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 Hawaii is 523,697 – at 37.0% of the total population of Hawaii.
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 Hawaii? Which cities and towns in Hawaii have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Hawaii with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- Waipahu (Photos | Jobs)
- Royal Kunia (Jobs)
- Ewa Beach (Photos | Jobs)
- Waipio (Photos | Jobs)
- Aiea (Photos | Jobs)
- Urban Honolulu (Jobs)
- Waikele (Photos | Jobs)
- Pearl City (Jobs)
- Ewa Villages (Photos | Jobs)
- Waimalu (Jobs)
Which city in Hawaii had the largest Asian population?
Waipahu took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Hawaii for 2018. 64.02% of Waipahu identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Hawaii ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Hawaii 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 Hawaii.
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 54 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 64.0% to 3.3%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Waipahu took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Schofield Barracks was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Hawaii 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.
Population: 41,590% Asian: 64.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 26,626
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.73%
More on Waipahu: Write A Review | Data | JobsWaipahu is a former sugarcane plantation town and now census-designated place located in the Ewa District on the island of Oahu in the City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP population was 38,216. The U.S. postal code for Waipahu is 96797.
2. Royal Kunia
3. Ewa Beach
Population: 11,554% Asian: 53.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,188
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.7%
More on Waipio: Write A Review | Data | JobsWaipio is a census-designated place located in the Ewa District of the island of Oahu in the City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. In Hawaiian, wai pio means “curved water”. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 11,674.
Population: 9,594% Asian: 53.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,087
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.19%
More on Aiea: Write A Review | Data | JobsAiea is a census-designated place located in the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 9,338.
6. Urban Honolulu
8. Pearl City
Population: 47,241 % Asian: 51.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 24,477
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.51%
More on Pearl City: Write A Review | Data | JobsPearl City is an unincorporated community and census-designated place located in the Ewa District and City & County of Honolulu on the Island of Oahu. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP had a total population of 47,698. Pearl City is located along the north shore of Pearl Harbor. Aiea borders Pearl City to the east, while Waipahu borders the west. The U.S. postal code for Pearl City is 96782.
9. Ewa Villages
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Hawaii
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Hawaii according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Hawaii:
- Schofield Barracks
- Kaneohe Station
- Hickam Housing
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Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Hawaii
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