10 Cities In Connecticut With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine the cities in Connecticut 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 Connecticut is 151,376 – at 4.2% of the total population of Connecticut.

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 Connecticut? Which cities and towns in Connecticut have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Connecticut with the largest Asian population in 2018:

  1. Stamford (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Groton (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Danbury (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Middletown (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Norwalk (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Norwich (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Milford (Photos | Jobs)
  8. New Haven (Photos | Jobs)
  9. West Haven (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Derby (Photos | Jobs)

Which city in Connecticut had the largest Asian population?

Stamford took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Connecticut for 2018. 8.04% of Stamford identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Connecticut 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 Connecticut or the most diverse places in Connecticut.

How We Determined The Cities In Connecticut 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 Connecticut.

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 9,000 people. That left us with 21 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 8.0% to 1.6%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Stamford took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Meriden was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Connecticut 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.

1. Stamford

Stamford, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 127,410
% Asian: 8.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,249
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.3%
More on Stamford: Write A Review | Data | JobsStamford is a city in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 122,643. As of July 1, 2014, according to the Census Bureau, the population of Stamford had risen to 128,278, making it the third-largest city in the state and the seventh-largest city in New England. Approximately 30 miles from Manhattan, Stamford is in the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk Metro area which is a part of the Greater New York metropolitan area.

2. Groton

Groton, Connecticut

Population: 9,240
% Asian: 6.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 637
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.4%
More on Groton: Write A Review | Data | JobsGroton is a town located on the Thames River in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 40,115 at the 2010 census.

3. Danbury

Danbury, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 83,890
% Asian: 6.05%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,076
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.63%
More on Danbury: Write A Review | Data | JobsDanbury is a city in northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States, located along the Still River approximately 70 miles northeast of New York’s city center. Danbury’s population at the 2010 census was 80,893. Danbury is the fourth most populous city in Fairfield County, and seventh among Connecticut cities. The city is within the New York combined statistical area and Bridgeport metropolitan area.

4. Middletown

Middletown, Connecticut

Population: 46,933
% Asian: 5.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,540
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.98%
More on Middletown: Write A Review | Data | JobsMiddletown is a city located in Middlesex County, Connecticut, along the Connecticut River, in the central part of the state, 16 miles south of Hartford. In 1650, it was incorporated as a town under its original Indian name, Mattabeseck. It received its present name in 1653. Middletown was included within Hartford County upon its creation on May 10, 1666. In 1784, the central settlement was incorporated as a city distinct from the town. Both were included within newly formed Middlesex County in May 1785. In 1923, the City of Middletown was consolidated with the Town, making the city limits of the city quite extensive.

5. Norwalk

Norwalk, Connecticut

Population: 87,930
% Asian: 5.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,694
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.34%
More on Norwalk: Write A Review | Data | JobsNorwalk, is a U.S city located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County, on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Norwalk is included statistically within both the New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area as well as the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT Metropolitan Statistical Area.

6. Norwich

Norwich, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 40,057
% Asian: 4.9%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,963
Percent Change Since 2010: -23.29%
More on Norwich: Write A Review | Data | JobsNorwich, known as ‘The Rose of New England’, is a city in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 40,493 at the 2010 United States Census. Three rivers, the Yantic, the Shetucket, and the Quinebaug, flow into the city and form its harbor, from which the Thames River flows south to Long Island Sound.

7. Milford

Milford, Connecticut

Population: 52,005
% Asian: 4.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,543
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.96%
More on Milford: Write A Review | Data | JobsMilford is a Coterminous municipality within Coastal Connecticut and New Haven County, Connecticut, between Bridgeport, Connecticut and New Haven, Connecticut. The population was 51,271 at the 2010 census. The city includes the borough of Woodmont and the village of Devon. Milford is part of the New York-Newark, NY-NJ-CT-PA Combined Statistical Area. It is the headquarters of the mega business Subway

8. New Haven

New Haven, Connecticut

Population: 130,405
% Asian: 4.63%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,042
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.63%
More on New Haven: Write A Review | Data | JobsNew Haven, in the U.S. state of Connecticut, is the principal municipality in Greater New Haven, which had a total population of 862,477 in 2010. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. It is the second-largest city in Connecticut, with a population of 129,779 people as of the 2010 United States Census. According to a census of 1 July 2012, by the Census Bureau, the city had a population of 130,741.

9. West Haven

West Haven, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 54,972
% Asian: 4.03%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,214
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.65%
More on West Haven: Write A Review | Data | JobsWest Haven is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 55,564.

10. Derby

Derby, Connecticut

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,755
% Asian: 3.76%
# Of Asian Residents: 480
Percent Change Since 2010: 171.19%
More on Derby: Write A Review | Data | JobsDerby is a city in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 12,903 at the 2010 census. It is the smallest consolidated city of Connecticut by area and population.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Connecticut

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Connecticut according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Connecticut:

  1. Meriden
  2. New London
  3. Bristol

For more Connecticut reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Connecticut

City Rank % Asian Population
Stamford 1 8.04% 127,410
Groton 2 6.89% 9,240
Danbury 3 6.05% 83,890
Middletown 4 5.41% 46,933
Norwalk 5 5.34% 87,930
Norwich 6 4.9% 40,057
Milford 7 4.89% 52,005
New Haven 8 4.63% 130,405
West Haven 9 4.03% 54,972
Derby 10 3.76% 12,755
Shelton 11 3.7% 40,979
Torrington 12 3.68% 35,227
Bridgeport 13 3.1% 147,022
New Britain 14 2.94% 72,876
Naugatuck 15 2.88% 31,625
Hartford 16 2.77% 124,320
Ansonia 17 2.59% 18,950
Waterbury 18 2.29% 109,211
Bristol 19 1.97% 60,437
New London 20 1.94% 27,218
Meriden 21 1.57% 60,203

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