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

Auburn, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 60,318
% Asian: 7.05%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,252
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.77%
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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: 46,396
% Asian: 5.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,583
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.31%
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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: 84,100
% Asian: 5.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,240
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.48%
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: 34,243
% Asian: 4.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,526
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.15%
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.

Gulf Shores, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,252
% Asian: 4.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 459
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Gulf Shores: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Troy, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,944
% Asian: 3.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 676
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.77%
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.

Daleville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,160
% Asian: 3.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 157
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.77%
More on Daleville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Daleville 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.

Valley, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 9,439
% Asian: 2.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 256
Percent Change Since 2010: 118.8%
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Greenville, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,896
% Asian: 2.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 203
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.97%
More on Greenville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenville 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.

Tuscaloosa, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 96,352
% Asian: 2.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,414
Percent Change Since 2010: 107.39%
More on Tuscaloosa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tuscaloosa 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

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

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