Massachusetts Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 440,336 - at 6.4% 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?

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

  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. Braintree Town (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Waltham (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 2020. 31.13% 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Massachusetts For 2020

Quincy, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 94,121
% Asian: 31.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 29,299
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.89%
More on Quincy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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
/10

Population: 61,094
% Asian: 23.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,277
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.58%
More on Malden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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: 111,249
% Asian: 23.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 25,650
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.22%
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: 115,665
% Asian: 15.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,407
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.32%
More on Cambridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cambridge is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

Newton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 88,660
% Asian: 14.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,829
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.55%
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.

Braintree Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,207
% Asian: 12.11%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,506
Percent Change Since 2010: 85.13%
More on Braintree Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waltham, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 62,979
% Asian: 11.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,137
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.95%
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.

Medford, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 57,771
% Asian: 10.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,099
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.87%
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

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 80,434
% Asian: 9.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,770
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.48%
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: 679,413
% Asian: 9.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 64,939
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.08%
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.

How We Determined The Cities In massachusetts 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 massachusetts.

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

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 31.1% to 0.3%.

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 Southbridge Town was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Southbridge Town
  2. Winthrop Town
  3. Barnstable Town

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Massachusetts

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Quincy 31.13% 94,121
2 Malden 23.37% 61,094
3 Lowell 23.06% 111,249
4 Cambridge 15.91% 115,665
5 Newton 14.47% 88,660
6 Braintree Town 12.11% 37,207
7 Waltham 11.33% 62,979
8 Medford 10.56% 57,771
9 Somerville 9.66% 80,434
10 Boston 9.56% 679,413
11 Watertown Town 8.49% 35,103
12 Woburn 7.93% 40,298
13 Worcester 7.57% 185,195
14 Lynn 7.42% 93,617
15 Everett 6.89% 45,856
16 Melrose 5.94% 28,116
17 Marlborough 5.89% 39,776
18 Weymouth Town 5.6% 56,384
19 Franklin Town 5.56% 33,022
20 Northampton 4.7% 28,568
21 Revere 4.69% 53,966
22 Attleboro 4.65% 44,548
23 West Springfield Town 4.6% 28,666
24 Methuen Town 3.77% 50,019
25 Fitchburg 3.52% 40,737
26 Newburyport 3.49% 17,990
27 Leominster 3.04% 41,579
28 Chelsea 2.99% 39,852
29 Westfield 2.9% 41,599
30 Lawrence 2.4% 79,841
31 Easthampton Town 2.26% 16,023
32 Fall River 2.23% 89,339
33 Agawam Town 2.19% 28,744
34 Chicopee 2.13% 55,661
35 Springfield 2.11% 154,596
36 Salem 2.04% 43,302
37 Pittsfield 1.97% 43,058
38 Beverly 1.84% 41,731
39 Palmer Town 1.75% 12,251
40 Gloucester 1.66% 30,049
41 Brockton 1.6% 95,426
42 Gardner 1.6% 20,555
43 New Bedford 1.49% 95,117
44 Taunton 1.43% 56,963
45 Haverhill 1.41% 63,280
46 Holyoke 1.23% 40,376
47 Amesbury Town 1.15% 17,378
48 North Adams 1.05% 13,089
49 Peabody 0.97% 52,865
50 Greenfield Town 0.94% 17,468
51 Barnstable Town 0.75% 44,314
52 Winthrop Town 0.62% 18,535
53 Southbridge Town 0.31% 16,894

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