Sociology- West Indians in America - Guyanese Immigration in America
Sociology- West Indians in
Short Paper #1: Getting Background
Brooklyn is well known for several largely populated West Indian communities that include Flatbush,
Many of my friends who are West Indian (or have West Indian background) live in
those neighborhoods. Some of my friends are Guyanese and I have noticed that
there is a large Guyanese population in Crown
I wondered where other Guyanese people might be located across the U.S., so I chose to research the numbers of
Guyanese in Alaska, New
Mexico, and Maine.
Along with my findings, I will also state migration data from the
migrationinformation.org site, about West Indians in the United States.
Let’s start off with some interesting facts about West Indian migration to gain a greater understanding of Guyanese migration. Caribbean born people accounted for about 10 percent (2,953,066) of the 31.1 million foreign born in the
according to year 2000 Census data. The top five countries where the largest
portion of Caribbean born came from are Cuba
(872,715), Dominican Republic
(553,825), Haiti (419,315),
and Trinidad and Tobago
(197,400), as stated for year 2000.
Women accounted for 53.8% of the Caribbean born; one could infer that many Caribbean women migrated to the
themselves to seek a better life in the states. From the 1990 to 2000, Dominican Republic, Cuba,
Jamaica, and Haiti had the largest numbers of migration to
in the ten year period. Caribbean born people also made a conscious effort to
become permanent residents of the U.S.,
according to fiscal year 2005, 108,469 Caribbean
born persons became permanent residents.
over 83 percent Caribbean born resided in Florida,
New York, New Jersey,
Massachusetts and California in 2000. Caribbean born people
accounted for a large amount of the foreign born population in New York (26 percent), New Jersey
(16.2 percent), and Florida
(41.4 percent). As far as occupations, Caribbean
people typically worked in service (24.4 percent) and sales (24.6 precent) jobs.
After establishing themselves in the U.S.,
about 46 percent of Caribbean people own their
After analyzing the
Caribbean migration data, I came
across quite a few interesting figures on Guyanese peoples in the states that I
previously mentioned. According to year 2000 census, Alaska
had a Guyanese population of 24, New Mexico
had 41 and Maine
had 20. The total foreign born population in Alaska
was 37,170, New Mexico 149,606, and Maine 36,691. Although
there were very few numbers of Guyanese in those states, Guyanese peoples
predominantly settled on the East Coast; 67.3% of Guyanese peoples live in New York, 8.4% in New Jersey,
7.9% in Florida, 2.9% in Maryland
and 1.9% California.
Prior to studying this data, I thought that mostly all Guyanese people resided
in Brooklyn however I was surprised to learn that there were Guyanese people
across the U.S., even in Alaska and Maine (who would think that were West
Indians in Maine?). Overall I feel enlightened and informed from the data provided
by the migrationinformation.org site.