10 Cities In Maine With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine 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 14,512 – 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 2018:

  1. Portland (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Bangor (Photos | Jobs)
  3. South Portland (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Belfast (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Waterville (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Saco (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Old Town (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Biddeford (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Westbrook (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Rockland (Photos | Jobs)

Which city in Maine had the largest Asian population?

Portland took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Maine for 2018. 3.51% 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 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 Maine.

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 19 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 3.5% to 0.1%.

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 Brewer 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.

1. Portland

Portland, Maine

Population: 66,649
% Asian: 3.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,338
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.04%
More on Portland: Write A Review | Data | JobsPortland 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.

2. Bangor

Bangor, Maine

Source: Public domain

Population: 32,491
% Asian: 2.77%
# Of Asian Residents: 901
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.56%
More on Bangor: Write A Review | Data | JobsBangor 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.

3. South Portland

South Portland, Maine

Population: 25,397
% Asian: 2.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 627
Percent Change Since 2010: -20.93%
More on South Portland: Write A Review | Data | JobsSouth 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.

4. Belfast

Belfast, Maine

Population: 6,641
% Asian: 2.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 163
Percent Change Since 2010: 150.77%
More on Belfast: Write A Review | Data | JobsBelfast is a city in Waldo County, Maine, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,668. Located at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River estuary on Penobscot Bay, Belfast is the county seat of Waldo County. The seaport has a wealth of antique architecture in several historic districts, and remains popular with tourists.

5. Waterville

Waterville, Maine

Population: 16,134
% Asian: 2.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 396
Percent Change Since 2010: 75.22%
More on Waterville: Write A Review | Data | JobsWaterville 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.

6. Saco

Saco, Maine

Population: 19,008
% Asian: 1.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 376
Percent Change Since 2010: 159.31%
More on Saco: Write A Review | Data | JobsSaco 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.

7. Old Town

Old Town, Maine

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,655
% Asian: 1.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 146
Percent Change Since 2010: -52.75%
More on Old Town: Write A Review | Data | JobsOld Town is a city in Penobscot County, Maine, United States. The population was 7,840 at the 2010 census. The city’s developed area is chiefly located on relatively large Marsh Island, though its boundaries extend beyond that. The island is surrounded and defined by the Penobscot River to the east, and the Stillwater River to the west.

8. Biddeford

Biddeford, Maine

Population: 21,341
% Asian: 1.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 407
Percent Change Since 2010: -17.11%
More on Biddeford: Write A Review | Data | JobsBiddeford 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.

9. Westbrook

Westbrook, Maine

Population: 17,969
% Asian: 1.77%
# Of Asian Residents: 318
Percent Change Since 2010: 302.53%
More on Westbrook: Write A Review | Data | JobsWestbrook is a city in Cumberland County, Maine, United States and a suburb of Portland. The population was 17,494 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, Maine metropolitan statistical area.

10. Rockland

Rockland, Maine

Population: 7,220
% Asian: 1.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 117
Percent Change Since 2010: 963.64%
More on Rockland: Write A Review | Data | JobsRockland 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.

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. Brewer
  2. Caribou
  3. Gardiner

For more Maine reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Maine

City Rank % Asian Population
Portland 1 3.51% 66,649
Bangor 2 2.77% 32,491
South Portland 3 2.47% 25,397
Belfast 4 2.45% 6,641
Waterville 5 2.45% 16,134
Saco 6 1.98% 19,008
Old Town 7 1.91% 7,655
Biddeford 8 1.91% 21,341
Westbrook 9 1.77% 17,969
Rockland 10 1.62% 7,220
Auburn 11 1.51% 22,943
Augusta 12 0.91% 18,691
Lewiston 13 0.89% 36,277
Presque Isle 14 0.69% 9,298
Bath 15 0.58% 8,334
Ellsworth 16 0.47% 7,879
Gardiner 17 0.35% 5,670
Caribou 18 0.25% 7,902
Brewer 19 0.13% 9,284

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