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


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Illinois 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 Illinois is 666,890 – at 5.2% of the total population of Illinois.

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

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

  1. Lincolnwood (Homes For Sale)
  2. Morton Grove (Homes For Sale)
  3. Oak Brook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Hoffman Estates (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Skokie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Schaumburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Glendale Heights (Homes For Sale)
  8. Vernon Hills (Homes For Sale)
  9. Buffalo Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Urbana (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Illinois had the largest Asian population?

Lincolnwood took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Illinois for 2019. 30.24% of Lincolnwood identify as Asian.

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

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

How We Determined The Cities In Illinois 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 Illinois.

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 329 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 30.2% 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. Lincolnwood took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Hoopeston was the least Asian city.

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

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Population: 12,637
% Asian: 30.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,822
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.47%
More on Lincolnwood: Real Estate | Data

Lincolnwood is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 12,590 at the 2010 census.

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Population: 23,391
% Asian: 29.32%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,858
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.54%
More on Morton Grove: Real Estate | Data

Morton Grove is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,270, for a growth rate of 3.6% since 2000.

Oak Brook, IL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 8,108
% Asian: 27.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,252
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.53%
More on Oak Brook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Brook is an affluent village in DuPage County with a small portion in Cook County in Illinois. The population was 7,883 at the 2010 census. A suburb of Chicago, Oak Brook serves as home to the headquarters of several notable companies and organizations including McDonald’s, Ace Hardware, Blistex, Federal Signal, CenterPoint Properties, Sanford L.P., TreeHouse Foods, and Lions Clubs International.

Hoffman Estates, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 51,631
% Asian: 27.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,294
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.95%
More on Hoffman Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hoffman Estates is a village in Illinois, United States. The village is located primarily in Cook County with a small section in Kane County. It is a suburb of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village population was 51,895. The village was incorporated in 1959.

Skokie, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 64,773
% Asian: 26.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 17,143
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.54%
More on Skokie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Skokie is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Its name comes from a Potawatomi word for “marsh.” A Chicago suburb, for many years Skokie promoted itself as “The World’s Largest Village.” Its population, according to the 2010 census, was 64,784. Skokie’s streets, like that of many suburbs, are largely a continuation of the Chicago street grid, and the village is served by the Chicago Transit Authority, further cementing its connection to the city.

Schaumburg, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 74,427
% Asian: 23.94%
# Of Asian Residents: 17,821
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.65%
More on Schaumburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Schaumburg is a village located in Cook County and DuPage County in northeastern Illinois, United States. The village is a northwestern suburb of Chicago and is part of the Golden Corridor. Schaumburg is located roughly 28 miles northwest of the Chicago Loop and approximately 10 miles northwest of O’Hare International Airport. As of the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 74,227.

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 34,330
% Asian: 22.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,880
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.4%
More on Glendale Heights: Real Estate | Data

Glendale Heights is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 34,208 at the 2010 census. It is best known nationally as the hometown of Smashing Pumpkins founder Billy Corgan, but known more locally for its ethnically diverse population. The town elected Dupage County’s first Asian mayor in 1995.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
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Population: 26,084
% Asian: 21.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,666
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.3%
More on Vernon Hills: Real Estate | Data

Vernon Hills is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States, and a northern suburb of Chicago. The population was 20,120 at the 2000 census, and 25,113 in 2010. Vernon Hills serves as a retail hub for its surrounding area.

Buffalo Grove, IL

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Overall SnackAbility

10
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Population: 41,551
% Asian: 20.49%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,515
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.63%
More on Buffalo Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Buffalo Grove is a village in Lake and Cook counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, within the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

As of the 2010 census, the village population was 41,496. Most of the village is located within the 10th Congressional District of Illinois, although the southern portion is represented in the 8th Congressional District.

