Chinese Population in the U.S.

1820 to 1850 – “According to U.S. immigration records, 43 Chinese entered the Continental United states between 1820 and 1850” (Choy, et al).

1849 – “780 Chinese lived around San Francisco Bay Area” (Choy, et al).

1850 – “Chinese population in San Francisco increased to
4, 018; many began working in gold mining regions.

1852 -“According to U.S. records, about 20,000 Chinese entered through San Francisco. The estimated Chinese population in California was 25,000” (Choy, et al).

1880 – “Chinese comprised .002% of the total continental U.S. population” (Choy, et al).

The following chart was obtained in a PowerPoint presentation for the South Texas College of Law.

Population of Foreign Groups in California
Source: Sucheng Chan, “A People of Exceptional Character” via South Texas College of Law   https://www.stcl.edu/faculty_pages/faculty_folders/steiner/aal/thechineseincalifornia.ppt.
Population of foreign groups in California.Source: Sucheng Chan, “A People of Exceptional Character” via South Texas College of Law
https://www.stcl.edu/faculty_pages/faculty_folders/steiner/aal/thechineseincalifornia.ppt.

 

 

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