These Are The 10 Most Asian Cities In America For 2019


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

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

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San Francisco.

Los Angeles.

These are just two of the cities I think about when I consider large cities with bustling Asian populations.

Not to mention some of the best Thai and Japanese food we’ve had in our life.

But what city in America has the largest percent of Asian Americans? Well, that’s the question we will answer for you today.

It turns out my intuition was correct as San Francisco makes an appearance in the top ten. And a majority of the top ten are in California.

But the number one spot was a surprise to us.

So, what’s the big city in America with largest percentage of Asians according to the data? Per the most recent ACS data, the city in America with the largest Asian population is Fremont, CA.

There has been a slow and steady increase in the Asian population across America over the past several decades.

Starting on the coasts and moving inland, Asian Americans have found homes in every city and town in America. Now, according to the most recent Census data, 5.3% of people living in the US are Asian, which is up from 2010.

Read on for a detailed methodology and a deeper dive into the top ten.

Or if you’re ready to move on to another ranking of American cities and states, check out:

How We Determined The Most Asian Large Cities in The US

When we analyze what it’s like to live in a certain place, we simply look at statistics. In particular, we can look to the recently released 2013-2017 American Community Survey for a detailed breakdown of race by city.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002 which has the breakdown of people by Hispanic/latino and race.

Limiting our analysis to only cities greater than 100,000 people, we looked at the percentage of the population of each city that identified as non-Hispanic/latino, Asian.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 272 in terms of that percentage with the city having the highest overall percentage being named the “City In America with the Largest Asian American population” — Fremont, CA.

The “least Asian American” city according to the data? That would be Hialeah, FL< which is only 0.3% Asian American as of the latest data. Here's a look at the top ten.

The 10 Cities In America With The Largest Asian Population For 2019

Fremont, CA

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Population: 230,964
Percent Asian American: 57.3%
Percent Asian American 2010: 49.0%
Percent Change: 28.9%
More on Fremont: PhotosData

Fremont ranks as the city with the largest percentage of its population that is Asian according to the most recent Census data.

With over 57% of the population being of Asian descent, Fremont was a solid four percentage points ahead of the closest city in Honolulu. Futhermore, it’s become more Asian over the past several years — 24% more in fact.

Fremont is located outside of San Jose and San Francisco, across the Bay.

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Population: 350,788
Percent Asian American: 53.0%
Percent Asian American 2010: 56.1%
Percent Change: 0.3%
More on Urban Honolulu: Data

The second most Asian city in America is Honolulu — the only other big city in the US that has greater than 50% Asian population.

Honolulu is incredibly diverse overall as a large percentage of its residents also identify as Hawaiian, which makes sense. It also makes sense that it would have such a large portion of its residents be Asian since it’s so close to Asia.

Sunnyvale, CA

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Population: 151,565
Percent Asian American: 44.7%
Percent Asian American 2010: 39.8%
Percent Change: 24.7%
More on Sunnyvale: PhotosData

Another Nor Cal city in the Silicon Valley area, Sunnyvale ranks as the third most Asian city in America.

The city has become 25% more Asian this decade and now a solid 44% of the residents are Asian.

Irvine, CA

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9.5
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Population: 256,877
Percent Asian American: 41.6%
Percent Asian American 2010: 37.8%
Percent Change: 41.8%
More on Irvine: PhotosData

The first city from So Cal, Irvine ranks as the city with the fourth highest Asian population.

Over 40% of the population is Asian in this Los Angeles suburb. Filipino and Korean communities in particular have been growing in recent years.

Santa Clara, CA

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Population: 124,635
Percent Asian American: 41.5%
Percent Asian American 2010: 37.3%
Percent Change: 23.5%
More on Santa Clara: PhotosData

Jumping back up to Nor Cal, we arrive in Santa Clara. In keep with the trend of these cities, it’s about 41% Asian and becoming more so every year.

Santa Clara is located south of San Jose on the California coast.

Garden Grove, CA

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Population: 174,812
Percent Asian American: 39.7%
Percent Asian American 2010: 35.7%
Percent Change: 15.1%
More on Garden Grove: PhotosData

Hopping on the 5 back down to So Cal, we’ll stop at Garden Grove.

The city is the first under 40% Asian on the list. It too has become more Asian this decade, just a bit slower than the cities ahead of it.

Torrance, CA

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Population: 147,190
Percent Asian American: 35.0%
Percent Asian American 2010: 34.6%
Percent Change: 3.3%
More on Torrance: PhotosData

Right outside of Garden Grove is Torrance, the seventh most Asian city in America.

Much like every other city here, Torrance is a great place to live that has become progressively more Asian over the years.

San Jose, CA

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Population: 1,023,031
Percent Asian American: 34.5%
Percent Asian American 2010: 31.6%
Percent Change: 20.8%
More on San Jose: PhotosData

Next on the list we drive back up to Nor Cal for the next two cities on the list that just so happen to be some of the biggest in California.

First, we’ll stop in San Jose. The city is over 34% Asian and increasing.

San Francisco, CA

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8.5
/10

Population: 864,263
Percent Asian American: 33.9%
Percent Asian American 2010: 33.4%
Percent Change: 11.2%
More on San Francisco: PhotosData

Ahh San Francisco, we figured you’d be here.

Turns out San Francisco is pretty Asian, but not the most Asian according to the data. About a third of the city is Asian per the most recent data.

Bellevue, WA

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Population: 139,014
Percent Asian American: 33.8%
Percent Asian American 2010: 25.8%
Percent Change: 52.3%
More on Bellevue: PhotosData

Rounding out the top 10 most Asian cities in the US is Bellevue, WA.

