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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 california is 5,525,439 - at 14.1% of the total population of california.
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 california? Which cities and towns in california have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
Here are the cities in california with the largest Asian population in 2020:
- Cupertino (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Milpitas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Monterey Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Walnut (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Temple City (Homes For Sale)
- Arcadia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rosemead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cerritos (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- San Gabriel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- San Marino (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Which city in california had the largest Asian population? Cupertino took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in california for 2020. 67.66% of Cupertino identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where california ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
The 10 Most Asian Cities In California For 2020
Cupertino is a U.S. city in Santa Clara County, California, directly west of San Jose on the western edge of the Santa Clara Valley with portions extending into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The population was 58,302 as of the 2010 census. Forbes ranked it as one of the most educated small towns, with local public schools ranking highly in the country. It is known as the home of the Apple Inc. corporate headquarters.
Milpitas is a city in Santa Clara County, California. It is located with San Jose to its south and Fremont to its north, at the eastern end of State Route 237 and generally between Interstates 680 and 880 which run roughly north/south through the city. With Alameda County bordering directly on the north, Milpitas sits in the extreme northeast section of the South Bay, bordering the East Bay and Fremont. Milpitas is also located within the Silicon Valley. The corporate headquarters of Maxtor, LSI Corporation, Adaptec, Intersil, FireEye, Viavi and Lumentum, KLA-Tencor, SanDisk, and View, Inc. sit within the industrial zones of Milpitas. Flex and Cisco also have offices in Milpitas. The population was 66,790 at the 2010 census.
Monterey Park is a hillside suburban city in Los Angeles County, California, 7 miles east of Downtown Los Angeles. The city's motto is "Pride in the past, Faith in the future". Monterey Park is part of a cluster of cities with a growing Asian American population, making up 66.9% of its resident population at 2010; 47.7% of its residents are of Chinese descent, the largest concentration of Chinese Americans of any municipality in the United States. According to the 2010 Census, the city had a total population of 60,269. Monterey Park has recognized as "America's Best Places to Live 2017" ranked at #3 by Money magazine and three local news TV stations.
Walnut is a suburban city in the eastern part of Los Angeles County in California. Money's Best Places to Live ranked Walnut #70 in 2009 and #57 in 2011, the highest ranking for a Californian city both years.
Temple City is a city in Los Angeles County, California. Temple City is part of a cluster of cities, along with Arcadia, Rosemead, Monterey Park, San Marino, and San Gabriel, in the west San Gabriel Valley with a rapidly growing Asian population. Temple City also has a Cuban and Puerto Rican community, among other Latino nationalities. Approximately one third of the city's population is white. The population was 35,558 at the 2010 census.
Arcadia is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States located about 13 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley and at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. It is the site of the Santa Anita Park racetrack and home to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The city had a population of 56,364 at the 2010 census, up from 53,248 at the 2000 census. The city is named after Arcadia, Greece.
Rosemead is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 53,764. Rosemead is part of a cluster of cities, along with Arcadia, Temple City, Monterey Park, San Marino, and San Gabriel, in the west San Gabriel Valley with a growing Asian population.
Cerritos, formerly named Dairy Valley because of the preponderance of dairy farms in the area, is a suburban city in Los Angeles County, California, United States, and is one of several cities that constitute the Gateway Cities of southeast Los Angeles County. It was incorporated on April 24, 1956. As of the 2010 census, the population was 49,041. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, California Metropolitan Statistical Area designated by the Office of Management and Budget.
San Gabriel is a city in Los Angeles County, California. It is named after the Mission San Gabriel Arcngel, founded by Junpero Serra. The city grew outward from the mission and in 1852 became the original township of Los Angeles County. San Gabriel was incorporated in 1913. The city's motto is "A city with a Mission" and it is often called the "Birthplace" of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. At the 2010 census, the population was 39,718.
San Marino is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. Incorporated on April 12, 1913, the city was designed by its founders to be uniquely residential, with expansive properties surrounded by beautiful gardens, wide streets, and well maintained parkways. The city is located in the San Rafael Hills. The population was 13,147 at the 2010 census.
How We Determined The Cities In california 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 california.
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*
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 421 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 67.7% 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. Cupertino took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Mendota was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.
Read on for more information on how the cities in california 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 California
If you're looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across California according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in California:
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Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In California
|28||South San Francisco||39.41%|
|42||Los Altos Hills||31.08%|
|45||Rancho Palos Verdes||30.7%|
|52||Rolling Hills Estates||29.01%|
|73||Palos Verdes Estates||21.06%|
|90||La Habra Heights||18.3%|