10 Cities In Michigan With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine 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 275,696 – at 2.8% 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 2018:

  1. Hamtramck (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Troy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Novi (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Ann Arbor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Springfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Auburn Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. East Lansing (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Rochester Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Farmington 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 2018. 24.43% 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 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 Michigan.

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 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 River Rouge 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: 21,985
% Asian: 24.43%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,371
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.61%
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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: 82,982
% Asian: 22.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,984
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.57%
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: 58,233
% Asian: 21.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,426
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.52%
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.

Farmington, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,526
% Asian: 15.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,679
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.75%
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: 118,087
% Asian: 15.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,520
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.78%
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: 5,218
% Asian: 15.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 783
Percent Change Since 2010: 56.6%
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Auburn Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 22,342
% Asian: 14.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,253
Percent Change Since 2010: 78.93%
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.

East Lansing, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 48,395
% Asian: 12.23%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,921
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.31%
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: 72,987
% Asian: 11.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,334
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.35%
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.

Farmington Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 81,154
% Asian: 10.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,816
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.4%
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.

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. River Rouge
  2. Alma
  3. Grand Ledge

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Michigan

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Hamtramck 24.43% 21,985
2 Troy 22.88% 82,982
3 Novi 21.34% 58,233
4 Farmington 15.95% 10,526
5 Ann Arbor 15.68% 118,087
6 Springfield 15.01% 5,218
7 Auburn Hills 14.56% 22,342
8 East Lansing 12.23% 48,395
9 Rochester Hills 11.42% 72,987
10 Farmington Hills 10.86% 81,154
11 Houghton 10.79% 7,924
12 Kentwood 8.34% 50,761
13 Warren 6.99% 135,069
14 Sterling Heights 6.98% 131,674
15 Wixom 6.36% 13,733
16 Center Line 6.05% 8,313
17 Rochester 5.78% 12,969
18 Hudsonville 4.74% 7,278
19 Madison Heights 4.19% 30,168
20 Melvindale 4.13% 10,437
21 Midland 4.01% 42,063
22 Holland 3.9% 33,581
23 Lansing 3.88% 114,773
24 Westland 3.59% 82,218
25 Grand Blanc 3.53% 8,039
26 Royal Oak 3.53% 58,823
27 Walled Lake 3.41% 7,102
28 St. Joseph 3.41% 8,307
29 Southgate 3.37% 29,355
30 Woodhaven 3.25% 12,590
31 Plymouth 3.16% 8,956
32 Northville 3.02% 5,986
33 Mount Pleasant 2.87% 25,896
34 Wyoming 2.82% 74,692
35 Livonia 2.81% 94,849
36 Hastings 2.8% 7,312
37 Birmingham 2.73% 20,653
38 Harper Woods 2.71% 13,895
39 Brighton 2.69% 7,550
40 Romulus 2.64% 23,457
41 South Lyon 2.58% 11,672
42 Walker 2.55% 24,458
43 Battle Creek 2.54% 51,763
44 Zeeland 2.5% 5,595
45 Ypsilanti 2.46% 20,577
46 Kalamazoo 2.43% 75,885
47 Portage 2.41% 47,854
48 Beverly Hills 2.09% 10,450
49 Saline 2.07% 9,082
50 Grand Rapids 2.05% 193,887
51 Pontiac 1.96% 59,920
52 Southfield 1.95% 73,055
53 Howell 1.95% 9,507
54 Dearborn 1.93% 95,520
55 Fraser 1.85% 14,620
56 Grosse Pointe Park 1.82% 11,276
57 Huntington Woods 1.8% 6,330
58 Marshall 1.79% 7,046
59 Grosse Pointe Woods 1.76% 15,785
60 Dearborn Heights 1.76% 56,329
61 Oak Park 1.75% 29,751
62 Port Huron 1.67% 29,388
63 Roseville 1.65% 47,606
64 Grosse Pointe 1.56% 5,256
65 Swartz Creek 1.51% 5,617
66 Mount Clemens 1.51% 16,390
67 Norton Shores 1.5% 24,091
68 Lapeer 1.47% 8,795
69 Taylor 1.46% 61,716
70 Grosse Pointe Farms 1.45% 9,265
71 Detroit 1.41% 683,443
72 Wayne 1.37% 17,143
73 Hazel Park 1.36% 16,587
74 Marysville 1.33% 9,775
75 Grandville 1.32% 15,842
76 Big Rapids 1.31% 10,495
77 Cadillac 1.24% 10,380
78 Eastpointe 1.11% 32,648
79 East Grand Rapids 1.07% 11,297
80 Mason 1.06% 8,334
81 Trenton 1.01% 18,426
82 New Baltimore 0.99% 12,266
83 Niles 0.98% 11,379
84 Milan 0.96% 5,917
85 St. Clair Shores 0.95% 59,916
86 Iron Mountain 0.9% 7,535
87 Sault Ste. Marie 0.86% 13,941
88 Ferndale 0.82% 20,167
89 St. Johns 0.8% 7,951
90 Clawson 0.78% 12,008
91 Marquette 0.75% 21,282
92 Three Rivers 0.72% 7,743
93 Traverse City 0.71% 15,392
94 Petoskey 0.7% 5,731
95 Berkley 0.69% 15,239
96 Flushing 0.68% 8,129
97 Manistee 0.67% 6,100
98 Bay City 0.62% 34,110
99 Jackson 0.61% 33,165
100 Ludington 0.6% 8,051

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