In Nevada, Both Parties Court a Booming Vote Bloc: Asian Americans

By Amy Qin |

Unlike the Asian American communities in California and New York, which took root more than a century ago, Nevada’s is relatively new to the state. Many Asian Americans have moved to Nevada in recent years from California, seeking a lower cost of living and plentiful jobs in health care and hospitality. Others are businesspeople or real estate investors drawn by Nevada’s lack of a state personal income tax.

Today, Filipino Americans comprise about 43 percent of Nevada’s nearly 400,000 Asian residents, followed by Chinese Americans at 13 percent, according to APIA Vote and AAPI Data, which publishes demographic data and policy research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Churches, temples and cultural groups for Asians have proliferated. Many Asian Americans are members of the powerful Culinary Workers Union and the Service Employees International Union.

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