Maine Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020

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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 14,814 - 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?

Here are the cities in maine with the largest Asian population in 2020:

  1. Portland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Biddeford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Waterville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Bangor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. South Portland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Rockland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Ellsworth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Presque Isle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Auburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Old Town (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 2020. 3.47% 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Maine For 2020

Portland, ME

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Population: 66,735
% Asian: 3.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,314
Percent Change Since 2010: -11.95%
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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

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Population: 21,452
% Asian: 3.21%
# Of Asian Residents: 689
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.33%
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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.

Waterville, ME

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Population: 16,515
% Asian: 2.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 477
Percent Change Since 2010: 111.06%
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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.

Bangor, ME

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Population: 32,098
% Asian: 2.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 815
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.15%
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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.

South Portland, ME

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Population: 25,515
% Asian: 1.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 489
Percent Change Since 2010: -38.34%
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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.

Rockland, ME

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Population: 7,190
% Asian: 1.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 100
Percent Change Since 2010: 809.09%
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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.

Ellsworth, ME

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Population: 7,960
% Asian: 1.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 107
Percent Change Since 2010: 529.41%
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Ellsworth is a city in and the county seat of Hancock County, Maine, United States. The 2010 Census determined it had a population of 7,741. Ellsworth was Maine's fastest growing city from 2000-2010, with a growth rate of nearly 20 percent. With historic buildings and other points of interest, Ellsworth is popular with tourists.

Presque Isle, ME

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Population: 9,162
% Asian: 1.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 119
Percent Change Since 2010: 466.67%
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Presque Isle is the commercial center and largest city in Aroostook County, Maine, United States. The population was 9,171 in 2015 as estimated by the US Census, a decrease from the count of 9,692 in the 2010 Census. The city is home to the University of Maine at Presque Isle, Northern Maine Community College, Husson University Presque Isle, Northern Maine Fairgrounds, The Aroostook Centre Mall, and the Northern Maine Regional Airport.

Auburn, ME

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Population: 23,064
% Asian: 1.28%
# Of Asian Residents: 295
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.22%
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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.

Old Town, ME

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Population: 7,549
% Asian: 1.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 92
Percent Change Since 2010: -70.23%
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Old 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.

How We Determined The Cities In maine With The Largest Asian Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 0.0%.

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 Gardiner was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Gardiner
  2. Bath
  3. Belfast

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Maine

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Portland 3.47% 66,735
2 Biddeford 3.21% 21,452
3 Waterville 2.89% 16,515
4 Bangor 2.54% 32,098
5 South Portland 1.92% 25,515
6 Rockland 1.39% 7,190
7 Ellsworth 1.34% 7,960
8 Presque Isle 1.3% 9,162
9 Auburn 1.28% 23,064
10 Old Town 1.22% 7,549
11 Augusta 1.18% 18,635
12 Westbrook 1.12% 18,417
13 Lewiston 1.1% 36,097
14 Saco 0.88% 19,342
15 Brewer 0.23% 9,123
16 Caribou 0.0% 7,749
17 Belfast 0.0% 6,696
18 Bath 0.0% 8,320
19 Gardiner 0.0% 5,667

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