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 Florida is 511,264 – at 2.6% of the total population of Florida.
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 Florida? Which cities and towns in Florida have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Florida with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- Pinellas Park (Photos | Jobs)
- Cooper City (Jobs)
- Pinecrest (Photos | Jobs)
- Winter Garden (Photos | Jobs)
- Belle Isle (Photos | Jobs)
- Gainesville (Photos | Jobs)
- Lake Mary (Photos | Jobs)
- Oldsmar (Photos | Jobs)
- Parkland (Photos | Jobs)
- Miramar (Jobs)
Which city in Florida had the largest Asian population?
Pinellas Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Florida for 2018. 8.04% of Pinellas Park identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Florida ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Florida 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 Florida.
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*
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 211 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 8.0% 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. Pinellas Park took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Pahokee was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Florida 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. Pinellas Park
Population: 50,946% Asian: 8.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,098
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.16%
More on Pinellas Park: Write A Review | Data | JobsPinellas Park is a city located in central Pinellas County, Florida, United States. The population was 49,079 at the 2010 census. Originally home to northern transplants and vacationers, the hundred year old city has grown into the fourth largest city in Pinellas County, the most densely-populated county in Florida. The city and surrounding areas are almost completely urbanized. Pinellas Park contains a substantial portion of the “Gateway” area of the county, targeted for future infrastructure, residential, and commercial development as it sits roughly in the middle of the Tampa Bay area’s over two million people. Though technically land-locked, its borders lie only a few miles from Tampa Bay to the east, and Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. The city is known for its popular equestrian facilities and events, and many residents also participate in fishing and water activities in nearby venues. On Park Boulevard, the city’s oldest street and primary thoroughfare, one can find anything from produce stalls and flea markets to high-end luxury vehicles.
2. Cooper City
Population: 34,364% Asian: 7.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,736
Percent Change Since 2010: 72.73%
More on Cooper City: Write A Review | Data | JobsCooper City is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. The city is named for Morris Cooper, who founded the community in 1959.
Population: 19,272% Asian: 7.87%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,517
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.54%
More on Pinecrest: Write A Review | Data | JobsPinecrest is an affluent suburban village in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States of America. The population was 18,223 as of the census of 2010. Pinecrest is governed by a five-member Village Council and operates under the Council-Manager form of government. 33156, the zip code that encompasses all of the village, has been consistently ranked as one of the most expensive in the United States.
4. Winter Garden
5. Belle Isle
Population: 6,542% Asian: 7.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 480
Percent Change Since 2010: 189.16%
More on Belle Isle: Write A Review | Data | JobsBelle Isle is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 5,988 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Population: 128,610% Asian: 7.03%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,039
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.64%
More on Gainesville: Write A Review | Data | JobsGainesville is the county seat and largest city in Alachua County, Florida, United States, and the principal city of the Gainesville, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of Gainesville in the 2013 US Census estimates was 127,488, a 2.4% growth from 2010. Gainesville is the largest city in the region of North Central Florida. It is also a component of the Gainesville-Lake City Combined Statistical Area, which had a 2013 population of 337,925.
7. Lake Mary
Population: 15,478% Asian: 6.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,067
Percent Change Since 2010: -18.05%
More on Lake Mary: Write A Review | Data | JobsLake Mary is a suburban city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. The population was 13,822 at the 2010 census.
Population: 14,023% Asian: 6.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 962
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.86%
More on Oldsmar: Write A Review | Data | JobsOldsmar is a city of 13,591, as of the 2010 census, in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. The Oldsmar name dates to April 12, 1916 when automobile pioneer Ransom E. Olds purchased 37,541 acres of land by the northern part of Tampa Bay to establish “R. E. Olds-on-the-Bay”. The name was later changed to Oldsmar, then to “Tampa Shores” in 1927, and finally back to Oldsmar in 1937. Ransom Olds named some of the original streets himself, such as Gim Gong Road for Lue Gim Gong.
Population: 28,354% Asian: 6.63%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,881
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.21%
More on Parkland: Write A Review | Data | JobsParkland is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States.
Parkland is known for its zoning laws, which are designed to protect the “park-like” character of the city. Initially, there were no stores or traffic lights in Parkland, though this began to change in the mid 1990s and early 2000s with the additions of large neighborhood developments including Heron Bay and Parkland Isles.
Population: 133,741 % Asian: 5.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,576
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.23%
More on Miramar: Write A Review | Data | JobsMiramar is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 122,041. It is a principal city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Florida
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Florida according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Florida:
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