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


We used data and science to determine the cities in California 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 California 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 California is 5,427,928 – at 13.9% 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?

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

  1. Monterey Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Milpitas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Cupertino (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Walnut (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Rosemead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Temple City (Homes For Sale)
  7. Arcadia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Cerritos (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. San Gabriel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Fremont (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in California had the largest Asian population?

Monterey Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in California for 2019. 66.77% of Monterey Park 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.

And if you already knew these places were Asian, check out the best places to live in California or the most diverse places in California.

How We Determined The Cities In California 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 California.

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 422 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 66.8% 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. Monterey Park took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Holtville was the least Asian city.

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.

Monterey Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 61,056
% Asian: 66.77%
# Of Asian Residents: 40,765
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.38%
More on Monterey Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Milpitas, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 75,498
% Asian: 66.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 50,233
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.43%
More on Milpitas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Cupertino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 60,687
% Asian: 66.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 40,291
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.7%
More on Cupertino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Walnut, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 30,062
% Asian: 63.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 19,112
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.35%
More on Walnut: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Rosemead, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 54,615
% Asian: 61.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 33,494
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.74%
More on Rosemead: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 36,214
% Asian: 61.23%
# Of Asian Residents: 22,175
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.23%
More on Temple City: Real Estate | Data

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, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 58,156
% Asian: 61.2%
# Of Asian Residents: 35,590
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.36%
More on Arcadia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Cerritos, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 50,145
% Asian: 60.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 30,501
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.73%
More on Cerritos: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 40,315
% Asian: 60.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 24,391
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.07%
More on San Gabriel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Fremont, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 230,964
% Asian: 57.27%
# Of Asian Residents: 132,281
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.92%
More on Fremont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fremont is a city in Alameda County, California, United States. It was incorporated on January 23, 1956, from the merger of five smaller communities: Centerville, Niles, Irvington, Mission San Jose, and Warm Springs. The city is named after John C. Frmont, an American explorer and the first Republican presidential candidate in 1856.

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:

  1. Holtville
  2. Huron
  3. Woodlake

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In California

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Monterey Park 66.77% 61,056
2 Milpitas 66.54% 75,498
3 Cupertino 66.39% 60,687
4 Walnut 63.58% 30,062
5 Rosemead 61.33% 54,615
6 Temple City 61.23% 36,214
7 Arcadia 61.2% 58,156
8 Cerritos 60.83% 50,145
9 San Gabriel 60.5% 40,315
10 Fremont 57.27% 230,964
11 Daly City 56.28% 106,480
12 Diamond Bar 54.52% 56,600
13 San Marino 53.73% 13,331
14 Union City 53.0% 74,354
15 Alhambra 50.2% 85,168
16 Millbrae 48.21% 22,738
17 Hercules 48.1% 25,260
18 Westminster 47.71% 91,785
19 Foster City 47.66% 33,529
20 Saratoga 46.86% 31,013
21 La Palma 45.97% 15,814
22 Sunnyvale 44.67% 151,565
23 San Ramon 44.27% 75,048
24 Irvine 41.61% 256,877
25 Santa Clara 41.54% 124,635
26 Dublin 39.93% 57,022
27 Garden Grove 39.68% 174,812
28 South San Francisco 39.37% 67,120
29 Artesia 35.85% 16,853
30 American Canyon 35.11% 20,341
31 Torrance 34.97% 147,190
32 San Jose 34.51% 1,023,031
33 San Francisco 33.87% 864,263
34 Chino Hills 33.34% 78,025
35 San Leandro 33.06% 89,910
36 Fountain Valley 32.61% 56,640
37 Cypress 32.51% 49,108
38 Pleasanton 31.52% 79,341
39 Palo Alto 31.19% 67,082
40 Alameda 31.08% 78,246
41 Rolling Hills Estates 30.55% 8,229
42 Newark 30.44% 45,554
43 Mountain View 30.3% 80,076
44 La Cañada Flintridge 30.12% 20,474
45 Hillsborough 29.28% 11,436
46 El Monte 29.0% 115,958
47 South Pasadena 28.99% 25,974
48 Los Altos Hills 28.93% 8,490
49 Buena Park 28.67% 83,020
50 El Cerrito 28.59% 24,982
51 Rancho Palos Verdes 28.49% 42,463
52 West Covina 28.43% 107,786
53 San Bruno 28.33% 43,105
54 Los Altos 28.19% 30,527
55 Elk Grove 28.06% 166,228
56 Emeryville 27.59% 11,524
57 Stanton 26.9% 38,648
58 Albany 26.77% 19,682
59 Carson 26.42% 92,927
60 Belmont 25.95% 27,110
61 Lathrop 25.83% 21,050
62 Hayward 25.8% 156,917
63 Signal Hill 25.5% 11,508
64 Loma Linda 25.44% 23,961
65 Gardena 24.72% 60,096
66 Pinole 24.58% 19,191
67 Fullerton 24.4% 139,976
68 Burlingame 24.33% 30,401
69 Vallejo 23.11% 120,599
70 San Mateo 22.06% 103,500
71 Davis 21.85% 67,500
72 La Habra Heights 21.7% 5,425
73 Tustin 21.64% 80,007
74 Livingston 21.19% 13,831
75 Stockton 21.16% 304,358
76 Brea 21.05% 41,921
77 Palos Verdes Estates 20.42% 13,591
78 Berkeley 19.58% 120,179
79 National City 19.46% 60,715
80 Suisun City 19.43% 29,280
81 La Mirada 19.23% 49,162
82 Pacifica 18.92% 39,141
83 Yuba City 18.79% 66,229
84 Baldwin Park 18.67% 76,572
85 Yorba Linda 18.54% 67,740
86 Sacramento 18.39% 489,650
87 Laguna Woods 18.3% 16,314
88 Campbell 18.15% 41,164
89 Lakewood 17.84% 81,106
90 Marina 17.84% 21,227
91 Atherton 17.81% 7,182
92 Piedmont 17.76% 11,296
93 Moraga 17.68% 17,231
94 Placentia 17.54% 52,294
95 Duarte 17.09% 21,832
96 Fairfield 16.94% 112,790
97 Villa Park 16.87% 5,935
98 San Diego 16.5% 1,390,966
99 Anaheim 16.25% 349,007
100 Folsom 16.25% 75,897

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