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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan is 287,881 – at 2.9% of the total population of Michigan.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Michigan with the largest Asian population in 2019:

  1. Hamtramck (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Troy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Novi (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Auburn Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Ann Arbor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Springfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Farmington Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. East Lansing (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Rochester Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Michigan had the largest Asian population?

Hamtramck took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Michigan for 2019. 24.4% of Hamtramck identify as Asian.

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

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

How We Determined The Cities In Michigan 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 Michigan.

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 5,000 people. That left us with 146 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 24.4% 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. Hamtramck took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Richmond was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Michigan 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.

Hamtramck, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,959
% Asian: 24.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,357
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.26%
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Hamtramck is a city in Wayne County of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 22,423. Hamtramck is surrounded by the city of Detroit except for a small portion of the western border that touches the similarly surrounded city of Highland Park.

Troy, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 83,336
% Asian: 23.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 19,737
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.67%
More on Troy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Troy is a city located in Metropolitan Detroit’s northern suburbs in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 80,980 at the 2010 census, making it the 11th-largest city in Michigan by population, and the largest city in Oakland County. Troy has become a business and shopping destination in the Metro Detroit area, with numerous office centers and the upscale Somerset Collection mall.

Novi, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 58,835
% Asian: 21.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,848
Percent Change Since 2010: 56.66%
More on Novi: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Novi is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,224, an increase over the 2000 census count of 47,386. The city is located approximately 25 miles northwest of the center of Detroit, and about 8 miles west of the western border of Detroit. It is about 25 miles northeast of the center of Ann Arbor. The city is located within the boundaries of the survey township of Novi Township. The remaining unincorporated township is only a tiny fraction surrounded by the city.

Auburn Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,644
% Asian: 16.55%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,748
Percent Change Since 2010: 106.16%
More on Auburn Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 21,412 at the 2010 census. It is home to the world headquarters of Chrysler, The Palace of Auburn Hills, and Oakland University.

Farmington, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,560
% Asian: 16.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,732
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.0%
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington is a city in Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is one of the northern suburbs of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,372. It is surrounded by Farmington Hills, except for a small portion bordered by Livonia to the south. Since 2009, the city’s downtown has been the center of an extensive renovation and remodeling featuring a refacing or rebuilding of many buildings on Grand River Avenue, as well as brick paver sidewalks, the Farmington Pavilion, new lighting, and landscaping. The area is known for its historic downtown, elegant Victorian-style homes, and one of Michigan’s top rated public school systems, Farmington Public Schools. In 2007 CNNMoney.com listed Farmington as number 55 in its Best Places to Live survey. Farmington was also ranked 27th on the list for Best to Live in 2013, citing nearly US$3 million in additional city renovations and development, bumping its rank up.

Ann Arbor, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 119,303
% Asian: 15.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,940
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.32%
More on Ann Arbor: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ann Arbor is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. The 2010 census recorded its population to be 113,934, making it the sixth largest city in Michigan.

Springfield, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,203
% Asian: 15.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 821
Percent Change Since 2010: 64.2%
More on Springfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 81,235
% Asian: 12.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,982
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.68%
More on Farmington Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington Hills is the second largest city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Its population was 79,740 at the 2010 census. It is part of the upscale northwestern suburbs of Metropolitan Detroit and is also around 20 miles northeast of downtown Ann Arbor.

East Lansing, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 48,281
% Asian: 12.03%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,809
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.01%
More on East Lansing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Lansing is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan directly east of Lansing, the state capital. Most of the city is within Ingham County, with the rest in Clinton County. The population was 48,579 at the 2010 census, an increase from 46,420 in 2000. It is best known as the home of Michigan State University.

