10 Cities In Indiana With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine the cities in Indiana 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 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:

  1. West Lafayette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Carmel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bloomington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Columbus (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Zionsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Greenwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Munster (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Fort Wayne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Seymour (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Brownsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

And if you already knew these places were Asian, check out the best places to live in Indiana or the most diverse places in Indiana.

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*
* 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 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.

West Lafayette, IN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 44,543
% Asian: 22.74%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,130
Percent Change Since 2010: 93.62%
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West 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.

Carmel, IN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 86,940
% Asian: 9.73%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,461
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.81%
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Carmel 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.

Bloomington, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 83,093
% Asian: 9.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,967
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.44%
More on Bloomington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bloomington 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.

Columbus, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 46,474
% Asian: 9.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,424
Percent Change Since 2010: 87.22%
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Columbus 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.

Zionsville, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 25,709
% Asian: 5.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,361
Percent Change Since 2010: 301.47%
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Zionsville 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.

Greenwood, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 54,564
% Asian: 4.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,686
Percent Change Since 2010: 126.09%
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenwood 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.

Munster, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 23,103
% Asian: 4.67%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,078
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.0%
More on Munster: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Munster 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.

Fort Wayne, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 260,954
% Asian: 4.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,532
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.39%
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Coordinates: 410449.62N 850820.94W 41.0804500; -85.1391500

Seymour, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,996
% Asian: 3.97%
# Of Asian Residents: 754
Percent Change Since 2010: 257.35%
More on Seymour: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Seymour 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.

Brownsburg, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 24,072
% Asian: 3.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 950
Percent Change Since 2010: 123.0%
More on Brownsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brownsburg 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:

  1. Alexandria
  2. Monticello
  3. North Manchester

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Indiana

Rank City % Asian Population
1 West Lafayette 22.74% 44,543
2 Carmel 9.73% 86,940
3 Bloomington 9.59% 83,093
4 Columbus 9.52% 46,474
5 Zionsville 5.29% 25,709
6 Greenwood 4.92% 54,564
7 Munster 4.67% 23,103
8 Fort Wayne 4.04% 260,954
9 Seymour 3.97% 18,996
10 Brownsburg 3.95% 24,072
11 Chesterton 3.51% 13,912
12 Schererville 3.34% 28,899
13 Plainfield 3.07% 30,318
14 Batesville 3.02% 6,417
15 Speedway 2.98% 12,145
16 Griffith 2.83% 16,583
17 Indianapolis 2.81% 846,674
18 Crown Point 2.66% 28,743
19 Greensburg 2.66% 12,107
20 Greencastle 2.65% 10,413
21 Valparaiso 2.4% 32,271
22 Noblesville 2.33% 58,719
23 Warsaw 2.32% 14,640
24 Logansport 2.09% 17,924
25 Dyer 1.99% 16,133
26 Mishawaka 1.97% 48,234
27 Madison 1.94% 12,045
28 Highland 1.87% 23,107
29 Lafayette 1.79% 71,249
30 Elkhart 1.69% 52,378
31 Kokomo 1.66% 58,075
32 Huntingburg 1.54% 6,414
33 Terre Haute 1.53% 61,021
34 Muncie 1.43% 69,583
35 Avon 1.43% 15,712
36 Huntington 1.42% 17,340
37 Danville 1.39% 9,482
38 Richmond 1.36% 36,082
39 South Bend 1.34% 101,037
40 Merrillville 1.28% 35,268
41 Jeffersonville 1.26% 46,415
42 Shelbyville 1.25% 19,083
43 Hobart 1.2% 28,693
44 Portage 1.16% 37,054
45 Marion 1.1% 28,698
46 Goshen 1.09% 33,385
47 Kendallville 1.04% 9,980
48 Hammond 1.01% 78,349
49 Greenfield 1.0% 21,380
50 Plymouth 0.96% 10,012
51 Lawrence 0.96% 47,415
52 Nappanee 0.93% 6,767
53 Lake Station 0.91% 12,199
54 Rensselaer 0.9% 5,359
55 New Whiteland 0.88% 5,814
56 Michigan City 0.84% 31,374
57 Bluffton 0.83% 9,702
58 Jasper 0.81% 15,790
59 Bedford 0.8% 13,341
60 Charlestown 0.79% 7,990
61 Clarksville 0.77% 21,812
62 Evansville 0.75% 120,156
63 Mount Vernon 0.73% 6,579
64 Anderson 0.73% 55,342
65 Yor 0.72% 11,232
66 Vincennes 0.7% 18,098
67 Franklin 0.66% 24,021
68 Peru 0.66% 11,415
69 Decatur 0.59% 9,384
70 Mooresville 0.55% 9,553
71 New Albany 0.55% 36,622
72 Crawfordsville 0.53% 15,996
73 Auburn 0.49% 12,758
74 Elwood 0.45% 8,489
75 New Castle 0.44% 17,634
76 New Haven 0.4% 15,677
77 Columbia City 0.39% 9,324
78 Beech Grove 0.38% 14,319
79 Cedar Lake 0.38% 11,872
80 Westville 0.38% 6,862
81 Gas City 0.35% 5,983
82 Gary 0.35% 77,858
83 Cumberland 0.33% 5,422
84 Hartford City 0.31% 6,110
85 St. John 0.3% 15,777
86 Martinsville 0.28% 11,714
87 Angola 0.28% 8,624
88 Washington 0.27% 11,941
89 Connersville 0.27% 13,202
90 Scottsburg 0.25% 6,671
91 La Porte 0.25% 21,876
92 Tell City 0.25% 7,313
93 Rochester 0.25% 6,110
94 North Vernon 0.24% 7,134
95 East Chicago 0.2% 28,961
96 Wabash 0.19% 10,414
97 Princeton 0.19% 8,617
98 Portland 0.18% 6,225
99 Lowell 0.13% 9,423
100 Garrett 0.09% 6,620

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