Immigrant Groups 1
According to the Migration Policy Institute and the U.S. Census data from 2012 to 2016, three states in the U.S. with high immigrant populations are California, Florida, and Illinois. Within each of these states, the three cities that have the highest percentage of immigrants are Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago, respectively. Below you will find a methodology section depicting how this information was determined, as well as a brief overview with attached sources of the data in the spreadsheet and a small description of the hair salons and their ratings on Yelp. Please view the spreadsheet for a compiled list of this information.
In order to determine three immigrant races in the United States with high concentrations in specific cities, I turned to the Migration Policy Institute. This government-affiliated agency utilized the 2012-2016 U.S. Census data to record the number of immigrants in each county of each state in the U.S. based on their country of origin. From this site, I selected three states (California, Florida, and Illinois) and the county within each state (Los Angeles County, Miami-Dade County, and Cook County) that had the highest number of immigrants. I then used other U.S. Census data from 2016-2017 to determine what demographics were highly prevalent in the major city (Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago) of each county listed by the Migration Policy Institute. With this information, I then filtered through the Migration site to find a country of origin (El Salvador, Cuba, and Poland) within the popular demographics with a high number of residents.
After choosing a race and recording their population in the city based on the Migration Policy Institute data, I then searched Yelp to find highly-rated hair salons that were associated with each immigrant group. For the immigrant groups in Los Angeles (Salvadorans) and Miami (Cubans), I was unable to locate a single specific salon that explicitly stated their service to these immigrant groups. As a result, I instead located three salons for each that instead mentioned that the employees speak Spanish, or that the owners are originally from these countries of interest, and/or that the salons provide services that are geared towards the Spanish population in general (e.g. Brazilian blowouts, keratin treatments, etc.). For the immigrant population in Chicago (Polish), I located a single hair salon on Yelp with high reviews that noted that all of the employees speak Polish. This led to the conclusion that this salon is likely popular among this immigrant group.
Los Angeles, California
Immigrant race: Salvadoran
Country of origin: El Salvador
Immigrant race population: 262,400
Total immigrant population: 3,474,300
Salon Viejo has 78 reviews on Yelp and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. They offer Brazilian blowouts and also specialize in hair coloring and extensions. Le Quipe Hair Salon has 19 reviews on Yelp and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The employees here all speak Spanish. Le Unique Cuts has 62 reviews on Yelp and a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. The employees here also speak Spanish.
Immigrant race: Cuban
Country of origin: Cuba
Immigrant race population: 671,900
Total immigrant population: 1,391,600
Hair by Hisham has 110 reviews on Yelp and a 5-star rating. They are a full-service hair salon and also offer Brazilian blowouts, keratin treatments, and hair extensions. Mimi's Touch Salon has 87 reviews on Yelp and a 5-star rating, as well. The owner used to work in Cuban television as a make-up artist and hairdresser. Rebecca's Personal Touch has 6 reviews on Yelp and a rating of 4 stars out of 5, and the owner is from Cuba.
Immigrant race: Polish
Country of origin: Poland
Immigrant race population: 103,200
Total immigrant population: 1,101,700
Hair salon: House of Hair
House of Hair has 18 reviews on Yelp and a 5-star rating. All of the employees here speak Polish and the price range is moderate.
For a compiled list of this information, please view the attached spreadsheet. Keep in mind that these population values are based on the 2012-2016 U.S. Census data. Due to the difficulty in locating single locations in Los Angeles and Miami that are tailored to the Salvadoran and Cuban immigrant populations, three salons that could potentially be popular among these demographics have been cited instead.