Table 4. Top-Five Metropolitan Areas of Resettlement for Top-10 Countries of Refugee Origin, 1983 to 2004*
Total Number Resettled Percent of Total
Former USSR 472,993  
New York NY 148,329 31.4
Los Angeles-Long Beach CA 37,689 8.0
Sacramento CA 25,006 5.3
Chicago IL 22,268 4.7
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA 20,405 4.3
Top-five metro areas 253,697 53.6
Vietnam 368,646  
Orange County CA 39,043 10.6
Los Angeles-Long Beach CA 30,718 8.3
San Jose CA 28,933 7.8
Houston TX 17,791 4.8
Washington DC-MD-VA-WV 14,269 3.9
Top-five metro areas 130,754 35.5
Yugoslavia 160,951  
Chicago IL 13,843 8.6
St. Louis MO-IL 9,816 6.1
Atlanta GA 7,708 4.8
Phoenix-Mesa AZ 6,616 4.1
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL 4,947 3.1
Top-five metro areas 42,930 26.7
Laos 105,168  
Fresno CA 13,306 12.7
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI 12,286 11.7
Sacramento CA 5,744 5.5
Merced CA 4,651 4.4
Stockton-Lodi CA 4,088 3.9
Top-five metro areas 40,075 38.1
Cambodia 67,043  
Los Angeles-Long Beach CA 6,140 9.2
Boston MA-NH 3,520 5.3
Chicago IL 2,692 4.0
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA 2,643 3.9
Philadelphia PA-NJ 2,476 3.7
Top-five metro areas 17,471 26.1
Iran 58,710  
Los Angeles-Long Beach CA 28,009 47.7
New York NY 4,554 7.8
San Jose CA 1,943 3.3
Washington DC-MD-VA-WV 1,755 3.0
Modesto CA 1,374 2.3
Top-five metro areas 37,635 64.1
Cuba 49,770  
Miami FL 28,168 56.6
Jersey City NJ 2,273 4.6
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater FL 1,789 3.6
Albuquerque NM 1,320 2.7
Las Vegas NV-AZ 1,267 2.5
Top-five metro areas 34,817 70.0
Somalia 46,859  
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI 6,507 13.9
Washington DC-MD-VA-WV 4,868 10.4
Atlanta GA 4,313 9.2
San Diego CA 4,201 9.0
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett WA 2,004 4.3
Top-five metro areas 21,893 46.7
Iraq 34,288  
Detroit MI 6,684 19.5
Chicago IL 2,898 8.5
San Diego CA 2,687 7.8
Phoenix-Mesa AZ 1,692 4.9
Dallas TX 1,448 4.2
Top-five metro areas 15,409 44.9
Ethiopia 33,864  
Washington DC-MD-VA-WV 3,257 9.6
Minneapolis-St. Paul MN-WI 3,213 9.5
San Diego CA 2,272 6.7
Atlanta GA 2,175 6.4
Dallas TX 1,881 5.6
Top-five metro areas 12,798 37.8
* Refers to fiscal years with the exception of 2004, for which data ends in June
Note: Totals reflect only those settled in metropolitan areas
Source: Authors' tabulation of ORR data.