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 Indiana is 129,420 – at 2.0% of the total population of Indiana.
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 Indiana? Which cities and towns in Indiana have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Indiana with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- West Lafayette (Photos | Jobs)
- Carmel (Photos | Jobs)
- Bloomington (Photos | Jobs)
- Columbus (Photos | Jobs)
- Zionsville (Photos | Jobs)
- Greenwood (Photos | Jobs)
- Munster (Photos | Jobs)
- Fort Wayne (Photos | Jobs)
- Seymour (Photos | Jobs)
- Brownsburg (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in Indiana had the largest Asian population?
West Lafayette took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Indiana for 2018. 22.74% of West Lafayette identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Indiana ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Indiana 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 Indiana.
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 113 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 22.7% 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. West Lafayette took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Alexandria was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Indiana 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. West Lafayette
Population: 44,543% Asian: 22.74%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,130
Percent Change Since 2010: 93.62%
More on West Lafayette: Write A Review | Data | JobsWest Lafayette is a city in Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, about 65 miles northwest of the state capital of Indianapolis and 103 miles southeast of Chicago. West Lafayette is directly across the Wabash River from its sister city, Lafayette. As of the 2016 census estimate, its population was 45,872. It is the most densely populated city in Indiana and is home to Purdue University.
Population: 86,940% Asian: 9.73%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,461
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.81%
More on Carmel: Write A Review | Data | JobsCarmel is a suburban city in Hamilton County, Indiana, United States, located immediately north of Indianapolis. It has been one of the fastest-growing communities in the country. In 2012, Carmel was selected as the “Best Place to Live in the United States” by CNN Money magazine, and received the same designation by Niche.com in 2017. The population was 79,191 as of the 2010 and was estimated to be 91,065 in 2016 by the US Census Bureau, making it the fifth-largest city in Indiana.
Population: 83,093% Asian: 9.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,967
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.44%
More on Bloomington: Write A Review | Data | JobsBloomington is a city in and the county seat of Monroe County in the southern region of the U.S. state of Indiana. It is the seventh-largest city in Indiana and the fourth-largest outside the Indianapolis metropolitan area. According to the Monroe County History Center, Bloomington is known as the “Gateway to Scenic Southern Indiana.” The city was established in 1818 by a group of settlers from Kentucky, Tennessee, the Carolinas, and Virginia who were so impressed with “a haven of blooms” that they called it Bloomington.
Population: 46,474% Asian: 9.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,424
Percent Change Since 2010: 87.22%
More on Columbus: Write A Review | Data | JobsColumbus is a city in and the county seat of Bartholomew County, Indiana, United States. The population was 44,061 at the 2010 census. In its built environment, the relatively small city has provided a unique place for noted Modern architecture and public art, commissioning numerous works since the mid-20th century. Located about 40 miles south of Indianapolis, on the east fork of the White River, it is the state’s 20th-largest city. It is the principal city of the Columbus, Indiana metropolitan statistical area, which encompasses all of Bartholomew County. Columbus is the birthplace of former Indiana Governor and current Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence.
Population: 25,709% Asian: 5.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,361
Percent Change Since 2010: 301.47%
More on Zionsville: Write A Review | Data | JobsZionsville is a suburban town located in the extreme southeast area of Boone County, Indiana, United States, northwest of Indianapolis. The population was 14,160 at the 2010 census, and grew to 26,784 in the Census 2016 estimates.
Population: 54,564% Asian: 4.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,686
Percent Change Since 2010: 126.09%
More on Greenwood: Write A Review | Data | JobsGreenwood is a city in Johnson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 49,791 at the 2010 Census, and increased to 56,545 in the Census 2016 estimates. Greenwood is located between Indiana State Road 37 and Interstate 65. The city shares a border with Indianapolis and is the most populous suburb in the southern portion of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Area. The current Mayor of Greenwood is Nicolas A. Dietz.
Population: 23,103% Asian: 4.67%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,078
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.0%
More on Munster: Write A Review | Data | JobsMunster is a town located in North Township, Lake County, in Northwest Indiana, United States. This bedroom community lies in the Chicago metropolitan area, approximately 30 miles southeast of the Chicago Loop, and shares municipal boundaries with Hammond to the north, Highland to the east, Dyer and Schererville to the south and Lansing and Lynwood directly west of the Illinois border. The 2010 U.S. Census counted the town’s population at 23,603.
8. Fort Wayne
Population: 260,954% Asian: 4.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,532
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.39%
More on Fort Wayne: Write A Review | Data | JobsCoordinates: 410449.62N 850820.94W 41.0804500; -85.1391500
Population: 18,996% Asian: 3.97%
# Of Asian Residents: 754
Percent Change Since 2010: 257.35%
More on Seymour: Write A Review | Data | JobsSeymour is a city in Jackson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 17,503 at the 2010 census. Seymour is referred to as the “Crossroads of America” due to the northwest railroads intersecting downtown.
Population: 24,072% Asian: 3.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 950
Percent Change Since 2010: 123.0%
More on Brownsburg: Write A Review | Data | JobsBrownsburg is a town in Hendricks County, Indiana, United States. The population was 21,285 at the 2010 Census, an increase from 14,520 in 2000. As of 2016 the estimated population was 25,408.
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Indiana
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Indiana according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Indiana:
- North Manchester
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