10 Cities In Arizona With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine 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 199,520 – 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 2018:

  1. Chandler (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Tempe (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Gilbert (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Paradise Valley (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Marana (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Goodyear (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Scottsdale (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Maricopa (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Glendale (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Peoria (Photos | Jobs)

Which city in Arizona had the largest Asian population?

Chandler took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Arizona for 2018. 9.24% 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 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 Arizona.

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 56 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 9.2% 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 Winslow 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.

1. Chandler

Chandler, Arizona

Population: 242,131
% Asian: 9.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 22,375
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.96%
More on Chandler: Write A Review | Data | JobsChandler 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.

2. Tempe

Tempe, Arizona

Population: 174,708
% Asian: 7.55%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,196
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.45%
More on Tempe: Write A Review | Data | JobsTempe, 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.

3. Gilbert

Gilbert, Arizona

Population: 226,832
% Asian: 6.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,844
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.99%
More on Gilbert: Write A Review | Data | JobsGilbert 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.

4. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Population: 13,833
% Asian: 5.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 737
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.82%
More on Paradise Valley: Write A Review | Data | JobsParadise 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

5. Marana

Marana, Arizona

Population: 40,221
% Asian: 4.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,799
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.93%
More on Marana: Write A Review | Data | JobsMarana 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.

6. Goodyear

Goodyear, Arizona

Population: 72,629
% Asian: 4.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,210
Percent Change Since 2010: 122.3%
More on Goodyear: Write A Review | Data | JobsGoodyear 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.

7. Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

Population: 234,495
% Asian: 4.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,430
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.85%
More on Scottsdale: Write A Review | Data | JobsScottsdale 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.”

8. Maricopa

Maricopa, Arizona

Population: 45,473
% Asian: 3.97%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,805
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.95%
More on Maricopa: Write A Review | Data | JobsMaricopa 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.

9. Glendale

Glendale, Arizona

Population: 239,943
% Asian: 3.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,507
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.82%
More on Glendale: Write A Review | Data | JobsGlendale 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.

10. Peoria

Peoria, Arizona

Population: 158,677
% Asian: 3.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,275
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.13%
More on Peoria: Write A Review | Data | JobsPeoria 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.

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. Winslow
  2. Camp Verde
  3. Tolleson

For more Arizona reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Arizona

City Rank % Asian Population
Chandler 1 9.24% 242,131
Tempe 2 7.55% 174,708
Gilbert 3 6.1% 226,832
Paradise Valley 4 5.33% 13,833
Marana 5 4.47% 40,221
Goodyear 6 4.42% 72,629
Scottsdale 7 4.02% 234,495
Maricopa 8 3.97% 45,473
Glendale 9 3.96% 239,943
Peoria 10 3.95% 158,677
Sierra Vista 11 3.59% 44,381
Avondale 12 3.49% 80,631
Phoenix 13 3.42% 1,555,324
Oro Valley 14 3.07% 42,379
Sedona 15 3.05% 10,209
Holbrook 16 2.87% 5,011
Tucson 17 2.85% 527,586
Flagstaff 18 2.69% 69,270
Litchfield Park 19 2.53% 5,449
Eloy 20 2.5% 17,128
Queen Creek 21 2.38% 30,849
Fountain Hills 22 2.2% 23,863
Surprise 23 2.13% 127,492
Bullhead City 24 2.07% 39,653
Mesa 25 1.9% 470,456
Casa Grande 26 1.85% 51,571
Sahuarita 27 1.72% 27,780
Yuma 28 1.66% 93,704
Douglas 29 1.48% 16,764
Globe 30 1.34% 7,369
Kingman 31 1.31% 28,586
Youn 32 1.25% 6,563
Prescott Valley 33 1.24% 41,070
Apache Junction 34 1.19% 37,775
Lake Havasu City 35 1.17% 53,058
Nogales 36 1.13% 20,355
Prescott 37 1.06% 41,090
El Mirage 38 1.04% 33,937
Safford 39 0.89% 9,616
Show Low 40 0.72% 10,875
Chino Valley 41 0.54% 11,015
Florence 42 0.53% 26,221
Payson 43 0.48% 15,297
Bisbee 44 0.43% 5,330
Coolidge 45 0.34% 12,073
South Tucson 46 0.23% 5,627
Cottonwood 47 0.22% 11,598
Wickenburg 48 0.15% 6,766
Snowflake 49 0.09% 5,643
Somerton 50 0.04% 14,866
San Luis 51 0.02% 31,118
Guadalupe 52 0.0% 6,172
Page 53 0.0% 7,532
Tolleson 54 0.0% 6,985
Camp Verde 55 0.0% 11,096
Winslow 56 0.0% 9,539

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