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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Maine 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 Maine 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 Maine is 14,653 – at 1.1% of the total population of Maine.

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

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

  1. Portland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Biddeford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bangor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Waterville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. South Portland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Auburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Saco (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Rockland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Augusta (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lewiston (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Maine had the largest Asian population?

Portland took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Maine for 2019. 3.75% of Portland identify as Asian.

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

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

How We Determined The Cities In Maine 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 Maine.

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 19 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 3.8% 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. Portland took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Belfast was the least Asian city.

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

Portland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 66,715
% Asian: 3.75%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,504
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.72%
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Portland is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Maine, with a population of 66,937 as of 2016. This makes it the fourth least populous city in the U.S. to be the most populous in its state. The Greater Portland metropolitan area is home to over half a million people, more than one-third of Maine’s total population. The Old Port district is frequented by tourists, while Portland Head Light is also a destination. The city seal depicts a phoenix rising from ashes, which is a reference to the recoveries from four devastating fires. Portland was named after the English Isle of Portland, and the city of Portland, Oregon, was in turn named after Portland, Maine.

Biddeford, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,413
% Asian: 2.8%
# Of Asian Residents: 599
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.0%
More on Biddeford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Biddeford is a city in York County, Maine, United States. It is the principal commercial center of York County. The population was 21,277 at the 2010 census. Twin city of Saco, Biddeford includes the resort community of Biddeford Pool, Fortunes Rocks and Granite Point. The town is the site of the University of New England and the annual La Kermesse Franco-Americaine Festival. First visited by Europeans in 1616, it is the site of one of the earliest European settlements in the United States.

Bangor, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 32,237
% Asian: 2.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 769
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.97%
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Bangor is a city along the Penobscot River in the U.S. state of Maine. The city proper has a population of 33,039, while the Bangor metropolitan area has a population of 153,746. Bangor is known as the “Queen City” of Maine.

Waterville, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,374
% Asian: 2.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 386
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.8%
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Waterville is a city in Kennebec County of the U.S. state of Maine, United States, on the west bank of the Kennebec River. Home to Colby College and Thomas College, the population was 15,722 at the 2010 census. Waterville is also the latter of the cities which make up the Augusta-Waterville, ME Micropolitan Statistical Area.

South Portland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 25,431
% Asian: 2.17%
# Of Asian Residents: 553
Percent Change Since 2010: -30.26%
More on South Portland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

South Portland is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States, and is the fourth-largest city in the state, incorporated in 1898. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 25,002. Known for its working waterfront, South Portland is situated on Portland Harbor and overlooks the skyline of Portland and the islands of Casco Bay. Due to South Portland’s close proximity to air, marine, rail, and highway transportation options, the city has become a center for retail and industry in the region.

Auburn, ME

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 22,941
% Asian: 1.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 359
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.56%
More on Auburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Auburn is a city in and the county seat of Androscoggin County, Maine, United States. The population was 23,055 at the 2010 census. Auburn and Lewiston are known locally as the Twin Cities or Lewiston-Auburn.

Saco, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 19,127
% Asian: 1.27%
# Of Asian Residents: 243
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.59%
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Saco is a city in York County, Maine, United States. The population was 18,482 at the 2010 census. It is home to Ferry Beach State Park, Funtown Splashtown USA, Thornton Academy, as well as General Dynamics Armament Systems, a subsidiary of the defense contractor General Dynamics. Saco sees much tourism during summer months, due to its amusement parks, Ferry Beach State Park, and proximity to Old Orchard Beach.

Rockland, ME

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,204
% Asian: 1.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 86
Percent Change Since 2010: 681.82%
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Rockland is a city in Knox County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,297. It is the county seat of Knox County. The city is a popular tourist destination. It is a departure point for the Maine State Ferry Service to the islands of Penobscot Bay: Vinalhaven, North Haven and Matinicus.

Augusta, ME

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,626
% Asian: 1.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 198
Percent Change Since 2010: -36.33%
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Augusta is the capital of the U.S. state of Maine and the county seat of Kennebec County.

Lewiston, ME

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 36,211
% Asian: 1.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 383
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.99%
More on Lewiston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lewiston is the second largest city in Maine and the most central city in Androscoggin County. The city borders the coastal sideways of the Gulf of Maine and is south of Augusta, the state’s capital and north of Portland, the cultural hub of Maine. It is one-half of the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Statistical Area, commonly referred to as “L.A.” or “L-A.” Lewiston exerts a significant impact upon the diversity, religious variety, commerce, education, and economic power of Maine. It is known for a relatively low cost of living, substantial access to medical care, and an extremely low violent crime rate. While the dominant language spoken in the city is English, it is home to the largest French-speaking population in the United States while it is second to St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, in percentage of speakers.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Maine

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

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

  1. Belfast
  2. Caribou
  3. Brewer

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Maine

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Portland 3.75% 66,715
2 Biddeford 2.8% 21,413
3 Bangor 2.39% 32,237
4 Waterville 2.36% 16,374
5 South Portland 2.17% 25,431
6 Auburn 1.56% 22,941
7 Saco 1.27% 19,127
8 Rockland 1.19% 7,204
9 Augusta 1.06% 18,626
10 Lewiston 1.06% 36,211
11 Westbrook 0.99% 18,156
12 Presque Isle 0.94% 9,246
13 Ellsworth 0.88% 7,916
14 Old Town 0.84% 7,594
15 Bath 0.66% 8,314
16 Gardiner 0.18% 5,672
17 Brewer 0.17% 9,167
18 Caribou 0.0% 7,827
19 Belfast 0.0% 6,680

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