These Are The 10 Idaho Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Idaho 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 Idaho is 21,937 – at 1.3% of the total population of Idaho.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Idaho with the largest Asian population in 2019:

  1. Moscow (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Boise City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Mountain Home (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Twin Falls (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Meridian (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Blackfoot (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Hayden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Rexburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Pocatello (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Chubbuck (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Idaho had the largest Asian population?

Moscow took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Idaho for 2019. 3.84% of Moscow identify as Asian.

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

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

How We Determined The Cities In Idaho With The Largest Asian Population For 2019

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 Idaho.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 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 32 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 3.8% 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. Moscow took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Preston was the least Asian city.

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

Moscow, ID

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Population: 24,833
% Asian: 3.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 953
Percent Change Since 2010: 49.14%
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Moscow is a city in northern Idaho along the state border with Washington, with a population of 23,800 at the 2010 census. The county seat and largest city of Latah County, Moscow is the home of the University of Idaho, the state’s land grant institution and primary research university, as well as the home of New Saint Andrews College, a Christian liberal arts college.

Boise City, ID

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Population: 220,859
% Asian: 3.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,207
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.17%
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Boise ) is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Idaho, as well as the county seat of Ada County. Located on the Boise River in southwestern Idaho, the population of Boise at the 2010 Census was 205,671, the 99th largest in the United States. Its estimated population in 2016 was 223,154.

Mountain Home, ID

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Population: 13,867
% Asian: 3.12%
# Of Asian Residents: 432
Percent Change Since 2010: 107.69%
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Twin Falls, ID

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Population: 47,340
% Asian: 2.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,230
Percent Change Since 2010: 114.66%
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Twin Falls is the county seat and largest city of Twin Falls County, Idaho, United States. The city had a population of 44,125 as of the 2010 census.

Meridian, ID

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Population: 91,917
% Asian: 2.27%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,091
Percent Change Since 2010: 58.53%
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Meridian is a city located in Ada County in the US state of Idaho. As of the 2010 census, the population of Meridian was 75,092 making it the third largest city in Idaho after Boise and Nampa. A 2015 estimate placed the population at approximately 90,739. Meridian is the state’s fastest-growing city, with an 81.5 percent increase in population since 2000.

Blackfoot, ID

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Population: 11,850
% Asian: 2.17%
# Of Asian Residents: 257
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.64%
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Blackfoot is a city in Bingham County, Idaho, United States. The population was 11,899 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Bingham County. Blackfoot boasts the largest potato industry in any one area, and is known as the “Potato Capital of the World.” It is the site of the Idaho Potato Museum, and the home of the world’s largest baked potato and potato chip. Blackfoot is also the location of the Eastern Idaho State Fair, which operates between Labor Day weekend and the following weekend.

Hayden, ID

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Population: 14,096
% Asian: 1.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 221
Percent Change Since 2010: 108.49%
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Hayden is a city in Kootenai County, Idaho, United States. Located in the northern portion of the state, it is a suburb of nearby Coeur d’Alene and its population was 13,294 at the 2010 census.

Rexburg, ID

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Population: 27,369
% Asian: 1.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 429
Percent Change Since 2010: 66.93%
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Rexburg is a city in Madison County, Idaho, United States. The population was 25,484 at the 2010 census, up from 17,257 in 2000. The city is the county seat of Madison County and its largest city. Rexburg is the principal city of the Rexburg, ID Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Fremont and Madison Counties. The city is home to Brigham Young University-Idaho, a private institution operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Pocatello, ID

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Population: 54,658
% Asian: 1.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 785
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.66%
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Pocatello ) is the county seat and largest city of Bannock County, with a small portion on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in neighboring Power County, in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Idaho. It is the principal city of the Pocatello metropolitan area, which encompasses all of Bannock county. As of the 2010 census the population of Pocatello was 54,255.

Chubbuck, ID

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Population: 14,470
% Asian: 1.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 206
Percent Change Since 2010: -0.48%
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There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Idaho

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

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

  1. Preston
  2. Payette
  3. Rupert

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Idaho

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Moscow 3.84% 24,833
2 Boise City 3.26% 220,859
3 Mountain Home 3.12% 13,867
4 Twin Falls 2.6% 47,340
5 Meridian 2.27% 91,917
6 Blackfoot 2.17% 11,850
7 Hayden 1.57% 14,096
8 Rexburg 1.57% 27,369
9 Pocatello 1.44% 54,658
10 Chubbuck 1.42% 14,470
11 Eagle 1.23% 23,708
12 Idaho Falls 1.19% 59,414
13 Middleton 1.16% 6,716
14 Kuna 1.01% 17,590
15 Lewiston 0.94% 32,482
16 Weiser 0.92% 5,325
17 Burley 0.89% 10,336
18 Nampa 0.88% 89,576
19 Coeur D’alene 0.86% 48,618
20 Caldwell 0.72% 51,634
21 Ammon 0.69% 14,998
22 Post Falls 0.63% 30,886
23 Rathdrum 0.58% 7,592
24 Star 0.55% 7,832
25 Hailey 0.48% 8,097
26 Emmett 0.46% 6,593
27 Garden City 0.45% 11,637
28 Jerome 0.27% 11,306
29 Sandpoint 0.19% 7,918
30 Rupert 0.1% 5,738
31 Payette 0.0% 7,366
32 Preston 0.0% 5,268

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