Arizona Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 222,477 - at 3.2% 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?

Here are the cities in arizona with the largest Asian population in 2020:

  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. Scottsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Goodyear (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Glendale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Marana (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Maricopa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Peoria (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 2020. 10.26% 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Arizona For 2020

Chandler, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 248,631
% Asian: 10.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 25,504
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.85%
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: 183,652
% Asian: 8.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 16,128
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.44%
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
/10

Population: 237,484
% Asian: 5.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,923
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.73%
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

10
/10

Population: 14,215
% Asian: 5.49%
# Of Asian Residents: 781
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.24%
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

Scottsdale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 246,026
% Asian: 4.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,851
Percent Change Since 2010: 63.19%
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."

Goodyear, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 77,476
% Asian: 4.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,657
Percent Change Since 2010: 153.25%
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.

Glendale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 245,514
% Asian: 4.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,341
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.97%
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: 43,606
% Asian: 4.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,927
Percent Change Since 2010: 73.45%
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.

Maricopa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 47,314
% Asian: 4.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,981
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.3%
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.

Peoria, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 164,572
% Asian: 4.11%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,771
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.95%
More on Peoria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Peoria is a city in Maricopa and Yavapai counties in the State of Arizona. Most of the city is located in Maricopa County, while a tiny portion in the north is in Yavapai County. It is a major suburb of Phoenix. According to 2010 Census Bureau releases, the population of the city is 154,065. Peoria is currently the sixth largest city in Arizona for land area, and the ninth largest for population. It was named after Peoria, Illinois. The word "peoria" is a corruption of the Illini word for "prairie fire." It is the spring training home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners who share the Peoria Sports Complex. In July 2008, Money magazine listed Peoria in its Top 100 Places to Live.

How We Determined The Cities In arizona With The Largest Asian Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 10.3% 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 San Luis was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. San Luis
  2. Page
  3. Snowflake

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Arizona

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Chandler 10.26% 248,631
2 Tempe 8.78% 183,652
3 Gilbert 5.86% 237,484
4 Paradise Valley 5.49% 14,215
5 Scottsdale 4.82% 246,026
6 Goodyear 4.72% 77,476
7 Glendale 4.62% 245,514
8 Marana 4.42% 43,606
9 Maricopa 4.19% 47,314
10 Peoria 4.11% 164,572
11 Sierra Vista 4.03% 43,550
12 Avondale 3.62% 83,392
13 Phoenix 3.59% 1,610,071
14 Globe 3.35% 7,346
15 Litchfield Park 3.27% 5,899
16 Oro Valley 3.19% 43,815
17 Tucson 3.1% 539,216
18 Flagstaff 3.1% 71,202
19 Holbrook 2.78% 5,037
20 Surprise 2.63% 132,904
21 Fountain Hills 2.58% 24,490
22 Eloy 2.46% 18,083
23 Queen Creek 2.19% 36,053
24 Sedona 2.03% 10,315
25 Mesa 1.99% 491,194
26 El Mirage 1.87% 35,004
27 Chino Valley 1.84% 11,376
28 Sahuarita 1.72% 28,949
29 Lake Havasu City 1.67% 53,952
30 Casa Grande 1.66% 54,316
31 Yuma 1.64% 95,573
32 Bullhead City 1.48% 40,024
33 Nogales 1.4% 20,288
34 Prescott Valley 1.38% 43,198
35 Prescott 1.3% 42,068
36 Kingman 1.14% 29,244
37 Payson 1.0% 15,439
38 Apache Junction 0.94% 39,674
39 Douglas 0.94% 16,453
40 Youn 0.9% 6,747
41 Show Low 0.84% 11,014
42 Florence 0.44% 26,350
43 Safford 0.28% 9,735
44 Wickenburg 0.16% 7,021
45 Winslow 0.14% 9,505
46 Cottonwood 0.14% 11,826
47 Camp Verde 0.13% 11,169
48 South Tucson 0.09% 5,666
49 Somerton 0.0% 15,932
50 Guadalupe 0.0% 6,405
51 Coolidge 0.0% 12,503
52 Tolleson 0.0% 7,184
53 Bisbee 0.0% 5,231
54 Snowflake 0.0% 5,724
55 Page 0.0% 7,547
56 San Luis 0.0% 32,279

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