10 Cities In Kansas With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


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

  1. Overland Park (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Manhattan (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Lawrence (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Garden City (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Wichita (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Bel Aire (Jobs)
  7. Olathe (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Leawood (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Winfield (Photos | Jobs)
  10. 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.

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

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*
* 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 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

Overland Park, Kansas

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.

2. Manhattan

Manhattan, Kansas

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.

3. Lawrence

Lawrence, Kansas

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

Garden City, Kansas

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.

5. Wichita

Wichita, Kansas

Source: Public domain

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.

7. Olathe

Olathe, Kansas

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.

8. Leawood

Leawood, Kansas

Source: Public domain

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.

9. Winfield

Winfield, Kansas

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

Kansas City, Kansas

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:

  1. De Soto
  2. Ulysses
  3. Iola

For more Kansas reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Kansas

City Rank % Asian Population
Overland Park 1 7.04% 183,775
Manhattan 2 5.79% 55,909
Lawrence 3 5.44% 92,611
Garden City 4 5.4% 26,916
Wichita 5 4.94% 388,033
Bel Aire 6 4.55% 7,214
Olathe 7 4.35% 132,787
Leawood 8 4.2% 33,763
Winfield 9 3.88% 12,283
Kansas City 10 3.84% 149,755
Mission 11 3.67% 9,490
Lenexa 12 3.46% 51,206
Shawnee 13 3.36% 64,444
Junction City 14 3.28% 25,016
Liberal 15 3.26% 20,709
Pittsburg 16 3.25% 20,399
Park City 17 3.04% 7,273
Merriam 18 2.88% 11,248
Salina 19 2.8% 47,676
Emporia 20 2.45% 24,707
Derby 21 2.21% 23,847
Independence 22 2.19% 9,084
Eudora 23 2.17% 6,116
Leavenworth 24 2.14% 35,948
Mulvane 25 2.12% 5,461
Gardner 26 2.12% 20,667
Lansing 27 2.07% 11,706
Roeland Park 28 2.02% 6,816
Andover 29 1.96% 12,477
Hays 30 1.74% 21,073
Dodge City 31 1.61% 27,875
Fort Scott 32 1.45% 7,852
Topeka 33 1.39% 127,472
Concordia 34 1.25% 5,273
Coffeyville 35 1.1% 9,796
Haysville 36 1.05% 11,393
Prairie Village 37 1.02% 21,824
Mcpherson 38 0.86% 13,212
Bonner Springs 39 0.85% 7,567
Arkansas City 40 0.73% 12,198
Hutchinson 41 0.71% 41,661
El Dorado 42 0.43% 13,102
Pratt 43 0.38% 6,879
Colby 44 0.37% 5,460
Atchison 45 0.34% 10,798
Wellington 46 0.29% 7,950
Valley Center 47 0.26% 6,420
Great Bend 48 0.26% 15,741
Newton 49 0.18% 19,103
Chanute 50 0.14% 9,216
Abilene 51 0.03% 6,598
Paola 52 0.0% 5,583
Parsons 53 0.0% 10,111
Ottawa 54 0.0% 12,433
Augusta 55 0.0% 9,262
Iola 56 0.0% 5,560
Ulysses 57 0.0% 5,768
De Soto 58 0.0% 5,982

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