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PCC-Redmond grocery store manager, Celeste
EDITORIAL (updated): One of my goals for this blog is to acknowledge and value Redmond international residents and the wealth of culture, business and grace they bring to our fair city and neighborhoods. Since Redmond's founding a hundred years ago, the city has moved far beyond it's native American - pioneer horse culture. Today, Microsoft and many other Greater Redmond tech companies expand our cultural and international diversity exponentially by hiring globally.
The 2010 census figures for Redmond, WA puts a handle on it:
- Redmond residents: 61% white not Hispanic, 1.7% black, 25% Asian, 8% Hispanic or Latino, 4% mixed-race, and 0.6% American or Alaskan Indian/islander.
- Other tidbits: Redmond's Asian population is 4 times larger than the average WA population. Of the Asian race, almost 12% are East Indian; percent of Arab nations are unknown.
- Foreign born persons living in Redmond are 29% of households.
- Language other than English spoken at home in 33% of households. (age 5+)
- Redmond business: Asian-owned firms (2007) 13%. Hispanic owned firms (2007) 3%
- Median household income (2006-2010): $88,194.
- Population: 54,155 (non-working hours), 20% increase last 10 years.
Washington Cathedral is a cultural center for five emerging churches, including - a newer Arab-Egyptian Christian Coptic Orthodox church, an established Spanish bilingual church and tiny Korean, Brazilian, and native American churches. Several Russian/Slavic community churches gather in Overlake business parks. A quiet neighborhood Buddhist Temple sits close to Lake Sammamish on NE 40th. Find a church directory here. Who did I miss?
We are fortunate, Asians publish an established newspaper in English, "The NW Asian Weekly." Readership on Redmond Blog (RNB) will increase with the new Microsoft translator. English is a first language in East India and other nations so my translator may appeal more to extended, older families. Hispanics love it. All tongues and cultures are welcome here!
Editorial and Photo By Bob Yoder
Over 40 international stories are on file on this Redmond blog.