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 Kansas is 77,012 – at 2.7% of the total population of Kansas.
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 Kansas? Which cities and towns in Kansas have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Kansas with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- Overland Park (Photos | Jobs)
- Manhattan (Photos | Jobs)
- Lawrence (Photos | Jobs)
- Garden City (Photos | Jobs)
- Wichita (Photos | Jobs)
- Bel Aire (Jobs)
- Olathe (Photos | Jobs)
- Leawood (Photos | Jobs)
- Winfield (Photos | Jobs)
- Kansas City (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in Kansas had the largest Asian population?
Overland Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Kansas for 2018. 7.04% of Overland Park identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Kansas ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Kansas 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 Kansas.
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 58 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 7.0% 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. Overland Park took the distinction of being the most Asian, while De Soto was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Kansas 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. Overland Park
Population: 183,775% Asian: 7.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,929
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.33%
More on Overland Park: Write A Review | Data | JobsOverland Park is the second most populous city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in Johnson County, it is also the second most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 173,372.
Population: 55,909% Asian: 5.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,238
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.38%
More on Manhattan: Write A Review | Data | JobsManhattan is a city in northeastern Kansas in the United States at the junction of the Kansas River and Big Blue River. It is the county seat of Riley County, although it extends into Pottawatomie County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 52,281.
Population: 92,611% Asian: 5.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,037
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.64%
More on Lawrence: Write A Review | Data | JobsLawrence is the county seat of Douglas County and sixth largest city in Kansas. It is located in the northeastern sector of the state, next to Interstate 70, between the Kansas and Wakarusa Rivers. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 87,643. Lawrence is a college town and the home to the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University.
4. Garden City
Population: 26,916% Asian: 5.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,453
Percent Change Since 2010: 80.72%
More on Garden City: Write A Review | Data | JobsGarden City is a city in and the county seat of Finney County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 26,658. The city is home to Garden City Community College and the Lee Richardson Zoo, the largest zoological park in western Kansas.
Population: 388,033% Asian: 4.94%
# Of Asian Residents: 19,174
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.04%
More on Wichita: Write A Review | Data | JobsWichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area whose estimated population in 2015 was 644,610. As of 2016, the city of Wichita had an estimated population of 389,902.
6. Bel Aire
Population: 7,214 % Asian: 4.55%
# Of Asian Residents: 328
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.39%
More on Bel Aire: Write A Review | Data | JobsBel Aire is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,769.
Population: 132,787% Asian: 4.35%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,775
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.86%
More on Olathe: Write A Review | Data | JobsOlathe is a city in, and is the county seat of, Johnson County, Kansas, United States. Located in northeastern Kansas, it is the fourth most populous city in Kansas, with a population of 125,872 persons as of 2010. Olathe is also the fourth-largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is bordered by the cities of Lenexa to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the northwest, and Gardner to the southwest.
Population: 33,763% Asian: 4.2%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,417
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.73%
More on Leawood: Write A Review | Data | JobsLeawood is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States, and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 31,867.
Population: 12,283% Asian: 3.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 477
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.11%
More on Winfield: Write A Review | Data | JobsWinfield is a city and county seat of Cowley County, Kansas, United States. It is situated along the Walnut River in South Central Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,301 and second most populous city of Cowley County.
10. Kansas City
Population: 149,755% Asian: 3.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,751
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.98%
More on Kansas City: Write A Review | Data | JobsKansas City is the third-largest city in the state of Kansas, the county seat of Wyandotte County, and the third-largest city of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Kansas City, Kansas is abbreviated as “KCK” to differentiate it from Kansas City, Missouri. It is part of a consolidated city-county government known as the “Unified Government”. Wyandotte County also includes the independent cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 145,786 residents. It is situated at Kaw Point, which is the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Kansas
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Kansas according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Kansas:
- De Soto
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