First, what is a Blasian? Well the term Blasian is quickly becoming the de facto term to describe people of both Asian and Black descent. Frankly, I like the term as it is simple and gives people of Asian and Black descent an easy way to identify themselves and find others in the Blasian community. The first step, good and bad, to lessening the struggle of being a member of a minority group, is to be able to easily build a community of other members of your minority group. A quick Google of the word “Blasian” currently turns up about 1,000,000 results as the term grows in popularity.

Amerie Mi Marie Rogers, Korean and African American, is known professionally as Ameriie (previously Amerie), and is an American recording artist, record producer, and actress.
Amerie Mi Marie Rogers, Korean and African American, is known professionally as Ameriie (previously Amerie), and is an American recording artist, record producer, and actress.

So today’s post will look at the question of where are the Blasians? The 2010 US Census indicates that there were about 186,000 Blasians in the US in 2010. Blasians grew by 74% from the 2000 census to the 2010 census, one of the fastest growing groups of any interracial groups in the US during this time. Also if you include people who are Black and Pacific Islander (such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson”) as is commonly done, then the number of US Blasians in the 2010 US census was about 243,000.

Top 15 States By Number of Blasians

Rank

State

Blasians

% of Blasians

1

 California

41,249

22%

2

 New York

20,896

11%

3

 Florida

16,040

9%

4

 Texas

11,132

6%

5

 Georgia

7,918

4%

6

 Virginia

7,056

4%

7

 Maryland

6,487

3%

8

 Washington

6,290

3%

9

 New Jersey

5,814

3%

10

 Illinois

4,935

3%

11

 North Carolina

4,929

3%

12

 Pennsylvania

4,508

2%

13

 Ohio

3,666

2%

14

 Nevada

3,569

2%

15

 Michigan

3,213

2%

Top 15 Total

147,702

79%

All Other States

38,093

21%

US Total

185,795

100%

The top 15 states account for nearly 80% of all Blasians and the top four states, California, New York, Florida, and Texas account for nearly 50% of all Blasians. In other words, Blasians are fairly concentrated in a few states. At the other end of the spectrum, four states reported zero Blasians – Wyoming, Vermont, North Dakota, and Montana. Additionally, another five states reported less than 200 Blasians in the entire state – Maine, South Dakota, New Hampshire, Idaho, and West Virginia. Consider these your places not to live if you are a Blasian 🙂

Kamala Devi Harris, East Indian and Jamaican American is an American attorney who has been the Attorney General of California since 2011
Kamala Devi Harris, East Indian and Jamaican American is an American attorney who has been the Attorney General of California since 2011

Let’s drill down from states to MSAs.

Top 15 MSAs by Number of Blasians
MSA Blasians

1

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area

22,756

2

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA Metro Area

11,282

3

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA Metro Area

7,837

4

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area

7,376

5

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area

7,243

6

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metro Area

5,416

7

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area

5,061

8

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA Metro Area

4,970

9

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area

4,578

10

Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI Metro Area

4,385

11

Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Metro Area

4,323

12

Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA Metro Area

3,708

13

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metro Area

3,297

14

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX Metro Area

3,183

15

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metro Area

3,113

Top 15 MSAs Total

98,528

The top 15 MSAs account for over 50% of all Blasians in the US and 5 of the top 15 MSAs are located in California, no surprise. While California has the most Blasians as a state, New York city has the most Blasians as a city.

David Alaba, Filipino and Nigerian, is an Austrian soccer player who plays for German club Bayern Munich and the Austria national soccer team.
David Alaba, Filipino and Nigerian, is an Austrian soccer player who plays for German club Bayern Munich and the Austria national soccer team.

Do Certain Places Have A Higher Concentration of Blasians Than Others

Top 15 States By Percent of Blasians

Rank

State

Blasians

Tot Pop

Percent

US% X

1

 Hawaii

2,694

1,360,301

0.20%

3.3

2

 DC

900

601,723

0.15%

2.5

3

 Nevada

3,569

2,700,551

0.13%

2.2

4

 Maryland

6,487

5,773,552

0.11%

1.9

5

 California

41,249

37,253,956

0.11%

1.9

6

 New York

20,896

19,378,102

0.11%

1.8

7

 Washington

6,290

6,724,540

0.09%

1.6

8

 Virginia

7,056

8,001,024

0.09%

1.5

9

 Florida

16,040

18,801,310

0.09%

1.4

10

 Georgia

7,918

9,687,653

0.08%

1.4

11

 Delaware

693

897,934

0.08%

1.3

12

 Alaska

530

710,231

0.07%

1.3

13

 New Jersey

5,814

8,791,894

0.07%

1.1

14

Colorado

2,693

5,029,196

0.05%

0.9

15

North Carolina

4,929

9,535,483

0.05%

0.9

Top 15 Total

127,758

135,247,450

0.09%

1.6

All Other States

58,037

177,223,877

0.03%

0.6

US Total

185,795

312,471,327

0.06%

1.0

Blasians are still a small percent of the total US population today at 0.06%, Hawaii has 3.3x the national average of Blasians and DC and Nevada each have more than 2x the national average of Blasians.

