These Are The 10 Kentucky Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019


We used data and science to determine the cities in Kentucky with the largest Asian population.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking 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 59,254 – 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 2019:

  1. Union (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Douglass Hills (Homes For Sale)
  3. Bowling Green (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Fort Mitchell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Elizabethtown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lyndon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lexington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Murray (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Jeffersontown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Fort Wright (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Kentucky had the largest Asian population?

Union took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Kentucky for 2019. 7.98% 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 8.0% 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. 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.

Union, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,751
% Asian: 7.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 459
Percent Change Since 2010: 192.36%
More on Union: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Union 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.

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,677
% Asian: 7.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 412
Percent Change Since 2010: 152.76%
More on Douglass Hills: Real Estate | Data

Douglass Hills is a home rule-class city in eastern Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 5,718 at the 2000 census.

Bowling Green, KY

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 64,302
% Asian: 4.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,136
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.33%
More on Bowling Green: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bowling 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.

Fort Mitchell, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,239
% Asian: 4.67%
# Of Asian Residents: 385
Percent Change Since 2010: 94.44%
More on Fort Mitchell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fort Mitchell is a home rule-class city in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 8,207 at the 2010 census.

Elizabethtown, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 29,794
% Asian: 4.15%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,236
Percent Change Since 2010: 60.31%
More on Elizabethtown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elizabethtown 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.

Lyndon, KY

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,394
% Asian: 3.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 442
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.54%
More on Lyndon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lyndon is a home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 9,369 at the 2000 U.S. census.

Lexington, KY

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 315,109
% Asian: 3.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,208
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.21%
More on Lexington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lexington, 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.

Murray, KY

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,900
% Asian: 3.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 662
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.1%
More on Murray: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Murray 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.

Jeffersontown, KY

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 27,406
% Asian: 3.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 828
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.05%
More on Jeffersontown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jeffersontown is a home rule-class city in Jefferson County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 26,595 at the 2010 U.S. census.

Fort Wright, KY

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 5,718
% Asian: 2.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 147
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.12%
More on Fort Wright: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fort Wright is a home rule-class city in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 5,723 at the 2010 census.

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. Monticello
  3. Leitchfield

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Kentucky

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Union 7.98% 5,751
2 Douglass Hills 7.26% 5,677
3 Bowling Green 4.88% 64,302
4 Fort Mitchell 4.67% 8,239
5 Elizabethtown 4.15% 29,794
6 Lyndon 3.88% 11,394
7 Lexington 3.56% 315,109
8 Murray 3.5% 18,900
9 Jeffersontown 3.02% 27,406
10 Fort Wright 2.57% 5,718
11 Louisville 2.53% 615,478
12 Florence 2.34% 31,603
13 Radcliff 2.21% 22,718
14 Middletown 2.12% 7,817
15 Frankfort 2.09% 27,453
16 Erlanger 2.09% 18,674
17 Morehead 2.07% 7,663
18 Campbellsville 2.05% 11,364
19 Owensboro 1.77% 58,791
20 Independence 1.64% 26,772
21 St. Matthews 1.62% 17,993
22 La Grange 1.58% 8,620
23 Franklin 1.44% 8,675
24 Georgetown 1.31% 32,142
25 Harrodsburg 1.26% 8,351
26 Nicholasville 1.26% 29,547
27 Hopkinsville 1.24% 31,741
28 Richmond 1.21% 33,993
29 Edgewood 1.21% 8,688
30 Danville 1.18% 16,657
31 Pikeville 1.12% 7,065
32 London 1.1% 8,000
33 Highland Heights 1.08% 7,128
34 Maysville 1.02% 8,804
35 Fort Thomas 0.94% 16,254
36 Madisonville 0.92% 19,303
37 Berea 0.86% 14,927
38 Lawrenceburg 0.79% 11,087
39 Shelbyville 0.78% 15,318
40 Shepherdsville 0.76% 12,006
41 Bellevue 0.74% 5,838
42 Winchester 0.72% 18,364
43 Cold Spring 0.72% 6,283
44 Paris 0.67% 9,807
45 Ashland 0.67% 21,035
46 Paducah 0.64% 24,879
47 Covington 0.61% 40,578
48 Mayfield 0.6% 9,936
49 Williamsburg 0.55% 5,261
50 Henderson 0.53% 28,859
51 Shively 0.48% 15,701
52 Middlesborough 0.46% 9,709
53 Alexandria 0.44% 9,022
54 Mount Washington 0.38% 14,285
55 Oak Grove 0.38% 7,426
56 Versailles 0.37% 9,132
57 Flatwoods 0.37% 7,274
58 Glasgow 0.29% 14,318
59 Russellville 0.27% 7,015
60 Taylor Mill 0.24% 6,739
61 Newport 0.12% 15,219
62 Mount Sterling 0.1% 7,139
63 Corbin 0.0% 7,315
64 Bardstown 0.0% 13,034
65 Villa Hills 0.0% 7,397
66 Central City 0.0% 5,841
67 Somerset 0.0% 11,334
68 Elsmere 0.0% 8,555
69 Cynthiana 0.0% 6,328
70 Dayton 0.0% 5,378
71 Princeton 0.0% 6,173
72 Hillview 0.0% 8,913
73 Leitchfield 0.0% 6,826
74 Monticello 0.0% 6,120
75 Lebanon 0.0% 5,584

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