Arkansas Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 43,441 - at 1.5% 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?

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

  1. Bentonville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Fort Smith (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Centerton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Van Buren (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. White Hall (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Clarksville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lowell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Fayetteville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Berryville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Little Rock (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 2020. 11.58% 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Arkansas For 2020

Bentonville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 46,857
% Asian: 11.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,424
Percent Change Since 2010: 214.07%
More on Bentonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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: 87,639
% Asian: 5.9%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,175
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.21%
More on Fort Smith: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Centerton, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 13,252
% Asian: 4.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 616
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.61%
More on Centerton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Van Buren, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 23,296
% Asian: 4.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,048
Percent Change Since 2010: 75.54%
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.

White Hall, AR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,158
% Asian: 4.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 232
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.75%
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.

Clarksville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,512
% Asian: 3.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 377
Percent Change Since 2010: 2413.33%
More on Clarksville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lowell, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,926
% Asian: 3.48%
# Of Asian Residents: 311
Percent Change Since 2010: 1195.83%
More on Lowell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Fayetteville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 83,736
% Asian: 3.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,709
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.68%
More on Fayetteville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Berryville, AR

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,421
% Asian: 3.12%
# Of Asian Residents: 169
Percent Change Since 2010: 156.06%
More on Berryville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Berryville is a city in Carroll County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 5,356 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city in Carroll County. Along with Eureka Springs, it is one of the two county seats of Carroll County.

Little Rock, AR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 198,135
% Asian: 3.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,054
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.02%
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.

How We Determined The Cities In arkansas 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 arkansas.

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 60 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 11.6% 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. Bentonville took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Wynne was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Cherokee Village

For more Arkansas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Arkansas

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Bentonville 11.58% 46,857
2 Fort Smith 5.9% 87,639
3 Centerton 4.65% 13,252
4 Van Buren 4.5% 23,296
5 White Hall 4.5% 5,158
6 Clarksville 3.96% 9,512
7 Lowell 3.48% 8,926
8 Fayetteville 3.24% 83,736
9 Berryville 3.12% 5,421
10 Little Rock 3.06% 198,135
11 Springdale 2.44% 78,690
12 Mena 2.38% 5,597
13 Magnolia 2.29% 11,573
14 Rogers 2.29% 64,947
15 Conway 2.2% 65,069
16 Siloam Springs 2.17% 16,567
17 Maumelle 2.01% 18,053
18 Sherwood 1.98% 30,812
19 Russellville 1.79% 29,244
20 Benton 1.74% 34,873
21 Jonesboro 1.71% 74,710
22 Jacksonville 1.49% 28,588
23 Cabot 1.46% 26,176
24 Bryant 1.43% 19,944
25 Searcy 1.41% 23,853
26 Greenwood 1.27% 9,357
27 Blytheville 1.2% 14,298
28 Marion 1.0% 12,447
29 Batesville 0.88% 10,642
30 Arkadelphia 0.86% 10,611
31 Heber Springs 0.85% 7,047
32 Hot Springs 0.84% 36,969
33 North Little Rock 0.82% 66,282
34 Forrest City 0.82% 14,475
35 Pine Bluff 0.8% 43,840
36 De Queen 0.8% 6,612
37 Malvern 0.75% 10,853
38 El Dorado 0.73% 18,129
39 West Memphis 0.48% 25,009
40 Harrison 0.45% 13,069
41 Paragould 0.42% 28,296
42 Osceola 0.37% 7,049
43 Texarkana 0.21% 30,104
44 Mountain Home 0.12% 12,303
45 Morrilton 0.12% 6,640
46 Helena-West Helena 0.1% 10,965
47 Newport 0.09% 7,695
48 Camden 0.06% 11,152
49 Hope 0.05% 9,847
50 Monticello 0.04% 9,580
51 Trumann 0.0% 7,089
52 Warren 0.0% 5,704
53 Alma 0.0% 5,688
54 Stuttgart 0.0% 8,866
55 Pocahontas 0.0% 6,506
56 Farmington 0.0% 6,810
57 Crossett 0.0% 5,075
58 Cherokee Village 0.0% 5,067
59 Beebe 0.0% 8,055
60 Wynne 0.0% 8,017

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