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Most of us would figure that the city with the highest concentration of Polynesians would be Honolulu.  But, would you have ever guessed that New York City would be number two.  According the the US 2000 Census that is true.  Things may have changed since then but...
 
NYC Follow Up
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NYC Polynesian Count

Data possibly skewed

We received some comments, which are highly welcomed, about our NYC report.  We quote:

"As any Polynesian knows when filling out forms, they always ask your ethnicity.  The box always reads Asian/Pacific Islander.  It is at this moment that we ask ourselves, "is that me?"  Some of can safely say yes.  The Ah Sus, the Wongs, the Ah Mus, etc.  Any Samoan who somewhere in their ancestry can trace one of their  progenetors to  Asia.  But, what of the Samoans who if there is an early non-Samoan progenetor they were of German or English descent.  Then, this form fails to capture accurate data."

Yes, we have all filled out this form from time to time. But, it appears that the census bureau took this into consideration.  As we pulled up the actual census form it was clear that the Feds broke up each ethnicity into their own category. 

Samoans are the second most numerous group of Polynesians in the US

As we looked into further into the cesus report  We found some more interesting facts about Samoans in the US.  About 1 out of every 4 Pacific Islander in the US is a Samoan (22.5%.)  Only Native Hawaiians are more numerous than Samoans.  As a result, Samoans have their own category on the census form. 

Other  facts of interest are that Samoan households average 4.43 persons.  The family income is around $41,000, and about 1/3 of the Samoan households own their house.

Source: Census Report 2000

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This reader, who requested to remain annonymous, had a good point.  Since, many Federally funded programs which attempt to help Pacific Islanders, allot funds to certain programs according to ethnicity. Then, If these programs continue to inclue Asian with Pacific Islander, the programs may not be helping the Pacific Islanders as intended because the Pacific Islander population is significantly smaller that the Asian population.
 
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