10 Cities In Massachusetts With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine the cities in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts is 409,643 – at 6.1% of the total population of Massachusetts.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Massachusetts with the largest Asian population in 2018:

  1. Quincy (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Malden (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Lowell (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Cambridge (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Newton (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Waltham (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Somerville (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Boston (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Braintree Town (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Medford (Photos | Jobs)

Which city in Massachusetts had the largest Asian population?

Quincy took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Massachusetts for 2018. 28.01% of Quincy identify as Asian.

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

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

How We Determined The Cities In Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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 12,000 people. That left us with 53 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 28.0% 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. Quincy took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Palmer Town was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Massachusetts 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. Quincy

Quincy, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 93,349
% Asian: 28.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 26,143
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.5%
More on Quincy: Write A Review | Data | JobsQuincy is the largest city in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. It is a major part of Metropolitan Boston and is Boston’s immediate southern suburb. Its population in 2014 was 93,397, making it the 8th-largest city in the state. Known as the “City of Presidents,” Quincy is the birthplace of two U.S. presidents – John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams – as well as John Hancock, a President of the Continental Congress and the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.

2. Malden

Malden, Massachusetts

Population: 60,732
% Asian: 22.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,925
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.41%
More on Malden: Write A Review | Data | JobsMalden is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. At the time of the 2010 United States Census, the population was at 59,450 people. In 2009, Malden was named the “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” in Massachusetts by Bloomberg Businessweek.

3. Lowell

Lowell, Massachusetts

Population: 109,871
% Asian: 21.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,114
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.04%
More on Lowell: Write A Review | Data | JobsLowell is a city in the U.S. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Located in Middlesex County, Lowell was a county seat until Massachusetts disbanded county government in 1999. With an estimated population of 109,945 in 2014, it is the fourth-largest city in Massachusetts, and the second-largest in the Boston metropolitan statistical area. The city is also part of a smaller Massachusetts statistical area called Greater Lowell, as well as New England’s Merrimack Valley region.

4. Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Population: 108,757
% Asian: 15.2%
# Of Asian Residents: 16,534
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.96%
More on Cambridge: Write A Review | Data | JobsCambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

5. Newton

Newton, Massachusetts

Population: 88,317
% Asian: 13.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,303
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.75%
More on Newton: Write A Review | Data | JobsNewton is a suburban city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is approximately 7 miles west of downtown Boston and is bordered by Boston’s Brighton and West Roxbury neighborhoods to the east and south, respectively, and by the suburb of Brookline to the east, the suburbs of Watertown and Waltham to the north, and Wellesley and Needham to the west. Rather than having a single city center, Newton resembles a patchwork of thirteen villages. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Newton was 85,146, making it the eleventh largest city in the state.

6. Waltham

Waltham, Massachusetts

Population: 62,699
% Asian: 12.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,585
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.6%
More on Waltham: Write A Review | Data | JobsWaltham is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States, and was an early center for the labor movement as well as a major contributor to the American Industrial Revolution. The original home of the Boston Manufacturing Company, the city was a prototype for 19th century industrial city planning, spawning what became known as the Waltham-Lowell system of labor and production. The city is now a center for research and higher education, home to Brandeis University and Bentley University. The population was 60,636 at the census in 2010.

7. Somerville

Somerville, Massachusetts

Source: Public domain

Population: 79,507
% Asian: 10.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,213
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.61%
More on Somerville: Write A Review | Data | JobsSomerville is a city located directly to the northwest of Boston, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. As of 2010, the United States Census lists the city with a total population of 75,754 people, making it the most densely populated municipality in New England. As of 2010, it was the 16th most densely populated incorporated municipality in the country. Somerville was established as a town in 1842, when it was separated from Charlestown. In 2006, the town was named the best-run city in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. In 1972, in 2009, and again in 2015, the city received the All-America City Award.

8. Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

Population: 658,279
% Asian: 9.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 60,985
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.71%
More on Boston: Write A Review | Data | JobsBoston BOSS-tn) is the capital city and most populous municipality of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. It is also the seat of Suffolk County, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city proper covers 48 square miles with an estimated population of 673,184 in 2016, making it the largest city in the New England region of the northeastern United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area home to a census-estimated 4.8million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area, this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

9. Braintree Town

Braintree Town, Massachusetts

Population: 37,066
% Asian: 9.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,351
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.67%
More on Braintree Town: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

10. Medford

Medford, Massachusetts

Population: 57,180
% Asian: 8.0%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,577
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.97%
More on Medford: Write A Review | Data | JobsMedford is a city 3.2 miles northwest of downtown Boston on the Mystic River in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. In the 2010 U.S. Census, Medford’s population was 56,173. It is home to Tufts University.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Massachusetts

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

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

  1. Palmer Town
  2. North Adams
  3. Barnstable Town

For more Massachusetts reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Massachusetts

City Rank % Asian Population
Quincy 1 28.01% 93,349
Malden 2 22.93% 60,732
Lowell 3 21.04% 109,871
Cambridge 4 15.2% 108,757
Newton 5 13.93% 88,317
Waltham 6 12.1% 62,699
Somerville 7 10.33% 79,507
Boston 8 9.26% 658,279
Braintree Town 9 9.04% 37,066
Medford 10 8.0% 57,180
Lynn 11 7.73% 92,074
Watertown Town 12 7.7% 33,849
Worcester 13 7.06% 183,677
Everett 14 6.94% 44,636
Woburn 15 5.96% 39,220
Northampton 16 5.65% 28,534
Revere 17 5.53% 53,165
Weymouth Town 18 5.5% 55,601
West Springfield Town 19 4.75% 28,575
Marlborough 20 4.73% 39,545
Franklin Town 21 4.58% 32,873
Melrose 22 4.46% 27,787
Attleboro 23 4.4% 44,121
Fitchburg 24 4.16% 40,441
Methuen Town 25 3.51% 49,043
Agawam Town 26 2.83% 28,701
Chelsea 27 2.82% 38,244
Lawrence 28 2.81% 79,337
Leominster 29 2.26% 41,304
Westfield 30 2.24% 41,486
Salem 31 2.24% 42,804
Springfield 32 2.02% 153,991
Newburyport 33 2.01% 17,837
Beverly 34 2.01% 40,967
Fall River 35 1.98% 88,902
Pittsfield 36 1.91% 43,632
Holyoke 37 1.8% 40,280
Brockton 38 1.76% 94,813
Haverhill 39 1.7% 62,340
Chicopee 40 1.7% 56,100
Peabody 41 1.53% 52,235
New Bedford 42 1.39% 94,988
Easthampton Town 43 1.35% 16,042
Taunton 44 1.21% 56,504
Southbridge Town 45 1.09% 16,824
Winthrop Town 46 1.04% 18,031
Gloucester 47 1.02% 29,546
Greenfield Town 48 0.85% 17,477
Amesbury Town 49 0.83% 17,082
Gardner 50 0.83% 20,334
Barnstable Town 51 0.83% 44,498
North Adams 52 0.19% 13,326
Palmer Town 53 0.05% 12,145

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