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 78,263 – 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 2018:
- Abbeville (Photos | Jobs)
- Scott (Photos | Jobs)
- Kenner (Photos | Jobs)
- Baton Rouge (Photos | Jobs)
- Alexandria (Photos | Jobs)
- Westwego (Photos | Jobs)
- New Orleans (Photos | Jobs)
- New Iberia (Photos | Jobs)
- Ruston (Photos | Jobs)
- Leesville (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in Louisiana had the largest Asian population?
Abbeville took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Louisiana for 2018. 6.02% 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.
How We Determined The Cities In Louisiana 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 Louisiana.
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 61 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 6.0% 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. Abbeville took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Breaux Bridge 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.
Population: 12,408% Asian: 6.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 747
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.56%
More on Abbeville: Write A Review | Data | JobsAbbeville 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.
Population: 8,687% Asian: 4.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 353
Percent Change Since 2010: 1434.78%
More on Scott: Write A Review | Data | JobsScott 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.
Population: 66,954% Asian: 4.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,694
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.02%
More on Kenner: Write A Review | Data | JobsKenner 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.
4. Baton Rouge
Population: 228,694% Asian: 3.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,206
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.35%
More on Baton Rouge: Write A Review | Data | JobsBaton 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.
Population: 48,044% Asian: 3.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,607
Percent Change Since 2010: 161.3%
More on Alexandria: Write A Review | Data | JobsAlexandria 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.
Population: 8,545% Asian: 3.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 285
Percent Change Since 2010: 562.79%
More on Westwego: Write A Review | Data | JobsWestwego 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.
7. New Orleans
Population: 382,922% Asian: 2.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,062
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.03%
More on New Orleans: Write A Review | Data | JobsNew Orleans ) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.
8. New Iberia
Population: 30,717% Asian: 2.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 863
Percent Change Since 2010: -20.75%
More on New Iberia: Write A Review | Data | JobsNew Iberia is the parish seat of Iberia Parish, Louisiana, United States. It is a small city located 30 miles southeast of Lafayette.
Population: 22,245% Asian: 2.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 579
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.97%
More on Ruston: Write A Review | Data | JobsRuston 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.
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:
- Breaux Bridge
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Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Louisiana