,947 1.62%
13 Okeechobee, FL 39,642 539 1.36%
14 Moultrie, GA 45,781 617 1.35%
15 North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 712,581 8,665 1.22%
16 Arcadia, FL 34,651 412 1.19%
17 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 139,356 1,537 1.10%
18 Dodge City, KS 34,217 368 1.08%
19 Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,976,925 20,857 1.06%
20 Tallahassee, FL 370,777 3,904 1.05%

Source: U.S. Census American Community Survey 5-year Estimate, 2009-2013

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