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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas is 41,896 – at 1.4% of the total population of Arkansas.

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

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

  1. Bentonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Fort Smith (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Van Buren (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Centerton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Fayetteville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. White Hall (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Siloam Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Little Rock (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lowell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Rogers (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Arkansas had the largest Asian population?

Bentonville took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Arkansas for 2019. 10.95% of Bentonville identify as Asian.

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

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

How We Determined The Cities In Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

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 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 10.9% 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. Bentonville took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Wynne was the least Asian city.

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

Bentonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 44,601
% Asian: 10.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,882
Percent Change Since 2010: 182.69%
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Bentonville is the ninth-largest city in Arkansas and the county seat of Benton County. The city is centrally located in the county with Rogers adjacent to the east. The city is the headquarters of Walmart, which is the world’s largest retailer. Originally named Osage after the Osage Indians who hunted in the area when white settlers first moved to the area in 1837, the community was renamed to Bentonville in 1906 in honor of New York inventor Linn Boyd Benton, after being first incorporated on April 3, 1873. It is one of the four main cities in the four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city itself had a population of 35,301 at the 2010 Census, with an estimated population of 47,093 in 2016.

Fort Smith, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 87,537
% Asian: 5.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,189
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.55%
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Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 86,209. With an estimated population of 87,443 In 2012, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents that encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma counties of Le Flore and Sequoyah.

Van Buren, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 23,135
% Asian: 4.35%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,007
Percent Change Since 2010: 68.68%
More on Van Buren: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Van Buren is the second largest city in the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area and the county seat of Crawford County, Arkansas, United States. The city is located directly northeast of Fort Smith at the Interstate 40-Interstate 540 junction. The city was incorporated in 1845 and as of the 2010 census had a population of 22,791, ranking it as the state’s 22nd largest city, behind Searcy.

Centerton, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,178
% Asian: 3.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 479
Percent Change Since 2010: -6.99%
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Centerton is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 9,515 at the 2010 census. Centerton is part of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Fayetteville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 81,889
% Asian: 3.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,667
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.56%
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Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and county seat of Washington County. The city is centrally located within the county and has been home of the University of Arkansas since the institution’s founding in 1871. Fayetteville is on the outskirts of the Boston Mountains, deep within the Ozarks. Known as Washington until 1829, the city was named after Fayetteville, Tennessee, from which many of the settlers had come. It was incorporated on November 3, 1836 and was rechartered in 1867. The four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 105th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau. The city had a population of 73,580 at the 2010 Census. At 1,400 feet of elevation, it is also one of the highest major US cities between the western Great Plains and the Appalachian Mountains.

White Hall, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,213
% Asian: 3.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 168
Percent Change Since 2010: -37.55%
More on White Hall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

White Hall is a city in Washington Township, Jefferson County, Arkansas, with a population of 5,526 in the 2010 census. It is included in the Pine Bluff Metropolitan Statistical Area and the greater Little Rock-North Little Rock-Pine Bluff Combined Statistical Area. The city is home to the Pine Bluff Arsenal.

Siloam Springs, AR

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,311
% Asian: 3.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 501
Percent Change Since 2010: 695.24%
More on Siloam Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Siloam Springs is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The city shares a border on the Arkansas-Oklahoma state line with the city of West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma, which is within the Cherokee Nation territory. The town was founded in 1882 and was characterized by the purported healing powers of the spring water feeding Sager Creek and trading with nearby Native American tribes. John Brown University was founded in 1919 as a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts college in the city. Today, Siloam Springs is known for its efforts to preserve and revitalize the city’s historic downtown and as a promoter of the arts via Sager Creek Arts Center and the JBU art gallery. The community is located on the western edge of the growing Northwest Arkansas metropolitan area and has had a population increase of 47% to 15,039 between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.

Little Rock, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 197,780
% Asian: 3.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,016
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.23%
More on Little Rock: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is also the county seat of Pulaski County. It was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state’s geographic center. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named “la petite roche” by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bnard de la Harpe in the 1720s. The capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The city’s population was 193,524 at the 2010 census. The six county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 75th in terms of population in the United States with 724,385 residents according to the 2013 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.

Lowell, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,622
% Asian: 2.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 234
Percent Change Since 2010: 875.0%
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Lowell is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, in the United States. Located within the Ozarks, first settlement was along Old Wire Road in the 1840s, and although destroyed during the Civil War, the community was reestablished by J. H. McClure and thrived when the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway came through the area in the 1880s. Today, the city is a growing bedroom community within the rapidly growing Northwest Arkansas region. Lowell is also home to the headquarters of trucking company J.B. Hunt.

Rogers, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 63,411
% Asian: 2.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,621
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.51%
More on Rogers: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rogers is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city has a population of 55,964 making it the state’s-eighth largest city. Rogers is located in the northwest portion of the state in the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Area, which is one of the fastest growing areas in the nation and is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 465,776 in 2010 according to the United States Census Bureau.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Arkansas

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

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

  1. Wynne
  2. Beebe
  3. Warren

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Arkansas

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Bentonville 10.95% 44,601
2 Fort Smith 5.93% 87,537
3 Van Buren 4.35% 23,135
4 Centerton 3.93% 12,178
5 Fayetteville 3.26% 81,889
6 White Hall 3.22% 5,213
7 Siloam Springs 3.07% 16,311
8 Little Rock 3.04% 197,780
9 Lowell 2.71% 8,622
10 Rogers 2.56% 63,411
11 Maumelle 2.42% 17,967
12 Springdale 2.31% 77,252
13 Magnolia 2.26% 11,570
14 Conway 2.13% 64,481
15 Heber Springs 2.03% 7,079
16 Clarksville 1.81% 9,448
17 Russellville 1.76% 29,147
18 Jacksonville 1.68% 28,637
19 Bryant 1.66% 19,607
20 Sherwood 1.61% 30,590
21 Batesville 1.58% 10,568
22 Jonesboro 1.55% 73,581
23 Cabot 1.45% 25,732
24 Marion 1.4% 12,467
25 Greenwood 1.32% 9,311
26 Berryville 1.3% 5,389
27 Blytheville 1.26% 14,588
28 Searcy 1.25% 23,819
29 Benton 1.24% 34,034
30 Mena 1.21% 5,612
31 De Queen 0.86% 6,623
32 Alma 0.85% 5,616
33 Arkadelphia 0.83% 10,664
34 North Little Rock 0.79% 66,144
35 Hot Springs 0.75% 36,780
36 Forrest City 0.7% 14,691
37 Pine Bluff 0.67% 44,509
38 El Dorado 0.64% 18,201
39 West Memphis 0.56% 25,152
40 Paragould 0.41% 27,815
41 Osceola 0.41% 7,160
42 Malvern 0.39% 10,830
43 Texarkana 0.27% 30,120
44 Morrilton 0.17% 6,663
45 Harrison 0.15% 13,058
46 Mountain Home 0.13% 12,253
47 Camden 0.12% 11,289
48 Newport 0.1% 7,770
49 Hope 0.09% 9,923
50 Helena-West Helena 0.09% 11,210
51 Monticello 0.03% 9,660
52 Stuttgart 0.02% 8,979
53 Crossett 0.0% 5,142
54 Farmington 0.0% 6,598
55 Trumann 0.0% 7,103
56 Pocahontas 0.0% 6,459
57 Warren 0.0% 5,715
58 Beebe 0.0% 7,992
59 Wynne 0.0% 8,095

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