10 Cities In California With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine 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 5,280,818 – at 13.7% 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 2018:

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

Which city in California had the largest Asian population?

Milpitas took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in California for 2018. 67.13% of Milpitas 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 2018

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 2012-2016 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 67.1% 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. Milpitas took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Mcfarland 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.

Milpitas, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 73,447
% Asian: 67.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 49,305
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.02%
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: 60,297
% Asian: 66.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 39,998
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.82%
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.

Monterey Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 61,001
% Asian: 64.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 39,581
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.38%
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.

Walnut, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 30,026
% Asian: 63.0%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,917
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.28%
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.

San Gabriel, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 40,200
% Asian: 61.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 24,532
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.67%
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.

Cerritos, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 49,797
% Asian: 60.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 30,177
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.78%
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.

Rosemead, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 54,507
% Asian: 59.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 32,656
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.12%
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
/10

Population: 36,084
% Asian: 59.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 21,589
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.29%
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: 57,755
% Asian: 58.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 34,035
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.5%
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.

Daly City, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 105,543
% Asian: 56.48%
# Of Asian Residents: 59,613
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.59%
More on Daly City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Daly City is the largest city in San Mateo County, California, United States, with an estimated 2014 population of 106,094. Located immediately south of San Francisco, it is named in honor of businessman and landowner John Donald Daly.

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. Mcfarland
  2. Mendota
  3. Holtville

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In California

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Milpitas 67.13% 73,447
2 Cupertino 66.33% 60,297
3 Monterey Park 64.89% 61,001
4 Walnut 63.0% 30,026
5 San Gabriel 61.02% 40,200
6 Cerritos 60.6% 49,797
7 Rosemead 59.91% 54,507
8 Temple City 59.83% 36,084
9 Arcadia 58.93% 57,755
10 Daly City 56.48% 105,543
11 Fremont 55.73% 227,934
12 San Marino 54.8% 13,324
13 Diamond Bar 53.11% 56,456
14 Union City 52.16% 73,500
15 Alhambra 50.43% 84,866
16 Millbrae 48.09% 22,522
17 Westminster 47.64% 91,635
18 Foster City 46.82% 32,967
19 Hercules 46.62% 25,011
20 Saratoga 45.77% 30,830
21 La Palma 45.64% 15,834
22 Sunnyvale 43.06% 149,596
23 San Ramon 42.07% 74,366
24 Irvine 41.07% 246,992
25 Santa Clara 40.27% 122,725
26 Garden Grove 39.1% 174,676
27 South San Francisco 37.91% 66,587
28 Artesia 36.93% 16,789
29 Dublin 36.59% 54,523
30 American Canyon 34.51% 20,334
31 Torrance 33.88% 147,307
32 San Jose 33.82% 1,009,363
33 San Francisco 33.52% 850,282
34 Fountain Valley 33.23% 56,670
35 Chino Hills 33.01% 77,266
36 San Leandro 32.14% 89,039
37 Cypress 31.45% 48,978
38 Palo Alto 30.86% 66,649
39 Alameda 30.43% 77,409
40 Rolling Hills Estates 30.31% 8,206
41 Newark 29.83% 44,677
42 Los Altos Hills 29.82% 8,376
43 Pleasanton 29.48% 77,046
44 South Pasadena 29.36% 25,936
45 La Cañada Flintridge 29.14% 20,477
46 El Monte 28.71% 115,665
47 Buena Park 28.51% 82,771
48 Mountain View 28.09% 78,827
49 Elk Grove 27.83% 163,634
50 San Bruno 27.83% 42,736
51 West Covina 27.61% 107,634
52 Hillsborough 27.54% 11,312
53 Rancho Palos Verdes 27.47% 42,412
54 Los Altos 27.27% 30,238
55 El Cerrito 26.92% 24,646
56 Albany 26.35% 19,420
57 La Habra Heights 25.64% 5,406
58 Loma Linda 25.58% 23,859
59 Carson 25.39% 92,780
60 Hayward 25.36% 154,507
61 Stanton 25.0% 38,594
62 Emeryville 24.76% 11,111
63 Gardena 24.66% 59,898
64 Fullerton 24.58% 139,491
65 Belmont 24.13% 26,918
66 Burlingame 23.36% 30,118
67 Vallejo 23.27% 119,644
68 Lathrop 23.26% 20,331
69 Tustin 22.23% 79,396
70 Davis 22.02% 66,886
71 Pinole 21.99% 19,040
72 Stockton 21.32% 301,443
73 San Mateo 20.81% 102,224
74 Livingston 20.73% 13,703
75 Signal Hill 20.62% 11,404
76 Palos Verdes Estates 20.39% 13,582
77 La Mirada 19.7% 49,130
78 Brea 19.66% 41,351
79 Berkeley 19.1% 118,585
80 Suisun City 19.03% 29,045
81 National City 18.97% 60,349
82 Yuba City 18.47% 66,147
83 Pacifica 18.45% 38,844
84 Sacramento 18.13% 484,530
85 Villa Park 18.12% 5,922
86 Piedmont 18.02% 11,201
87 Marina 17.76% 20,816
88 Yorba Linda 17.56% 67,362
89 Duarte 17.54% 21,792
90 Campbell 17.53% 40,788
91 Lakewood 17.49% 81,054
92 Baldwin Park 17.49% 76,511
93 Moraga 17.18% 16,977
94 Placentia 16.9% 52,168
95 San Pablo 16.8% 29,991
96 Pittsburg 16.7% 67,998
97 San Diego 16.54% 1,374,812
98 Fairfield 16.15% 110,953
99 Glendale 16.11% 197,895
100 Laguna Woods 16.1% 16,347

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