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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Arizona 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 Arizona 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 Arizona is 207,330 – at 3.0% of the total population of Arizona.

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 Arizona? Which cities and towns in Arizona have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

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

  1. Chandler (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Tempe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Gilbert (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Paradise Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Goodyear (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Maricopa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Glendale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Marana (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Scottsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Sierra Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Arizona had the largest Asian population?

Chandler took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Arizona for 2019. 9.56% of Chandler identify as Asian.

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

To see where Arizona 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 Arizona or the most diverse places in Arizona.

How We Determined The Cities In Arizona 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 Arizona.

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 56 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 9.6% 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. Chandler took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Snowflake was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Arizona 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.

Chandler, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 245,160
% Asian: 9.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,432
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.0%
More on Chandler: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chandler is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, and a prominent suburb of the Phoenix, Arizona, Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is bordered to the north and west by Tempe, to the north by Mesa, to the west by Phoenix, to the south by the Gila River Indian Community, and to the east by Gilbert. As of July 2015, the population was 260,828 according to the United States Census Bureau, According to the city’s official website, Chandler’s Transportation & Development Department estimated the population, as of May 2016, to be 247,328. It also has satellite locations for many technology companies, including Intel and Orbital ATK.

Tempe, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 178,339
% Asian: 7.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,021
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.05%
More on Tempe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tempe, also known as Hayden’s Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2010 population of 161,719. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.

Gilbert, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 232,176
% Asian: 5.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,820
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.77%
More on Gilbert: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gilbert is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located southeast of Phoenix, within the Phoenix metropolitan area. Once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World”, Gilbert is currently the most populous incorporated town in the United States. It is the sixth-largest municipality in Arizona, and the fifth-largest in the Metropolitan Phoenix Area.

Paradise Valley, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 13,961
% Asian: 5.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 735
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.39%
More on Paradise Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona. The town is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene.

It should not be confused with Paradise Valley Village, an official municipal designation, in northeast Phoenix. For instance, Paradise Valley Community College, Paradise Valley High School, Paradise Valley Hospital, Paradise Valley Mall, and Paradise Valley Golf Course are all located several miles to the north of the town, in Phoenix. T

Goodyear, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 74,953
% Asian: 4.74%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,553
Percent Change Since 2010: 146.05%
More on Goodyear: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Goodyear is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is a suburb of Phoenix and is in the Phoenix metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 65,275. Goodyear was the third fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size between 1990 and 2000. The July 1, 2015, MAG population estimate was 79,003.

Maricopa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 46,248
% Asian: 4.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,008
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.35%
More on Maricopa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maricopa is a city in the Gila River Valley in the State of Arizona. With an estimated 48,602 residents as of 2015, Maricopa is the second most populous incorporated city in Pinal County and eighteenth most populous in Arizona. Maricopa forms part of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Glendale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 241,543
% Asian: 4.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,285
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.21%
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located about nine miles northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 226,721.

Marana, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 41,720
% Asian: 4.16%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,736
Percent Change Since 2010: 56.26%
More on Marana: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marana is a town in Pima County, Arizona, located northwest of Tucson, with a small portion in Pinal County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 34,961. Marana was the fourth fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size from 1990 to 2000.

Scottsdale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 239,283
% Asian: 4.16%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,950
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.01%
More on Scottsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Named Scottsdale in 1894 after founder Winfield Scott and incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2,000, the 2015 population of the city is estimated to be 236,839 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach” and as having “plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene.” Its slogan is “The West’s Most Western Town.”

Sierra Vista, AZ

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 43,585
% Asian: 3.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,733
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.04%
More on Sierra Vista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sierra Vista is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census the population of the city was 43,888. The city is part of the Sierra Vista-Douglas Metropolitan Area, with a 2010 population of 131,346. Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army post, is located in the northwest part of the city.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Arizona

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

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

  1. Snowflake
  2. Guadalupe
  3. Tolleson

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Arizona

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Chandler 9.56% 245,160
2 Tempe 7.86% 178,339
3 Gilbert 5.95% 232,176
4 Paradise Valley 5.26% 13,961
5 Goodyear 4.74% 74,953
6 Maricopa 4.34% 46,248
7 Glendale 4.26% 241,543
8 Marana 4.16% 41,720
9 Scottsdale 4.16% 239,283
10 Sierra Vista 3.98% 43,585
11 Peoria 3.78% 161,383
12 Phoenix 3.52% 1,574,421
13 Avondale 3.46% 81,590
14 Litchfield Park 3.15% 5,686
15 Oro Valley 3.0% 42,889
16 Tucson 3.0% 530,905
17 Flagstaff 2.65% 69,903
18 Globe 2.48% 7,341
19 Fountain Hills 2.35% 24,047
20 Queen Creek 2.35% 33,298
21 Sedona 2.33% 10,246
22 Surprise 2.31% 129,534
23 Eloy 2.26% 17,537
24 Holbrook 1.96% 5,005
25 Mesa 1.95% 479,317
26 Bullhead City 1.89% 39,824
27 Chino Valley 1.78% 11,155
28 Sahuarita 1.76% 28,257
29 Yuma 1.65% 93,851
30 El Mirage 1.48% 34,400
31 Casa Grande 1.46% 52,501
32 Kingman 1.28% 28,855
33 Prescott Valley 1.26% 41,995
34 Prescott 1.23% 41,468
35 Nogales 1.16% 20,233
36 Apache Junction 1.15% 38,452
37 Lake Havasu City 1.07% 53,463
38 Douglas 0.97% 16,576
39 Safford 0.93% 9,662
40 Show Low 0.84% 10,860
41 Youn 0.66% 6,625
42 Payson 0.61% 15,338
43 Bisbee 0.48% 5,261
44 Florence 0.44% 26,066
45 South Tucson 0.41% 5,624
46 Cottonwood 0.18% 11,634
47 Wickenburg 0.17% 6,906
48 Winslow 0.12% 9,517
49 Camp Verde 0.09% 11,091
50 San Luis 0.0% 31,509
51 Page 0.0% 7,515
52 Somerton 0.0% 15,508
53 Coolidge 0.0% 12,221
54 Tolleson 0.0% 7,052
55 Guadalupe 0.0% 6,270
56 Snowflake 0.0% 5,668

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