10 Cities In Kentucky With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine the cities in Kentucky 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 Kentucky is 56,789 – at 1.3% of the total population of Kentucky.

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 Kentucky? Which cities and towns in Kentucky have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Kentucky with the largest Asian population in 2018:

  1. Union (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Douglass Hills (Jobs)
  3. Bowling Green (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Middletown (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Elizabethtown (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Fort Mitchell (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Lyndon (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Lexington (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Florence (Jobs)
  10. Murray (Photos | Jobs)

Which city in Kentucky had the largest Asian population?

Union took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Kentucky for 2018. 8.07% of Union identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Kentucky 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 Kentucky or the most diverse places in Kentucky.

How We Determined The Cities In Kentucky 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 Kentucky.

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 75 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 8.1% 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. Union took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Lebanon was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Kentucky 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. Union

Union, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,677
% Asian: 8.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 458
Percent Change Since 2010: 191.72%
More on Union: Write A Review | Data | JobsUnion is a home rule-class city in Boone County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 5,379 as of the 2010 United States Census. The area was rural until mass residential growth in the 1990s and 2000s.

2. Douglass Hills


Population: 5,645
% Asian: 7.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 436
Percent Change Since 2010: 167.48%
More on Douglass Hills: Write A Review | Data | JobsDouglass Hills is a home rule-class city in eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 5,718 at the 2000 census.

3. Bowling Green

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Population: 62,824
% Asian: 4.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,026
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.48%
More on Bowling Green: Write A Review | Data | JobsBowling Green is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Warren County, Kentucky, United States. As of 2016, its population of 65,234 made it the third most-populous city in the state after Louisville and Lexington; its metropolitan area had an estimated population of 165,732; and the combined statistical area it shares with Glasgow has an estimated population of 218,870.

4. Middletown

Middletown, Kentucky

Population: 7,773
% Asian: 4.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 367
Percent Change Since 2010: 139.87%
More on Middletown: Write A Review | Data | JobsMiddletown is an independent, home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States, and a former neighborhood of Louisville. The population was 7,218 at the 2010 census.

5. Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

Population: 29,835
% Asian: 4.2%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,254
Percent Change Since 2010: 62.65%
More on Elizabethtown: Write A Review | Data | JobsElizabethtown is a home rule-class city and the county seat of Hardin County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 28,531 at the 2010 census, and was estimated at 29,906 by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2016, making it the 11th-largest city in the state. It is included in the Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Louisville/Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Madison, Kentucky-Indiana Combined Statistical Area.

6. Fort Mitchell

Fort Mitchell, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,245
% Asian: 4.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 336
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.7%
More on Fort Mitchell: Write A Review | Data | JobsFort Mitchell is a home rule-class city in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 8,207 at the 2010 census.

7. Lyndon

Lyndon, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,310
% Asian: 3.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 418
Percent Change Since 2010: 56.55%
More on Lyndon: Write A Review | Data | JobsLyndon is a home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 9,369 at the 2000 U.S. census.

8. Lexington

Lexington, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

Population: 311,529
% Asian: 3.48%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,853
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.43%
More on Lexington: Write A Review | Data | JobsLexington, consolidated with Fayette County and often denoted as Lexington-Fayette, is the second-largest city in Kentucky and the 60th-largest city in the United States. By land area, Lexington is the 28th largest city in the United States. Known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” it is the heart of the state’s Bluegrass region. With a mayor-alderman form of government, it is one of two cities in Kentucky designated by the state as first-class; the other is the state’s largest city of Louisville. In the 2016 U.S. Census Estimate, the city’s population was 318,449, anchoring a metropolitan area of 506,751 people and a combined statistical area of 723,849 people. Due to constant increases in population, Lexington suffers some of the worst traffic congestion in Kentucky, because two interstates bypass the city to the north and east, resulting in a lack of freeways going through the most populated areas of the city.