Urbana, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 42,141
% Asian: 19.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,258
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.54%
More on Urbana: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Urbana is a city in and the county seat of Champaign County, Illinois, United States. The population was 41,250 at the 2010 census. Urbana is the tenth-most populous city in Illinois outside of the Chicago metropolitan area.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Illinois

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

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

  1. Hoopeston
  2. Calumet Park
  3. Beardstown

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Illinois

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Lincolnwood 30.24% 12,637
2 Morton Grove 29.32% 23,391
3 Oak Brook 27.78% 8,108
4 Hoffman Estates 27.68% 51,631
5 Skokie 26.47% 64,773
6 Schaumburg 23.94% 74,427
7 Glendale Heights 22.95% 34,330
8 Vernon Hills 21.72% 26,084
9 Buffalo Grove 20.49% 41,551
10 Urbana 19.6% 42,141
11 Willowbrook 18.54% 8,598
12 Carol Stream 17.91% 40,231
13 Naperville 17.88% 146,431
14 Niles 17.61% 29,823
15 Long Grove 17.56% 7,980
16 Savoy 17.51% 8,551
17 Bartlett 16.14% 41,487
18 Inverness 15.97% 7,723
19 Wheeling 15.77% 38,264
20 Gilberts 15.45% 7,638
21 Hanover Park 15.19% 38,350
22 Burr Ridge 14.69% 10,783
23 Lisle 13.96% 23,024
24 Woodridge 13.68% 33,447
25 Glenview 13.47% 47,066
26 Des Plaines 13.35% 58,805
27 Northbrook 13.04% 33,591
28 Streamwood 12.75% 40,615
29 Wilmette 12.71% 27,393
30 Bloomingdale 12.67% 22,196
31 Mount Prospect 12.5% 54,493
32 Champaign 12.37% 85,710
33 Darien 12.33% 22,206
34 Westmont 12.0% 25,040
35 Bolingbrook 11.8% 74,548
36 Lombard 11.34% 43,776
37 Elk Grove Village 11.23% 33,180
38 Gurnee 11.21% 30,971
39 Palatine 11.13% 69,099
40 Lincolnshire 10.59% 7,328
41 Round Lake 10.59% 18,533
42 Mundelein 10.39% 31,786
43 Hinsdale 10.14% 17,705
44 Rolling Meadows 9.86% 23,418
45 Northfield 9.69% 5,459
46 Evanston 9.59% 75,557
47 Arlington Heights 9.27% 75,911
48 Algonquin 9.1% 30,664
49 Lake Zurich 9.02% 19,983
50 Prospect Heights 8.76% 16,345
51 Hawthorn Woods 8.69% 7,962
52 Glen Ellyn 8.68% 27,983
53 Aurora 8.04% 200,946
54 Grayslake 7.87% 21,168
55 Harwood Heights 7.87% 8,604
56 Bloomington 7.85% 78,426
57 Roselle 7.78% 22,925
58 West Dundee 7.62% 7,376
59 Forest Park 7.6% 14,127
60 Addison 7.42% 37,104
61 Plainfield 7.41% 41,978
62 Orland Hills 7.4% 7,226
63 West Chicago 7.26% 27,385
64 Wood Dale 7.19% 13,897
65 Lake Bluff 7.06% 5,651
66 Wauconda 6.82% 13,776
67 Lake Forest 6.78% 18,931
68 Carpentersville 6.68% 38,280
69 Itasca 6.64% 8,692
70 Bridgeview 6.63% 16,511
71 Romeoville 6.58% 39,682
72 Warrenville 6.57% 13,373
73 Clarendon Hills 6.45% 8,680
74 Chicago 6.15% 2,722,586
75 Elgin 6.08% 112,628
76 Downers Grove 6.05% 49,649
77 River Forest 5.97% 11,215
78 Elmhurst 5.85% 46,139
79 Carbondale 5.8% 26,196
80 Willow Springs 5.8% 5,677
81 Wheaton 5.79% 53,577
82 North Aurora 5.72% 17,473
83 South Elgin 5.66% 22,322
84 Huntley 5.62% 26,265
85 Peoria 5.57% 115,424
86 Lindenhurst 5.46% 14,564
87 Park City 5.46% 7,438
88 Villa Park 5.33% 21,867
89 Libertyville 5.29% 20,504
90 Norridge 5.24% 15,083
91 Oswego 5.07% 33,759
92 Waukegan 4.99% 87,999
93 Park Ridge 4.89% 37,810
94 Orland Park 4.7% 59,161
95 Lake In The Hills 4.68% 28,908
96 Bensenville 4.62% 18,432
97 North Riverside 4.61% 6,966
98 Dekalb 4.54% 43,141
99 Oak Park 4.44% 52,229
100 Normal 4.4% 54,531

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  1. Thank you very much for this article. I’m from Illinois and my fiance is from Nepal. So we want an area that fits us and is safe.

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