Illinois Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 685,343 - at 5.3% 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?

Here are the cities in illinois with the largest Asian population in 2020:

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

Which city in illinois had the largest Asian population? Oak Brook took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in illinois for 2020. 31.13% of Oak Brook 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Illinois For 2020

Oak Brook, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,122
% Asian: 31.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,528
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.18%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,539
% Asian: 30.94%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,880
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.39%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,256
% Asian: 30.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,068
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.98%
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.

Skokie, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 64,395
% Asian: 26.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 17,313
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.63%
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.

Hoffman Estates, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 51,282
% Asian: 25.94%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,302
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.49%
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.

Schaumburg, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 74,569
% Asian: 24.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,607
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.81%
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

9.5
/10

Population: 26,259
% Asian: 23.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,060
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.91%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 34,280
% Asian: 22.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,764
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.82%
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.

Buffalo Grove, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 41,329
% Asian: 21.67%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,955
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.64%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,576
% Asian: 19.2%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,647
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.79%
More on Willowbrook: Real Estate | Data

How We Determined The Cities In illinois With The Largest Asian Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 330 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 31.1% 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. Oak Brook took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Hillsboro was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Hillsboro
  2. Murphysboro
  3. Creve Coeur

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Illinois

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Oak Brook 31.13% 8,122
2 Lincolnwood 30.94% 12,539
3 Morton Grove 30.39% 23,256
4 Skokie 26.89% 64,395
5 Hoffman Estates 25.94% 51,282
6 Schaumburg 24.95% 74,569
7 Vernon Hills 23.08% 26,259
8 Glendale Heights 22.65% 34,280
9 Buffalo Grove 21.67% 41,329
10 Willowbrook 19.2% 8,576
11 Carol Stream 19.19% 39,989
12 Urbana 18.88% 42,375
13 Niles 18.61% 29,640
14 Savoy 18.5% 8,654
15 Naperville 18.39% 147,411
16 Wheeling 18.17% 38,424
17 Long Grove 17.62% 7,978
18 Burr Ridge 16.12% 10,795
19 Bartlett 15.74% 41,316
20 Hanover Park 15.15% 38,275
21 Inverness 14.86% 7,747
22 Northbrook 14.54% 33,463
23 Lisle 13.73% 23,435
24 Des Plaines 13.66% 58,694
25 Gilberts 13.45% 7,742
26 Bloomingdale 13.43% 22,138
27 Wilmette 13.38% 27,419
28 Champaign 13.25% 86,791
29 Glenview 13.16% 47,333
30 Woodridge 12.77% 33,493
31 Westmont 12.76% 25,036
32 Gurnee 12.4% 30,854
33 Streamwood 12.28% 40,413
34 Mount Prospect 12.28% 55,127
35 Darien 11.98% 22,126
36 Harwood Heights 11.95% 8,552
37 Bolingbrook 11.57% 74,448
38 Palatine 11.54% 68,847
39 Lombard 11.36% 43,904
40 Hinsdale 11.29% 17,654
41 Mundelein 11.11% 31,683
42 Lincolnshire 10.82% 7,469
43 Round Lake 10.57% 18,489
44 Elk Grove Village 10.2% 32,997
45 Rolling Meadows 10.0% 23,229
46 Arlington Heights 9.98% 75,724
47 West Dundee 9.82% 7,535
48 Hawthorn Woods 9.59% 8,047
49 Addison 9.36% 37,089
50 Evanston 9.18% 75,157
51 Lake Zurich 8.89% 19,970
52 Prospect Heights 8.4% 16,250
53 Algonquin 8.35% 30,709
54 Forest Park 8.24% 14,041
55 Lake Forest 8.13% 19,219
56 Aurora 8.13% 200,660
57 West Chicago 8.06% 27,328
58 Northfield 8.06% 5,536
59 Bloomington 8.02% 78,331
60 Roselle 8.02% 22,873
61 Glen Ellyn 7.97% 27,958
62 Plainfield 7.83% 43,048
63 Carpentersville 7.81% 38,138
64 Grayslake 7.5% 21,195
65 Lake Bluff 7.32% 5,612
66 Orland Hills 7.05% 7,181
67 Wood Dale 6.97% 13,848
68 Clarendon Hills 6.77% 8,711
69 Romeoville 6.49% 39,702
70 Bridgeview 6.4% 16,440
71 Chicago 6.36% 2,718,555
72 Elgin 6.22% 113,023
73 Wauconda 6.12% 13,754
74 North Riverside 6.09% 6,813
75 Wheaton 6.04% 53,480
76 Huntley 6.03% 26,486
77 Elmhurst 6.01% 46,331
78 Downers Grove 5.91% 49,644
79 Libertyville 5.86% 20,480
80 Peoria 5.77% 114,512
81 Park City 5.75% 7,456
82 Roscoe 5.7% 10,575
83 Carbondale 5.68% 25,846
84 South Elgin 5.64% 22,522
85 Orland Park 5.57% 59,100
86 Warrenville 5.51% 13,311
87 Lake In The Hills 5.35% 28,832
88 Waukegan 5.26% 87,571
89 North Chicago 5.26% 30,011
90 Itasca 5.19% 9,042
91 Norridge 5.19% 14,888
92 Barrington 5.15% 10,304
93 Villa Park 5.12% 21,893
94 North Aurora 5.02% 17,653
95 Oak Park 4.98% 52,225
96 Elburn 4.79% 5,823
97 Schiller Park 4.62% 11,704
98 Oswego 4.62% 34,383
99 Dekalb 4.58% 42,839
100 Elmwood Park 4.57% 24,680

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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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