New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego and San Francisco have the largest populations of Russian-speaking populations in the United States, as of July 2015. The United States has approximately 5.5 million Russian-speaking residents.Continue Reading
The New York City metropolitan area has the largest population of Russian-speaking Americans, with approximately 600,000 Russian speakers. The Brighton Beach neighborhood in Brooklyn is nicknamed "Little Odessa" because of its population of Russian immigrants. Many Russians chose this area after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1980s.
The Hollywood Hills and West Hollywood neighborhoods of Los Angeles also have significant Russian-speaking populations. Residents immigrated to the area from the Russian Federation, as well as Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Uzbekistan after the collapse of the Soviet Union. West Hollywood boasts several Russian grocery stores, restaurants and bars. Residents can find Russian-speaking medical doctors in this area. Other Russian-speaking businesses include day cares, schools and newspapers.
Alaska has the oldest population of native Russian-speakers in the United States. Founded in 1968 and located on the Kenai Penninsula outside of Anchor point, Nikolaevsk is the oldest Russian-speaking community in Alaska. The communities of Voznesenka, Razdolna and Kachemak Selo, located east of Homer, have many Russian Old Believers dedicated to preserving their religious and cultural traditions.Learn more about Population & Demography