Filipinos now Alaska's largest Asian group
By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Feb. 10, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Despite growing up in a country known for its hot tropical weather, a growing number of Filipino immigrants are thriving in the cold climate of Alaska.
A new report by Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development shows the migration of Filipinos to “the last frontier” has made a dramatic shift in the state’s ethnic population.
According to the report, the state’s Asian and Pacific Islander population boomed between 2000 to 2010. Today Alaska’s AAPI population counts up to 60,000 people strong, with Filipinos accounting for 50 percent of them.
In Anchorage, Filipinos are now the city’s largest minority group.
The data shows that the greatest concentrations of Filipinos in Alaska are found in the Aleutians, Kodiak Island, and in Anchorage where they are now the city’s largest minority group.