California Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 5,525,439 - 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:

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

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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In California For 2020

Cupertino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 60,614
% Asian: 67.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 41,011
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.88%
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.

Milpitas, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 77,457
% Asian: 66.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 51,757
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.39%
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.

Monterey Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 60,792
% Asian: 66.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 40,259
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.09%
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.

Walnut, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 30,008
% Asian: 62.97%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,896
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.17%
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.

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 36,137
% Asian: 61.87%
# Of Asian Residents: 22,357
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.14%
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: 58,207
% Asian: 60.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 35,248
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.29%
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.

Rosemead, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 54,417
% Asian: 60.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 32,939
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.0%
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.

Cerritos, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 50,172
% Asian: 59.69%
# Of Asian Residents: 29,948
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.51%
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: 40,242
% Asian: 59.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,977
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.28%
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.

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,285
% Asian: 59.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,898
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.34%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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*
* 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 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:

  1. Mendota
  2. Huron
  3. Holtville

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In California

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Cupertino 67.66% 60,614
2 Milpitas 66.82% 77,457
3 Monterey Park 66.22% 60,792
4 Walnut 62.97% 30,008
5 Temple City 61.87% 36,137
6 Arcadia 60.56% 58,207
7 Rosemead 60.53% 54,417
8 Cerritos 59.69% 50,172
9 San Gabriel 59.58% 40,242
10 San Marino 59.45% 13,285
11 Fremont 58.24% 233,083
12 Daly City 56.24% 106,638
13 Diamond Bar 54.86% 56,434
14 Union City 54.38% 74,601
15 Alhambra 50.84% 84,974
16 Westminster 49.14% 91,417
17 Saratoga 49.06% 30,886
18 Millbrae 47.79% 22,703
19 Foster City 47.42% 33,784
20 La Palma 46.51% 15,733
21 Hercules 45.84% 25,343
22 Sunnyvale 45.66% 152,323
23 San Ramon 45.59% 75,384
24 Dublin 44.81% 59,172
25 Irvine 42.06% 265,502
26 Santa Clara 41.2% 126,209
27 Garden Grove 40.37% 174,010
28 South San Francisco 39.41% 67,294
29 Artesia 36.61% 16,817
30 Torrance 36.12% 146,392
31 American Canyon 35.29% 20,306
32 San Jose 35.13% 1,026,658
33 Fountain Valley 34.6% 56,372
34 San Leandro 34.2% 90,103
35 Cypress 34.05% 48,955
36 San Francisco 33.89% 870,044
37 Chino Hills 33.78% 79,298
38 Pleasanton 32.7% 80,847
39 Palo Alto 32.5% 67,019
40 Newark 32.32% 46,276
41 Mountain View 31.28% 80,993
42 Los Altos Hills 31.08% 8,517
43 Buena Park 30.96% 82,781
44 Hillsborough 30.92% 11,439
45 Rancho Palos Verdes 30.7% 42,271
46 Alameda 30.7% 78,462
47 San Bruno 30.42% 43,114
48 South Pasadena 29.73% 25,824
49 Albany 29.62% 19,758
50 Los Altos 29.41% 30,588
51 West Covina 29.26% 107,242
52 Rolling Hills Estates 29.01% 8,187
53 El Monte 28.5% 115,669
54 Elk Grove 27.98% 168,503
55 Emeryville 27.87% 11,724
56 El Cerrito 27.8% 25,203
57 Belmont 27.34% 27,110
58 Pinole 26.7% 19,264
59 Stanton 26.57% 38,509
60 Loma Linda 25.7% 24,078
61 Lathrop 25.68% 21,393
62 Hayward 25.58% 158,241
63 Carson 25.16% 92,517
64 Burlingame 24.98% 30,459
65 Gardena 24.5% 59,924
66 Fullerton 24.4% 139,866
67 Signal Hill 23.38% 11,538
68 Vallejo 23.19% 120,977
69 San Mateo 22.71% 104,035
70 Davis 22.02% 67,988
71 Livingston 21.59% 13,997
72 Tustin 21.34% 80,140
73 Palos Verdes Estates 21.06% 13,523
74 Stockton 21.05% 306,283
75 Atherton 20.47% 7,185
76 Brea 20.29% 42,330
77 La Mirada 20.16% 48,974
78 Berkeley 20.04% 120,926
79 Campbell 20.01% 42,470
80 Suisun City 19.88% 29,379
81 Pacifica 19.67% 39,065
82 Laguna Woods 19.36% 16,228
83 National City 19.29% 60,896
84 Baldwin Park 18.85% 76,222
85 Yorba Linda 18.73% 67,815
86 Yuba City 18.66% 66,388
87 Sacramento 18.6% 495,011
88 Lakewood 18.53% 80,771
89 Marina 18.5% 21,608
90 La Habra Heights 18.3% 5,383
91 Placentia 17.24% 52,049
92 Fairfield 17.11% 114,101
93 Piedmont 16.93% 11,308
94 Folsom 16.85% 77,007
95 Pasadena 16.84% 141,246
96 Duarte 16.83% 21,713
97 Lake Forest 16.79% 82,911
98 Anaheim 16.52% 349,668
99 San Diego 16.45% 1,401,932
100 Richmond 16.16% 109,340

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About Chris Kolmar

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