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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Massachusetts 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 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 424,161 – at 6.2% 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 2019:

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

Which city in Massachusetts had the largest Asian population?

Quincy took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Massachusetts for 2019. 28.97% 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 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 Massachusetts.

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

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 29.0% to 0.4%.

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.

Quincy, MA

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8.5
/10

Population: 93,824
% Asian: 28.97%
# Of Asian Residents: 27,181
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.56%
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Quincy 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.

Malden, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 61,212
% Asian: 23.63%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,463
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.25%
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Malden 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.

Lowell, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 110,964
% Asian: 20.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,218
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.54%
More on Lowell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lowell 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.

Cambridge, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 110,893
% Asian: 15.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 17,366
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.89%
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Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

Newton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 88,479
% Asian: 14.27%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,630
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.36%
More on Newton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newton 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.

Waltham, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 62,832
% Asian: 11.9%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,478
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.02%
More on Waltham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waltham 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.

Braintree Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,082
% Asian: 11.16%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,139
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.05%
More on Braintree Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Medford, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 57,700
% Asian: 9.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,586
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.09%
More on Medford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Medford 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.

Somerville, MA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 79,983
% Asian: 9.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,643
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.73%
More on Somerville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Somerville 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.

Boston, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 669,158
% Asian: 9.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 62,956
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.39%
More on Boston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Boston 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.

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. Barnstable Town
  3. North Adams

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Massachusetts

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Quincy 28.97% 93,824
2 Malden 23.63% 61,212
3 Lowell 20.92% 110,964
4 Cambridge 15.66% 110,893
5 Newton 14.27% 88,479
6 Waltham 11.9% 62,832
7 Braintree Town 11.16% 37,082
8 Medford 9.68% 57,700
9 Somerville 9.56% 79,983
10 Boston 9.41% 669,158
11 Watertown Town 8.13% 34,553
12 Lynn 8.06% 93,069
13 Worcester 7.29% 184,743
14 Woburn 6.91% 39,500
15 Everett 6.46% 45,212
16 Melrose 6.09% 28,132
17 Weymouth Town 5.73% 55,890
18 Franklin Town 5.58% 32,843
19 Marlborough 5.4% 39,771
20 Revere 5.19% 53,864
21 Northampton 5.17% 28,548
22 Attleboro 4.76% 44,326
23 West Springfield Town 4.46% 28,671
24 Methuen Town 3.79% 49,575
25 Fitchburg 3.69% 40,666
26 Chelsea 3.39% 39,272
27 Leominster 2.88% 41,446
28 Salem 2.54% 43,146
29 Agawam Town 2.36% 28,748
30 Lawrence 2.33% 79,497
31 Westfield 2.22% 41,667
32 Newburyport 2.2% 17,890
33 Springfield 2.11% 154,613
34 Pittsfield 1.99% 43,289
35 Fall River 1.94% 89,258
36 Brockton 1.93% 95,161
37 Easthampton Town 1.89% 16,051
38 Chicopee 1.78% 55,778
39 Beverly 1.63% 41,431
40 New Bedford 1.61% 95,125
41 Holyoke 1.55% 40,362
42 Peabody 1.37% 52,610
43 Haverhill 1.35% 62,943
44 Gardner 1.28% 20,496
45 Gloucester 1.11% 29,858
46 Amesbury Town 1.09% 17,218
47 Taunton 1.05% 56,826
48 Greenfield Town 0.93% 17,474
49 Southbridge Town 0.71% 16,858
50 Winthrop Town 0.68% 18,391
51 North Adams 0.61% 13,211
52 Barnstable Town 0.61% 44,325
53 Palmer Town 0.38% 12,237

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