Michigan Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 303,059 - at 3.0% 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?

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

  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. Ann Arbor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Farmington (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 2020. 26.01% 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Michigan For 2020

Hamtramck, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,941
% Asian: 26.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,707
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.03%
More on Hamtramck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

9.5
/10

Population: 83,881
% Asian: 24.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 20,667
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.96%
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: 59,625
% Asian: 23.15%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,805
Percent Change Since 2010: 68.33%
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

8
/10

Population: 23,107
% Asian: 17.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,076
Percent Change Since 2010: 124.2%
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.

Ann Arbor, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 120,641
% Asian: 17.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 20,804
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.57%
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.

Farmington, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,590
% Asian: 14.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,576
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.55%
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.

Springfield, MI

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,208
% Asian: 13.61%
# Of Asian Residents: 709
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.8%
More on Springfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 81,482
% Asian: 13.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,008
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.36%
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: 48,374
% Asian: 12.73%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,160
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.2%
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: 74,011
% Asian: 12.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,152
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.58%
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.

How We Determined The Cities In michigan 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 michigan.

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 5,000 people. That left us with 145 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 26.0% 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. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Belding

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Michigan

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Hamtramck 26.01% 21,941
2 Troy 24.64% 83,881
3 Novi 23.15% 59,625
4 Auburn Hills 17.64% 23,107
5 Ann Arbor 17.24% 120,641
6 Farmington 14.88% 10,590
7 Springfield 13.61% 5,208
8 Farmington Hills 13.51% 81,482
9 East Lansing 12.73% 48,374
10 Rochester Hills 12.37% 74,011
11 Houghton 10.39% 7,934
12 Kentwood 8.71% 51,525
13 Warren 8.41% 135,192
14 Sterling Heights 7.53% 132,470
15 Wixom 7.4% 13,870
16 Center Line 5.41% 8,303
17 Rochester 5.12% 13,130
18 St. Joseph 4.75% 8,314
19 Madison Heights 4.59% 30,226
20 Westland 4.45% 82,120
21 Midland 3.96% 41,963
22 Southgate 3.79% 29,268
23 Royal Oak 3.71% 59,107
24 Woodhaven 3.68% 12,551
25 Lansing 3.54% 116,699
26 Wyoming 3.52% 75,532
27 Melvindale 3.48% 10,419
28 Mount Pleasant 3.39% 25,691
29 Battle Creek 3.34% 51,475
30 Walled Lake 3.21% 7,193
31 Portage 3.1% 48,421
32 Livonia 3.06% 94,567
33 South Lyon 2.98% 11,786
34 Walker 2.86% 24,768
35 Birmingham 2.79% 21,066
36 Holland 2.66% 33,503
37 Howell 2.64% 9,597
38 Grosse Pointe Park 2.61% 11,207
39 Grosse Pointe Woods 2.55% 15,559
40 Plymouth 2.54% 9,054
41 Southfield 2.51% 73,392
42 Dearborn 2.43% 95,089
43 Grand Blanc 2.3% 7,925
44 Grand Rapids 2.29% 197,081
45 Mason 2.28% 8,447
46 Zeeland 2.26% 5,581
47 Harper Woods 2.24% 13,959
48 Kalamazoo 2.13% 76,040
49 Northville 2.08% 5,971
50 Huntington Woods 2.07% 6,340
51 Hastings 2.05% 7,284
52 Ypsilanti 1.96% 20,939
53 Big Rapids 1.91% 10,392
54 Pontiac 1.88% 60,116
55 Hazel Park 1.87% 16,592
56 Oak Park 1.85% 29,849
57 Romulus 1.85% 23,515
58 Grosse Pointe Farms 1.77% 9,224
59 Brighton 1.76% 7,626
60 Beverly Hills 1.74% 10,440
61 Fraser 1.7% 14,638
62 Clawson 1.68% 12,029
63 Dearborn Heights 1.65% 56,089
64 Saline 1.63% 9,223
65 Taylor 1.58% 61,574
66 Detroit 1.57% 677,155
67 New Baltimore 1.5% 12,365
68 Marshall 1.48% 7,021
69 Port Huron 1.45% 29,175
70 Roseville 1.43% 47,603
71 Trenton 1.4% 18,368
72 St. Clair 1.4% 5,350
73 Coldwater 1.36% 12,284
74 Norton Shores 1.15% 24,357
75 Ferndale 1.12% 20,211
76 Garden City 1.09% 26,809
77 Hudsonville 1.08% 7,344
78 Grandville 1.07% 15,952
79 Marquette 1.05% 20,932
80 Niles 1.03% 11,265
81 Berkley 0.99% 15,360
82 Burton 0.98% 28,754
83 Grand Haven 0.98% 10,974
84 Kingsford 0.96% 5,022
85 Wayne 0.92% 17,063
86 Three Rivers 0.82% 7,680
87 Grosse Pointe 0.8% 5,218
88 Cadillac 0.8% 10,394
89 Dowagiac 0.8% 5,779
90 St. Johns 0.78% 7,910
91 East Grand Rapids 0.77% 11,642
92 Jackson 0.75% 32,800
93 Flushing 0.72% 8,012
94 Milan 0.72% 5,944
95 St. Louis 0.71% 7,198
96 Iron Mountain 0.7% 7,406
97 St. Clair Shores 0.69% 59,781
98 Eastpointe 0.69% 32,576
99 Ishpeming 0.68% 6,482
100 Monroe 0.67% 19,947

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