These Are The 10 Alabama Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019


We used data and science to determine the cities in Alabama with the largest Asian population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Alabama with the largest Asian population.

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Across most of America, the African American and Hispanic communities comprise “most of the minority”. We’re not totally sure that’s a term, but it’s an accurate reflection of the state of race in America.

Asians are a “minority of the minority”, generally.

But not everywhere.

There are now over 17 million people who identify as Asian living in America, making up 5.6% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Asian population in Alabama is 62,100 – at 1.3% of the total population of Alabama.

And, unlike African Americans that fall under one group in the Census, Asian Americans have many sub-groups — Chinese, Filipino, and Indian being the three largest sub-groups.

So, what how does the Asian population stratify across Alabama? Which cities and towns in Alabama have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Alabama with the largest Asian population in 2019:

  1. Auburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hoover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Vestavia Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Troy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Pike Road (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Helena (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Hartselle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Daphne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Huntsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Alabama had the largest Asian population?

Auburn took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Alabama for 2019. 7.7% of Auburn identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Alabama ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Asian, check out the best places to live in Alabama or the most diverse places in Alabama.

How We Determined The Cities In Alabama With The Largest Asian Population For 2019

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Alabama.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Asian alone.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 102 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 7.7% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Auburn took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Lanett was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Alabama ranked by population of Asian residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Auburn, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 61,462
% Asian: 7.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,730
Percent Change Since 2010: 75.51%
More on Auburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Auburn is a city in Lee County, Alabama, United States. It is the largest city in eastern Alabama with a 2016 population of 63,118. It is a principal city of the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Area. The Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA with a population of 158,991, along with the Columbus, GA-AL MSA and Tuskegee, Alabama, comprises the greater Columbus-Auburn-Opelika, GA-AL CSA, a region home to 501,649 residents.

Madison, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 47,079
% Asian: 5.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,647
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.02%
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Madison is a city located primarily in Madison County, near the northern border of the State of Alabama. Madison extends west into neighboring Limestone County. The city is included in the Huntsville Metropolitan Area, the second-largest in the state, and is also included in the merged Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 42,938. Madison is bordered by Huntsville on all sides.

Hoover, AL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 84,150
% Asian: 5.16%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,341
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.16%
More on Hoover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hoover is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties in north central Alabama, United States. The largest suburb around Birmingham, the population of the city was 84,848 as of the 2015 US Census estimate. Hoover is part of the Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area and is also included in the Birmingham-Hoover-Talladega, AL Combined Statistical Area. Hoover-s neighborhoods and planned communities are located along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

Vestavia Hills, AL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 34,003
% Asian: 3.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,240
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.12%
More on Vestavia Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vestavia Hills is a city in Jefferson and Shelby counties in the State of Alabama. It is a suburb of the city of Birmingham. As of the 2010 census, its population was 34,033, up from 24,476 in 2000. It moved up from the fifth largest city in Jefferson County in 2000 to the third largest in 2010, behind Birmingham and Hoover.

Troy, AL

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,010
% Asian: 3.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 689
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.31%
More on Troy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Troy is a city in Pike County, Alabama, United States. The city is the county seat of Pike County. It was formally incorporated on February 4, 1843.

Pike Road, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,417
% Asian: 2.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 245
Percent Change Since 2010: 580.56%
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Helena, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 17,928
% Asian: 2.74%
# Of Asian Residents: 492
Percent Change Since 2010: 101.64%
More on Helena: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Helena is a city in Jefferson and Shelby Counties in the state of Alabama. Helena is considered a suburb of Birmingham and part of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,793. Helena is highly regarded as a place to live and raise children; Business Week named Helena the 13th “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” in 2007. It has the eighth-lowest crime rate per population in the U.S., and the city was ranked in Money magazine’s 2007 list of “Best Places to Live: Top 100” in the U.S., placing at number 91. The Alabama League of Municipalities awarded Helena the 2008 Municipal Achievement Award.

Hartselle, AL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,395
% Asian: 2.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 386
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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Hartselle is the second largest city in Morgan County, Alabama, United States, about 10 miles south of Decatur, and is included in the Decatur Metropolitan Area, and the Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area.

As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of the city was 14,255. Hartselle was founded in 1870 with the arrival of the South and North Alabama Railroad. It takes its name from George Hartsell, one of the railroad’s owners. The post office opened in 1873. It was formally incorporated on March 1, 1875. Most of the oldest buildings were destroyed by a disastrous fire in 1916.

Daphne, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,685
% Asian: 2.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 652
Percent Change Since 2010: 295.15%
More on Daphne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Daphne is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States, on the eastern shoreline of Mobile Bay. The city is located along I-10, 11 miles east of Mobile and 170 miles southwest of the state capital of Montgomery. The 2010 United States Census lists the population of the city as 21,570, making Daphne the most populous city in Baldwin County. It is a principal city of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley metropolitan area, which includes all of Baldwin County.

