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:
- Auburn (Photos | Jobs)
- Madison (Photos | Jobs)
- Hoover (Photos | Jobs)
- Vestavia Hills (Photos | Jobs)
- Gulf Shores (Photos | Jobs)
- Troy (Photos | Jobs)
- Daleville (Photos | Jobs)
- Valley (Photos | Jobs)
- Greenville (Photos | Jobs)
- 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.
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*
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Smiths Station
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