9. Florence


Population: 31,735
% Asian: 3.18%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,010
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.45%
More on Florence: Write A Review | Data | JobsFlorence is a home rule-class city in Boone County, Kentucky, United States. Florence is part of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. The population was 29,951 at the 2010 census.

10. Murray

Murray, Kentucky

Population: 18,726
% Asian: 2.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 530
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.16%
More on Murray: Write A Review | Data | JobsMurray is a home rule-class city in Calloway County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is the seat of Calloway County and the 20th-largest city in Kentucky. The city’s population was 17,741 during the 2010 U.S. census, and its micropolitan area’s population was 37,191.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Kentucky

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Kentucky according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Kentucky:

  1. Lebanon
  2. Hillview
  3. Versailles

For more Kentucky reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Kentucky

City Rank % Asian Population
Union 1 8.07% 5,677
Douglass Hills 2 7.72% 5,645
Bowling Green 3 4.82% 62,824
Middletown 4 4.72% 7,773
Elizabethtown 5 4.2% 29,835
Fort Mitchell 6 4.08% 8,245
Lyndon 7 3.7% 11,310
Lexington 8 3.48% 311,529
Florence 9 3.18% 31,735
Murray 10 2.83% 18,726
Louisville 11 2.42% 611,573
Shelbyville 12 2.37% 15,039
Radcliff 13 2.22% 22,806
Frankfort 14 2.01% 27,598
Jeffersontown 15 1.74% 27,395
Corbin 16 1.68% 7,306
Erlanger 17 1.68% 18,565
St. Matthews 18 1.66% 17,930
La Grange 19 1.64% 8,481
Oak Grove 20 1.51% 7,487
Independence 21 1.48% 26,317
Owensboro 22 1.47% 58,685
Richmond 23 1.45% 33,583
Shively 24 1.38% 15,625
Fort Wright 25 1.33% 5,732
Hopkinsville 26 1.31% 32,442
Georgetown 27 1.21% 31,708
Maysville 28 1.17% 8,883
Danville 29 1.08% 16,645
Berea 30 1.07% 14,667
Campbellsville 31 1.01% 11,329
Cold Spring 32 1.01% 6,168
Edgewood 33 0.95% 8,703
Middlesborough 34 0.92% 9,842
Harrodsburg 35 0.92% 8,409
London 36 0.86% 8,111
Morehead 37 0.8% 7,615
Winchester 38 0.77% 18,395
Lawrenceburg 39 0.76% 11,081
Ashland 40 0.74% 21,294
Fort Thomas 41 0.73% 16,317
Madisonville 42 0.72% 19,615
Pikeville 43 0.7% 7,266
Alexandria 44 0.61% 8,878
Paris 45 0.56% 9,836
Dayton 46 0.56% 5,385
Williamsburg 47 0.55% 5,263
Paducah 48 0.53% 25,010
Covington 49 0.51% 40,766
Highland Heights 50 0.46% 7,136
Bellevue 51 0.46% 5,879
Glasgow 52 0.45% 14,338
Nicholasville 53 0.44% 29,249
Flatwoods 54 0.41% 7,358
Henderson 55 0.38% 28,870
Bardstown 56 0.33% 13,026
Mayfield 57 0.27% 10,078
Cynthiana 58 0.25% 6,376
Elsmere 59 0.25% 8,488
Mount Washington 60 0.21% 14,088
Shepherdsville 61 0.2% 11,869
Villa Hills 62 0.14% 7,404
Russellville 63 0.11% 6,998
Franklin 64 0.08% 8,706
Mount Sterling 65 0.07% 7,136
Newport 66 0.06% 15,321
Somerset 67 0.04% 11,415
Leitchfield 68 0.0% 6,850
Princeton 69 0.0% 6,215
Central City 70 0.0% 5,895
Taylor Mill 71 0.0% 6,719
Monticello 72 0.0% 6,116
Versailles 73 0.0% 9,091
Hillview 74 0.0% 8,688
Lebanon 75 0.0% 5,604

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