Rochester Hills, MI

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 73,458
% Asian: 11.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,746
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.01%
More on Rochester Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rochester Hills is a city in northeast Oakland County of the U.S. state of Michigan, in the northern outskirts of Metropolitan Detroit area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 70,995.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Michigan

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

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

  1. Richmond
  2. River Rouge
  3. Ecorse

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Michigan

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Hamtramck 24.4% 21,959
2 Troy 23.68% 83,336
3 Novi 21.84% 58,835
4 Auburn Hills 16.55% 22,644
5 Farmington 16.4% 10,560
6 Ann Arbor 15.88% 119,303
7 Springfield 15.78% 5,203
8 Farmington Hills 12.29% 81,235
9 East Lansing 12.03% 48,281
10 Rochester Hills 11.91% 73,458
11 Houghton 9.43% 7,882
12 Kentwood 9.29% 51,154
13 Warren 7.67% 135,147
14 Center Line 7.3% 8,299
15 Sterling Heights 7.09% 131,996
16 Wixom 5.92% 13,777
17 Rochester 5.47% 12,987
18 Madison Heights 5.39% 30,173
19 Melvindale 4.52% 10,432
20 Midland 3.99% 41,958
21 Westland 3.93% 82,172
22 Royal Oak 3.85% 58,973
23 Lansing 3.71% 115,222
24 St. Joseph 3.59% 8,301
25 South Lyon 3.56% 11,695
26 Hudsonville 3.52% 7,335
27 Southgate 3.46% 29,291
28 Woodhaven 3.42% 12,565
29 Portage 3.31% 48,072
30 Plymouth 3.24% 9,005
31 Mount Pleasant 3.21% 25,711
32 Holland 3.13% 33,488
33 Grand Blanc 3.1% 7,964
34 Birmingham 2.94% 20,836
35 Northville 2.77% 5,998
36 Battle Creek 2.77% 51,505
37 Livonia 2.76% 94,708
38 Wyoming 2.74% 75,124
39 Walker 2.61% 24,618
40 Grosse Pointe Woods 2.58% 15,678
41 Howell 2.56% 9,514
42 Romulus 2.53% 23,479
43 Harper Woods 2.45% 13,890
44 Zeeland 2.35% 5,584
45 Ypsilanti 2.25% 20,804
46 Kalamazoo 2.2% 75,833
47 Swartz Creek 2.19% 5,565
48 Huntington Woods 2.16% 6,347
49 Walled Lake 2.15% 7,174
50 Brighton 2.14% 7,567
51 Hastings 2.14% 7,289
52 Saline 2.12% 9,160
53 Mount Clemens 2.06% 16,383
54 Grand Rapids 2.05% 195,355
55 Dearborn 2.05% 95,295
56 Beverly Hills 1.98% 10,424
57 Grosse Pointe Park 1.91% 11,240
58 Oak Park 1.89% 29,824
59 Southfield 1.87% 73,228
60 Roseville 1.86% 47,617
61 Dearborn Heights 1.8% 56,201
62 Taylor 1.67% 61,648
63 Port Huron 1.67% 29,285
64 Marshall 1.62% 7,016
65 Grandville 1.53% 15,902
66 Detroit 1.49% 679,865
67 New Baltimore 1.44% 12,315
68 Norton Shores 1.38% 24,234
69 Coldwater 1.34% 10,819
70 Grosse Pointe Farms 1.33% 9,238
71 Pontiac 1.29% 60,039
72 Big Rapids 1.27% 10,413
73 St. Clair 1.25% 5,375
74 Fraser 1.21% 14,616
75 Hazel Park 1.2% 16,587
76 Grosse Pointe 1.07% 5,241
77 East Grand Rapids 1.06% 11,493
78 Trenton 1.06% 18,392
79 Cadillac 1.04% 10,375
80 Petoskey 1.04% 5,696
81 Clawson 1.02% 12,006
82 Flushing 1.02% 8,058
83 St. Clair Shores 0.96% 59,865
84 St. Johns 0.95% 7,894
85 Manistee 0.92% 6,079
86 Burton 0.92% 28,856
87 Wayne 0.88% 17,090
88 Ferndale 0.82% 20,159
89 Garden City 0.81% 26,889
90 Marquette 0.8% 21,081
91 Milan 0.77% 5,965
92 Grand Haven 0.74% 10,929
93 Monroe 0.74% 20,128
94 Rockford 0.72% 6,132
95 Iron Mountain 0.71% 7,450
96 Alpena 0.69% 10,123
97 Niles 0.69% 11,332
98 Ionia 0.65% 11,253
99 Berkley 0.64% 15,269
100 Traverse City 0.6% 15,550

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