Yet another West Coast city, it’s nice not to be in California any more. Further up the coast, this major Washington city has just over 33% Asian residents.

There You Have It — The Most Asian Cities in America For 2019

There you have it, the cities in America with the largest Asian population for 2019 with Fremont taking the top spot.

We expect the Asian population in America to keep increasing in the coming years. So it won’t be a surprise to you or us if these percentages get bigger next year.

And for now, we’re off to get some Chinese food for dinner. Yum.

Here’s a look at the poorest cities in America:

  1. Hialeah
  2. Jackson
  3. Laredo

For more reading, check out:

Most Asian Cities In America For 2019

Rank City Population Percent Asian
1 Fremont, CA 230,964 57.3%
2 Urban Honolulu, HI 350,788 53.0%
3 Sunnyvale, CA 151,565 44.7%
4 Irvine, CA 256,877 41.6%
5 Santa Clara, CA 124,635 41.5%
6 Garden Grove, CA 174,812 39.7%
7 Torrance, CA 147,190 35.0%
8 San Jose, CA 1,023,031 34.5%
9 San Francisco, CA 864,263 33.9%
10 Bellevue, WA 139,014 33.8%
11 El Monte, CA 115,958 29.0%
12 West Covina, CA 107,786 28.4%
13 Elk Grove, CA 166,228 28.1%
14 Hayward, CA 156,917 25.8%
15 Jersey City, NJ 265,932 25.3%
16 Fullerton, CA 139,976 24.4%
17 Vallejo, CA 120,599 23.1%
18 Stockton, CA 304,358 21.2%
19 Lowell, MA 110,964 20.9%
20 Berkeley, CA 120,179 19.6%
21 Plano, TX 281,566 19.3%
22 Spring Valley, NV 195,646 18.9%
23 Sacramento, CA 489,650 18.4%
24 St. Paul, MN 300,820 17.9%
25 Naperville, IL 146,431 17.9%
26 Irving, TX 235,648 17.9%
27 Fairfield, CA 112,790 16.9%
28 Cary, NC 159,715 16.8%
29 Frisco, TX 155,363 16.7%
30 San Diego, CA 1,390,966 16.5%
31 Anaheim, CA 349,007 16.3%
32 Pasadena, CA 141,231 16.0%
33 Ann Arbor, MI 119,303 15.9%
34 Oakland, CA 417,442 15.8%
35 Glendale, CA 199,750 15.7%
36 Cambridge, MA 110,893 15.7%
37 Chula Vista, CA 264,101 14.7%
38 Richmond, CA 108,853 14.7%
39 Carrollton, TX 131,240 14.5%
40 Seattle, WA 688,245 14.4%
41 New York, NY 8,560,072 13.9%
42 Norwalk, CA 106,404 13.3%
43 Fresno, CA 519,037 13.3%
44 Long Beach, CA 470,489 13.0%
45 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 174,573 12.8%
46 Huntington Beach, CA 200,415 11.7%
47 Orange, CA 140,289 11.5%
48 Los Angeles, CA 3,949,776 11.5%
49 Burbank, CA 104,765 11.5%
50 Corona, CA 163,585 11.4%
51 Santa Ana, CA 334,493 11.4%
52 Concord, CA 128,160 11.1%
53 Garland, TX 235,965 10.8%
54 Santa Clarita, CA 209,489 10.8%
55 Paradise, NV 231,858 10.5%
56 Arlington, VA 229,534 10.2%
57 Roseville, CA 130,705 9.7%
58 Simi Valley, CA 126,546 9.6%
59 Chandler, AZ 245,160 9.6%
60 Pomona, CA 152,366 9.5%
61 Boston, MA 669,158 9.4%
62 Thousand Oaks, CA 128,909 9.4%
63 Anchorage, AK 298,225 9.2%
64 Madison, WI 248,856 8.7%
65 Tacoma, WA 207,280 8.7%
66 Everett, WA 107,560 8.7%
67 Costa Mesa, CA 112,930 8.6%
68 Stamford, CT 128,851 8.4%
69 High Point, NC 109,849 8.1%
70 Aurora, IL 200,946 8.0%
71 Henderson, NV 284,817 8.0%
72 Tempe, AZ 178,339 7.9%
73 Portland, OR 630,331 7.7%
74 Warren, MI 135,147 7.7%
75 Modesto, CA 210,166 7.5%
76 Overland Park, KS 186,147 7.4%
77 Rochester, MN 112,683 7.3%
78 Worcester, MA 184,743 7.3%
79 Oceanside, CA 174,811 7.2%
80 Bakersfield, CA 372,680 7.2%
81 Downey, CA 113,358 7.1%
82 Yonkers, NY 200,999 7.1%
83 Sterling Heights, MI 131,996 7.1%
84 Oxnard, CA 206,732 7.1%
85 Riverside, CA 321,570 7.1%
86 Philadelphia, PA 1,569,657 7.0%
87 Syracuse, NY 144,405 7.0%
88 Austin, TX 916,906 6.9%
89 Grand Prairie, TX 188,664 6.9%
90 Gainesville, FL 129,394 6.9%
91 Arlington, TX 388,225 6.8%
92 Escondido, CA 150,783 6.8%
93 Houston, TX 2,267,336 6.6%
94 Las Vegas, NV 621,662 6.5%
95 Virginia Beach, VA 450,057 6.5%
96 Reno, NV 239,732 6.3%
97 North Las Vegas, NV 234,389 6.2%
98 Charlotte, NC 826,060 6.2%
99 Providence, RI 179,509 6.2%
100 Chicago, IL 2,722,586 6.2%

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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