Allan Pineda Lindo, Filipino and African American, better known as apl.de.ap (pronounced "Apple Dee Ap"), is a Filipino-born American rapper, record producer, and singer best known as a member of the Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas.
Allan Pineda Lindo, Filipino and African American, better known as apl.de.ap (pronounced “Apple Dee Ap”), is a Filipino-born American rapper, record producer, and singer best known as a member of the Grammy Award-winning group The Black Eyed Peas.

Finally drilling down to MSAs again by % Blasian for both larger and smaller MSAs:

MSAs over 500,000 Blasian % Blasians

1

Honolulu, HI Metro Area

0.25%

2,400

2

Stockton, CA Metro Area

0.19%

1,295

3

San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA Metro Area

0.18%

7,837

4

Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA Metro Area

0.17%

3,708

5

Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metro Area

0.17%

3,297

6

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metro Area

0.16%

2,725

7

San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA Metro Area

0.16%

4,970

8

Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA Metro Area

0.15%

5,061

9

Colorado Springs, CO Metro Area

0.13%

867

10

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Area

0.13%

7,376

11

Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL Metro Area

0.13%

7,243

12

New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA Metro Area

0.12%

22,756

13

Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL Metro Area

0.11%

2,411

14

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA Metro Area

0.11%

4,578

15

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA Metro Area

0.10%

5,416

William Henry Demps, Jr., Korean and African American, is a former NFL football safety (Baltimore Ravens) and currently owns a restaurant chain in San Diego.
William Henry Demps, Jr., Korean and African American, is a former NFL football safety (Baltimore Ravens) and currently owns a restaurant chain in San Diego.
MSAs Under 500,000 Blasian % Blasians

1

Vallejo-Fairfield, CA Metro Area

0.39%

1,630

2

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX Metro Area

0.21%

844

3

Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA Metro Area

0.20%

158

4

Fayetteville, NC Metro Area

0.20%

725

5

Lawton, OK Metro Area

0.20%

245

6

Jacksonville, NC Metro Area

0.16%

286

7

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL Metro Area

0.16%

287

8

Warner Robins, GA Metro Area

0.15%

214

9

Oak Harbor, WA Micro Area

0.13%

102

10

Columbus, GA-AL Metro Area

0.13%

380

11

Manhattan, KS Metro Area

0.13%

160

12

Salinas, CA Metro Area

0.12%

507

13

Clarksville, TN-KY Metro Area

0.12%

321

14

Dover, DE Metro Area

0.11%

183

15

Sumter, SC Metro Area

0.11%

121

Couple of observations. Have you been to Honolulu, Hawaii lately? If so, you realize that Asians are already the majority ethnic group in Hawaii. Even the tourists these days are majority Asian with Japanese and Korean tourists far outnumbering American tourists in Hawaii. There are ample opportunities for Blacks and Asians to interact and build relationships in Hawaii, so it is not surprising that Hawaii has over 4x the US national average of Blasians.

Natasha "Tasha" Shanta Reid, Korean and African American, known by her Korean name Yoon Mi-rae, is an American-born South Korean rapper and singer.
Natasha “Tasha” Shanta Reid, Korean and African American, known by her Korean name Yoon Mi-rae, is an American-born South Korean rapper and singer.

The other interesting observation is that several of these MSAs have large military populations. In these cases, many of these Blasians are the product of Black US military men deploying to Asian countries and coming back with Asian wives, girlfriends, and kids. We have seen this same thing happen with white military personnel deployed in Asia.

Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, Vietnamese and Jamaican, known by his stage name Tyga is an American rapper
Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, Vietnamese and Jamaican, known by his stage name Tyga is an American rapper

Asian and Black couples are growing rapidly and doing very well and their offspring, the Blasians are becoming more and more prevalent in our world. We will examine this in more detail in future posts. Feel free to discuss this post further on the Asian Black Couples Forums at this link.

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