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:
- Hamtramck (Photos | Jobs)
- Troy (Photos | Jobs)
- Novi (Photos | Jobs)
- Farmington (Photos | Jobs)
- Ann Arbor (Photos | Jobs)
- Springfield (Photos | Jobs)
- Auburn Hills (Photos | Jobs)
- East Lansing (Photos | Jobs)
- Rochester Hills (Photos | Jobs)
- Farmington Hills (Photos | Jobs)
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.
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*
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.
Population: 21,985% Asian: 24.43%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,371
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.61%
More on Hamtramck: Write A Review | Data | JobsHamtramck 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.
Population: 82,982% Asian: 22.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,984
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.57%
More on Troy: Write A Review | Data | JobsTroy 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.
Population: 58,233% Asian: 21.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,426
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.52%
More on Novi: Write A Review | Data | JobsNovi 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.
Population: 10,526% Asian: 15.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,679
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.75%
More on Farmington: Write A Review | Data | JobsFarmington 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.
5. Ann Arbor
Population: 118,087% Asian: 15.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,520
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.78%
More on Ann Arbor: Write A Review | Data | JobsAnn 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.
7. Auburn Hills
Population: 22,342% Asian: 14.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,253
Percent Change Since 2010: 78.93%
More on Auburn Hills: Write A Review | Data | JobsAuburn 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.
8. East Lansing
Population: 48,395% Asian: 12.23%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,921
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.31%
More on East Lansing: Write A Review | Data | JobsEast 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.
9. Rochester Hills
Population: 72,987% Asian: 11.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,334
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.35%
More on Rochester Hills: Write A Review | Data | JobsRochester 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.
10. Farmington Hills
Population: 81,154% Asian: 10.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,816
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.4%
More on Farmington Hills: Write A Review | Data | JobsFarmington 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:
- River Rouge
- Grand Ledge
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