Published November 1, 2008 | November 2008 issue
The Community Affairs Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis has released a report on disparities in homeownership rates in the Hmong-American community. Hmong refugees, mostly from Laos and including many who had allied themselves with U.S. forces during the Vietnam War, began arriving in the U.S. in the mid- to late 1970s. Many Hmong-Americans eventually settled in California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The new report, titled Accounting for Regional Migration Patterns and Homeownership Disparities in the Hmong-American Refugee Community, 1980–2000, traces Hmong homeownership rates in the U.S. over the previous two decades and examines gaps in rates among the geographic areas where Hmong refugees are concentrated.