10 Cities In Idaho With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine 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 20,566 – 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 2018:

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

Which city in Idaho had the largest Asian population?

Moscow took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Idaho for 2018. 3.46% 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 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 Idaho.

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 32 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 3.5% 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 Rathdrum 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.

1. Moscow

Moscow, Idaho

Population: 24,855
% Asian: 3.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 859
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.43%
More on Moscow: Write A Review | Data | JobsMoscow 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.

2. Boise City

Boise City, Idaho

Population: 218,677
% Asian: 3.35%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,328
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.05%
More on Boise City: Write A Review | Data | JobsBoise ) 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.

3. Mountain Home

Mountain Home, Idaho

Population: 13,823
% Asian: 2.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 393
Percent Change Since 2010: 88.94%
More on Mountain Home: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

4. Blackfoot

Blackfoot, Idaho

Population: 11,878
% Asian: 2.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 334
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.59%
More on Blackfoot: Write A Review | Data | JobsBlackfoot 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.

5. Twin Falls

Twin Falls, Idaho

Source: Public domain

Population: 46,623
% Asian: 2.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 995
Percent Change Since 2010: 73.65%
More on Twin Falls: Write A Review | Data | JobsTwin 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.

6. Meridian

Meridian, Idaho

Source: Public domain

Population: 88,247
% Asian: 1.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,620
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.82%
More on Meridian: Write A Review | Data | JobsMeridian 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.

7. Chubbuck

Chubbuck, Idaho

Population: 14,326
% Asian: 1.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 244
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.87%
More on Chubbuck: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

8. Hayden

Hayden, Idaho

Population: 13,916
% Asian: 1.55%
# Of Asian Residents: 216
Percent Change Since 2010: 103.77%
More on Hayden: Write A Review | Data | JobsHayden 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.

9. Rexburg

Rexburg, Idaho

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,114
% Asian: 1.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 381
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.25%
More on Rexburg: Write A Review | Data | JobsRexburg 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.

10. Middleton


Population: 6,416
% Asian: 1.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 81
Percent Change Since 2010: 575.0%
More on Middleton: Write A Review | Data | JobsMiddleton is a city in Canyon County, Idaho, United States. The population was 5,524 at the 2010 census, up from 2,978 in 2000. It is part of the Boise City-Nampa, Idaho Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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. Rathdrum
  2. Preston
  3. Rupert

For more Idaho reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Idaho

City Rank % Asian Population
Moscow 1 3.46% 24,855
Boise City 2 3.35% 218,677
Mountain Home 3 2.84% 13,823
Blackfoot 4 2.81% 11,878
Twin Falls 5 2.13% 46,623
Meridian 6 1.84% 88,247
Chubbuck 7 1.7% 14,326
Hayden 8 1.55% 13,916
Rexburg 9 1.41% 27,114
Middleton 10 1.26% 6,416
Pocatello 11 1.25% 54,592
Idaho Falls 12 1.05% 58,933
Lewiston 13 0.93% 32,484
Eagle 14 0.83% 22,711
Weiser 15 0.82% 5,350
Coeur D’Alene 16 0.8% 47,842
Emmett 17 0.8% 6,590
Caldwell 18 0.78% 50,288
Nampa 19 0.73% 87,896
Post Falls 20 0.67% 30,157
Kuna 21 0.63% 17,015
Burley 22 0.61% 10,382
Ammon 23 0.57% 14,767
Hailey 24 0.56% 8,058
Garden City 25 0.46% 11,423
Star 26 0.29% 7,255
Jerome 27 0.27% 11,140
Sandpoint 28 0.19% 7,698
Payette 29 0.16% 7,402
Rupert 30 0.09% 5,702
Preston 31 0.0% 5,252
Rathdrum 32 0.0% 7,357

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