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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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 Louisiana is 80,543 – at 1.7% of the total population of Louisiana.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Louisiana with the largest Asian population in 2019:

  1. Abbeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Scott (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Alexandria (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Kenner (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Baton Rouge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Westwego (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. New Orleans (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Ruston (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. New Iberia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Leesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Louisiana had the largest Asian population?

Abbeville took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Louisiana for 2019. 5.39% of Abbeville identify as Asian.

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

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

How We Determined The Cities In Louisiana 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 Louisiana.

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 61 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 5.4% 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. Abbeville took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Jeanerette was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Louisiana 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.

Abbeville, LA

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 12,350
% Asian: 5.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 666
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.9%
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Abbeville is a city in and the parish seat of Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, United States, 150 miles west of New Orleans and 60 miles southwest of Baton Rouge. The population was 12,257 at the 2010 census.

Scott, LA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,784
% Asian: 5.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 440
Percent Change Since 2010: 1813.04%
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Scott is the fourth largest municipality in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population rose to over 8,000 according to the 2010 census results. Scott is a suburb of Lafayette and is part of the Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Alexandria, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 47,954
% Asian: 3.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,840
Percent Change Since 2010: 199.19%
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Alexandria is the ninth-largest city in the state of Louisiana and is the parish seat of Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. It lies on the south bank of the Red River in almost the exact geographic center of the state. It is the principal city of the Alexandria metropolitan area which encompasses all of Rapides and Grant parishes. Its neighboring city is Pineville. In 2010, the population was 47,723, an increase of 3 percent from the 2000 census.

Kenner, LA

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 67,253
% Asian: 3.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,566
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.99%
More on Kenner: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kenner is the sixth-largest city in the U.S. State of Louisiana. It is the largest city in Jefferson Parish, United States, Louisiana’s second-most populous parish, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 66,702 at the 2010 census.

Baton Rouge, LA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 227,549
% Asian: 3.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,239
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.81%
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Baton Rouge ) is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and its second-largest city. It forms the parish seat of East Baton Rouge Parish and is located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River.

Westwego, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,557
% Asian: 3.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 303
Percent Change Since 2010: 604.65%
More on Westwego: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westwego is a city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 8,534 at the 2010 census. It lies along the west bank of the Mississippi River.

New Orleans, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 388,182
% Asian: 2.94%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,428
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.2%
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New Orleans ) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.

Ruston, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 22,154
% Asian: 2.76%
# Of Asian Residents: 612
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.52%
More on Ruston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ruston is a small city and the parish seat of Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, United States. it is the largest city in the Eastern Ark-La-Tex region. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 21,859, reflecting an increase of 6.4 percent from the count of 20,546 counted in the 2000 Census. Ruston is near the eastern border of the Ark-La-Tex region and is the home of Louisiana Tech University. Its economy is therefore based on its college population. Ruston hosts the annual Peach Festival.

New Iberia, LA

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,292
% Asian: 2.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 721
Percent Change Since 2010: -33.79%
More on New Iberia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Iberia is the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is a small city located 30 miles southeast of Lafayette.

Leesville, LA

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,335
% Asian: 2.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 132
Percent Change Since 2010: -5.04%
More on Leesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Louisiana

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

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

  1. Jeanerette
  2. Plaquemine
  3. Rayne

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Louisiana

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Abbeville 5.39% 12,350
2 Scott 5.01% 8,784
3 Alexandria 3.84% 47,954
4 Kenner 3.82% 67,253
5 Baton Rouge 3.62% 227,549
6 Westwego 3.54% 8,557
7 New Orleans 2.94% 388,182
8 Ruston 2.76% 22,154
9 New Iberia 2.38% 30,292
10 Leesville 2.08% 6,335
11 Lafayette 2.05% 126,476
12 Lake Charles 1.98% 75,194
13 Mandeville 1.97% 12,215
14 Bossier City 1.89% 67,511
15 Slidell 1.63% 27,755
16 Oakdale 1.55% 7,669
17 West Monroe 1.55% 12,874
18 Gonzales 1.52% 10,558
19 Shreveport 1.51% 196,217
20 Broussard 1.46% 10,888
21 Covington 1.42% 9,925
22 Hammond 1.23% 20,325
23 Zachary 1.2% 16,879
24 Walker 1.15% 6,266
25 Deridder 1.08% 10,995
26 Monroe 0.98% 48,938
27 Thibodaux 0.92% 14,488
28 Gretna 0.86% 17,888
29 Port Allen 0.85% 5,086
30 Ponchatoula 0.83% 7,015
31 Opelousas 0.74% 16,480
32 Franklin 0.73% 7,244
33 Houma 0.73% 33,784
34 Baker 0.7% 13,694
35 Patterson 0.68% 6,067
36 Central 0.65% 28,462
37 Marksville 0.56% 5,519
38 Youngsville 0.53% 11,950
39 Minden 0.52% 12,614
40 Harahan 0.51% 9,367
41 Pineville 0.49% 14,381
42 Sulphur 0.37% 20,237
43 Carencro 0.32% 8,620
44 Morgan City 0.32% 11,685
45 Natchitoches 0.31% 18,176
46 Crowley 0.31% 13,047
47 Bogalusa 0.29% 11,852
48 Bastrop 0.23% 10,643
49 Jennings 0.08% 10,084
50 Tallulah 0.0% 7,013
51 Eunice 0.0% 10,305
52 Ville Platte 0.0% 7,259
53 Donaldsonville 0.0% 7,975
54 Breaux Bridge 0.0% 8,291
55 Springhill 0.0% 5,054
56 Denham Springs 0.0% 10,066
57 St. Martinville 0.0% 6,058
58 St. Gabriel 0.0% 7,094
59 Rayne 0.0% 8,079
60 Plaquemine 0.0% 6,812
61 Jeanerette 0.0% 5,465

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