Huntsville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 190,501
% Asian: 2.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,893
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.99%
More on Huntsville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Huntsville is a city located primarily in Madison County in the Appalachian region of northern Alabama. Huntsville is the county seat of Madison County. The city extends west into neighboring Limestone County. Huntsville’s population was 180,105 as of the 2010 census. Huntsville is the third-largest city in Alabama and the largest city in the five-county Huntsville-Decatur-Albertville, AL Combined Statistical Area, which at the 2013 census estimate had a total population of 683,871. The Huntsville Metropolitan Area’s population was 417,593 in 2010 to become the 2nd largest in Alabama. Huntsville metro’s population reached 441,000 by 2014.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Alabama

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Alabama according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Alabama:

  1. Lanett
  2. Satsuma
  3. Oneonta

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Alabama

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Auburn 7.7% 61,462
2 Madison 5.62% 47,079
3 Hoover 5.16% 84,150
4 Vestavia Hills 3.65% 34,003
5 Troy 3.62% 19,010
6 Pike Road 2.91% 8,417
7 Helena 2.74% 17,928
8 Hartselle 2.68% 14,395
9 Daphne 2.64% 24,685
10 Huntsville 2.57% 190,501
11 Homewood 2.57% 25,678
12 Montgomery 2.5% 200,761
13 Greenville 2.47% 7,766
14 Tuscaloosa 2.46% 97,373
15 Opelika 2.31% 29,372
16 Valley 2.28% 9,331
17 Brewton 2.22% 5,279
18 Rainbow City 2.19% 9,560
19 Gardendale 2.13% 13,799
20 Clanton 2.03% 8,701
21 Fultondale 2.01% 9,012
22 Anniston 1.95% 22,097
23 Trussville 1.8% 21,145
24 Enterprise 1.74% 27,776
25 Daleville 1.63% 5,138
26 Pelham 1.63% 22,941
27 Mobile 1.63% 192,085
28 Oxford 1.62% 21,231
29 Clay 1.62% 9,685
30 Pell City 1.61% 13,465
31 Saraland 1.61% 14,026
32 Chelsea 1.57% 12,199
33 Athens 1.56% 24,735
34 Spanish Fort 1.56% 8,017
35 Moody 1.43% 12,585
36 Prattville 1.41% 35,286
37 Jacksonville 1.35% 12,731
38 Tarrant 1.27% 6,238
39 Arab 1.18% 8,200
40 Dothan 1.18% 67,784
41 Guntersville 1.18% 8,333
42 Irondale 1.17% 12,453
43 Jasper 1.16% 13,854
44 Mountain Brook 1.16% 20,438
45 Scottsboro 1.13% 14,584
46 Southside 1.13% 8,679
47 Talladega 1.07% 15,747
48 Russellville 1.05% 9,715
49 Alexander City 1.01% 14,705
50 Cullman 1.0% 15,111
51 Gulf Shores 0.99% 11,358
52 Fairhope 0.97% 19,561
53 Calera 0.95% 13,216
54 Eufaula 0.91% 12,467
55 Gadsden 0.9% 35,832
56 Andalusia 0.87% 8,918
57 Alabaster 0.87% 32,567
58 Muscle Shoals 0.85% 13,701
59 Birmingham 0.84% 212,265
60 Fort Payne 0.83% 14,017
61 Selma 0.79% 19,176
62 Phenix City 0.78% 36,870
63 Foley 0.66% 17,315
64 Florence 0.65% 39,824
65 Ozark 0.6% 14,546
66 Albertville 0.58% 21,342
67 Northport 0.56% 24,708
68 Monroeville 0.54% 6,072
69 Pleasant Grove 0.53% 10,224
70 Lincoln 0.5% 6,544
71 Montevallo 0.5% 6,626
72 Decatur 0.49% 54,844
73 Millbrook 0.45% 14,994
74 Boaz 0.45% 9,580
75 Tuskegee 0.43% 8,852
76 Bay Minette 0.4% 8,990
77 Opp 0.38% 6,580
78 Hueytown 0.34% 15,698
79 Atmore 0.32% 9,969
80 Wetumpka 0.31% 7,799
81 Prichard 0.28% 22,063
82 Pinson 0.25% 7,563
83 Tuscumbia 0.24% 8,452
84 Orange Beach 0.22% 5,826
85 Midfield 0.14% 5,174
86 Sheffield 0.13% 9,007
87 Center Point 0.11% 16,564
88 Bessemer 0.06% 26,697
89 Roanoke 0.0% 5,925
90 Fairfield 0.0% 10,850
91 Attalla 0.0% 5,884
92 Chickasaw 0.0% 5,889
93 Demopolis 0.0% 6,999
94 Sylacauga 0.0% 12,492
95 Glencoe 0.0% 5,116
96 Hamilton 0.0% 6,718
97 Robertsdale 0.0% 5,853
98 Leeds 0.0% 11,847
99 Smiths Station 0.0% 5,311
100 Oneonta 0.0% 6,585

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