10 Cities In Alabama With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine 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 60,240 – at 1.2% 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 2018:

  1. Auburn (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Madison (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Hoover (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Vestavia Hills (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Gulf Shores (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Troy (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Daleville (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Valley (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Greenville (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Tuscaloosa (Photos | Jobs)

Which city in Alabama had the largest Asian population?

Auburn took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Alabama for 2018. 7.05% 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 2018

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 2012-2016 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 104 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 7.0% 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 Smiths Station 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.

1. Auburn

Auburn, Alabama

Source: Public domain

Population: 60,318
% Asian: 7.05%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,252
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.77%
More on Auburn: Write A Review | Data | JobsAuburn 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.

2. Madison

Madison, Alabama

Population: 46,396
% Asian: 5.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,583
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.31%
More on Madison: Write A Review | Data | JobsMadison 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.

3. Hoover

Hoover, Alabama

Population: 84,100
% Asian: 5.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,240
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.48%
More on Hoover: Write A Review | Data | JobsHoover 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.

4. Vestavia Hills

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Population: 34,243
% Asian: 4.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,526
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.15%
More on Vestavia Hills: Write A Review | Data | JobsVestavia 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.

5. Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Population: 11,252
% Asian: 4.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 459
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Gulf Shores: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

6. Troy

Troy, Alabama

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,944
% Asian: 3.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 676
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.77%
More on Troy: Write A Review | Data | JobsTroy 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.

7. Daleville

Daleville, Alabama

Population: 5,160
% Asian: 3.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 157
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.77%
More on Daleville: Write A Review | Data | JobsDaleville is a city in Dale County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 5,295, up from 4,653 in 2000. It is part of the Ozark Micropolitan Statistical Area. The city’s nickname is “Gateway to Fort Rucker”, as this U.S. Army post is located just north of town. Cairns Army Airfield is located to the south of Daleville on the road to nearby Clayhatchee.

8. Valley

Valley, Alabama

Source: Public domain

Population: 9,439
% Asian: 2.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 256
Percent Change Since 2010: 118.8%
More on Valley: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

9. Greenville

Greenville, Alabama

Population: 7,896
% Asian: 2.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 203
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.97%
More on Greenville: Write A Review | Data | JobsGreenville is a city in Butler County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census, the population was 8,135. The city is the county seat of Butler County and is known as the Camellia City. The movement to change the official Alabama state flower from the goldenrod to the camellia originated in Greenville with legislative sponsors LaMont Glass and H.B. Taylor.

10. Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Population: 96,352
% Asian: 2.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,414
Percent Change Since 2010: 107.39%
More on Tuscaloosa: Write A Review | Data | JobsTuscaloosa is a city in and the seat of Tuscaloosa County in west central Alabama. Located on the Black Warrior River at the Atlantic Seaboard fall line of the Piedmont, it is the fifth-largest city in Alabama, with an estimated population of 99,543 in 2016.

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. Smiths Station
  2. Jackson
  3. Chickasaw

For more Alabama reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Alabama

City Rank % Asian Population
Auburn 1 7.05% 60,318
Madison 2 5.57% 46,396
Hoover 3 5.04% 84,100
Vestavia Hills 4 4.46% 34,243
Gulf Shores 5 4.08% 11,252
Troy 6 3.57% 18,944
Daleville 7 3.04% 5,160
Valley 8 2.71% 9,439
Greenville 9 2.57% 7,896
Tuscaloosa 10 2.51% 96,352
Huntsville 11 2.45% 188,973
Homewood 12 2.44% 25,652
Helena 13 2.4% 17,630
Montgomery 14 2.34% 201,717
Chelsea 15 2.17% 11,706
Fultondale 16 2.13% 8,854
Moody 17 2.12% 12,464
Southside 18 2.08% 8,563
Trussville 19 2.04% 20,872
Saraland 20 2.01% 13,778
Clanton 21 2.0% 8,730
Pike Road 22 1.95% 7,790
Opelika 23 1.94% 29,030
Rainbow City 24 1.93% 9,590
Anniston 25 1.86% 22,441
Hartselle 26 1.85% 14,475
Oxford 27 1.77% 21,202
Jacksonville 28 1.74% 12,827
Clay 29 1.63% 9,659
Mobile 30 1.6% 193,717
Gardendale 31 1.58% 13,750
Daphne 32 1.54% 24,295
Pelham 33 1.53% 22,596
Enterprise 34 1.42% 28,025
Alexander City 35 1.37% 14,859
Andalusia 36 1.35% 9,042
Arab 37 1.33% 8,247
Northport 38 1.26% 24,544
Prattville 39 1.2% 35,107
Fairhope 40 1.18% 17,996
Dothan 41 1.18% 68,066
Pell City 42 1.12% 13,489
Guntersville 43 1.09% 8,360
Spanish Fort 44 1.09% 7,825
Irondale 45 1.08% 12,388
Talladega 46 1.07% 15,793
Tarrant 47 1.05% 6,271
Phenix City 48 1.05% 36,990
Mountain Brook 49 1.03% 20,532
Cullman 50 1.03% 15,156
Alabaster 51 0.91% 32,269
Scottsboro 52 0.9% 14,748
Birmingham 53 0.89% 212,424
Russellville 54 0.87% 9,804
Lincoln 55 0.86% 6,429
Eufaula 56 0.83% 12,688
Gadsden 57 0.7% 36,235
Athens 58 0.7% 24,461
Selma 59 0.66% 19,650
Millbrook 60 0.64% 15,045
Sheffield 61 0.64% 9,067
Decatur 62 0.63% 55,419
Midfield 63 0.61% 5,260
Florence 64 0.58% 39,938
Demopolis 65 0.57% 7,167
Jasper 66 0.54% 14,137
Fort Payne 67 0.52% 14,101
Wetumpka 68 0.5% 7,654
Tuskegee 69 0.49% 9,050
Foley 70 0.44% 16,741
Boaz 71 0.44% 9,639
Childersburg 72 0.43% 5,062
Satsuma 73 0.42% 6,159
Pleasant Grove 74 0.42% 10,284
Calera 75 0.37% 12,839
Ozark 76 0.36% 14,721
Muscle Shoals 77 0.35% 13,585
Bay Minette 78 0.32% 9,019
Atmore 79 0.32% 10,067
Pinson 80 0.3% 7,451
Prichard 81 0.29% 22,340
Montevallo 82 0.26% 6,633
Opp 83 0.24% 6,635
Tuscumbia 84 0.2% 8,506
Hueytown 85 0.15% 15,797
Glencoe 86 0.12% 5,122
Brewton 87 0.11% 5,435
Oneonta 88 0.09% 6,645
Center Point 89 0.09% 16,711
Fairfield 90 0.06% 10,937
Lanett 91 0.06% 6,454
Bessemer 92 0.06% 26,856
Albertville 93 0.05% 21,434
Roanoke 94 0.0% 5,987
Attalla 95 0.0% 5,934
Orange Beach 96 0.0% 5,791
Hamilton 97 0.0% 6,784
Sylacauga 98 0.0% 12,696
Monroeville 99 0.0% 6,203
Leeds 100 0.0% 11,701

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