Minnesota Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Minnesota 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 minnesota is 260,797 - at 4.7% of the total population of minnesota.

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

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

  1. St. Paul (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Brooklyn Center (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Brooklyn Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Falcon Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Little Canada (Homes For Sale)
  6. Maplewood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Eden Prairie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Shakopee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Worthington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Shoreview (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in minnesota had the largest Asian population? St. Paul took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in minnesota for 2020. 18.36% of St. Paul identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Minnesota For 2020

St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 302,760
% Asian: 18.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 55,578
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.39%
More on St. Paul: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Saint Paul is the capital and second-most populous city of the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2016, the city's estimated population was 304,442. Saint Paul is the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota. The city lies mostly on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the area surrounding its point of confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Minneapolis, the state's largest city. Known as the "Twin Cities", the two form the core of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.52 million residents.

Brooklyn Center, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 30,899
% Asian: 17.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,455
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.05%
More on Brooklyn Center: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brooklyn Center is a city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States. The city is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River on the northwest border of Minneapolis. The population was 30,104 at the 2010 census.

Brooklyn Park, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 79,792
% Asian: 17.43%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,908
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.34%
More on Brooklyn Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brooklyn Park is the sixth largest city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The city is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River, upstream from downtown Minneapolis in northern Hennepin County. Brooklyn Park is a northwest suburb of the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis-Saint Paul.

Falcon Heights, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 5,559
% Asian: 15.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 847
Percent Change Since 2010: 1.56%
More on Falcon Heights: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Falcon Heights is a suburb of Saint Paul and a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 5,321 at the 2010 census. It became a village in 1949 and a city in 1973.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,387
% Asian: 15.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,565
Percent Change Since 2010: 59.86%
More on Little Canada: Real Estate | Data

Little Canada is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States. It is an inner ring suburb of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. The population was 9,773 at the 2010 census.

Maplewood, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 40,387
% Asian: 14.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,994
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.23%
More on Maplewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Eden Prairie, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 63,900
% Asian: 11.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,239
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.2%
More on Eden Prairie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Eden Prairie is an edge city 12 miles southwest of downtown Minneapolis in Hennepin County, and the 12th-largest city in the State of Minnesota. It is on the north bank of the Minnesota River, upstream from its confluence with the Mississippi River. Eden Prairie and nearby suburbs form the southwest portion of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the 15th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with about 3.6 million residents. Eden Prairie had a population of 60,797 at the 2010 census, which made it the 7th-largest suburb in the Twin Cities and the 12th-largest city in Minnesota.

Shakopee, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 40,418
% Asian: 11.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,471
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.95%
More on Shakopee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Shakopee is a city in and the county seat of Scott County, Minnesota. It is located southwest of downtown Minneapolis. Sited on the south bank bend of the Minnesota River, Shakopee and nearby suburbs comprise the southwest portion of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the sixteenth-largest metropolitan area in the United States, with 3.3 million people. The population of Shakopee was 37,076 at the 2010 census.

Worthington, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,148
% Asian: 10.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,346
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.89%
More on Worthington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Worthington is a city and county seat of Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 12,764 at the 2010 census.

Shoreview, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 26,627
% Asian: 9.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,632
Percent Change Since 2010: 81.89%
More on Shoreview: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Shoreview is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 25,043 at the 2010 census. In 2008, Shoreview ranked fourth in a Family Circle list of best family towns.

How We Determined The Cities In minnesota 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 minnesota.

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 139 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 18.4% 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. St. Paul took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Glencoe was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in minnesota 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 Minnesota

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Minnesota:

  1. Glencoe
  2. Litchfield
  3. Hermantown

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Minnesota

Rank City % Asian Population
1 St. Paul 18.36% 302,760
2 Brooklyn Center 17.65% 30,899
3 Brooklyn Park 17.43% 79,792
4 Falcon Heights 15.24% 5,559
5 Little Canada 15.07% 10,387
6 Maplewood 14.84% 40,387
7 Eden Prairie 11.33% 63,900
8 Shakopee 11.06% 40,418
9 Worthington 10.24% 13,148
10 Shoreview 9.88% 26,627
11 Woodbury 9.63% 68,686
12 Oakdale 9.51% 28,018
13 North St. Paul 9.47% 12,342
14 Plymouth 9.07% 77,213
15 Hopkins 8.67% 18,300
16 Roseville 8.34% 35,833
17 Eagan 8.03% 66,363
18 Mounds View 8.02% 12,959
19 Savage 7.98% 30,615
20 Blaine 7.91% 63,319
21 St. Paul Park 7.84% 5,372
22 Edina 7.47% 51,136
23 Rogers 7.33% 12,777
24 Cottage Grove 7.31% 36,221
25 Rochester 7.24% 113,913
26 Maple Grove 6.99% 69,571
27 Corcoran 6.55% 5,775
28 Richfield 6.51% 35,982
29 Fridley 6.47% 27,614
30 Vadnais Heights 6.47% 13,376
31 Arden Hills 6.25% 10,290
32 Minneapolis 6.1% 416,021
33 Oak Grove 5.97% 8,582
34 Columbia Heights 5.8% 19,958
35 Bloomington 5.74% 85,394
36 Apple Valley 5.73% 51,931
37 New Brighton 5.64% 22,560
38 Lakeville 5.4% 62,489
39 Chanhassen 5.4% 25,357
40 Ham Lake 5.35% 16,282
41 Marshall 5.25% 13,706
42 Inver Grove Heights 5.18% 35,197
43 Burnsville 4.85% 61,283
44 Rosemount 4.74% 23,885
45 White Bear Lake 4.38% 25,601
46 Austin 4.35% 25,006
47 Minnetonka 4.25% 52,546
48 Sartell 4.24% 17,076
49 West St. Paul 4.23% 19,750
50 Waite Park 4.05% 7,623
51 St. Louis Park 3.89% 48,423
52 Prior Lake 3.83% 25,880
53 Coon Rapids 3.74% 62,376
54 Chaska 3.53% 25,998
55 St. Anthony 3.49% 9,027
56 Golden Valley 3.45% 21,364
57 St. Peter 3.34% 11,784
58 Mankato 3.32% 41,701
59 New Hope 3.31% 20,922
60 Ramsey 3.31% 26,225
61 St. Cloud 3.26% 67,513
62 Northfield 3.19% 20,217
63 St. Michael 3.12% 17,328
64 Crystal 3.12% 22,934
65 Spring Lake Park 3.1% 6,459
66 Belle Plaine 3.09% 7,029
67 Cambridge 2.88% 8,587
68 Morris 2.86% 5,353
69 Robbinsdale 2.79% 14,466
70 Winona 2.74% 26,981
71 Crookston 2.72% 7,782
72 Champlin 2.66% 24,478
73 Albert Lea 2.58% 17,687
74 Faribault 2.53% 23,711
75 Albertville 2.35% 7,377
76 Mendota Heights 2.3% 11,284
77 Lino Lakes 2.27% 21,150
78 Sauk Rapids 2.25% 13,528
79 Mound 2.14% 9,412
80 Hibbing 2.12% 16,106
81 South St. Paul 2.06% 20,256
82 Montevideo 2.04% 5,139
83 Kasson 1.99% 6,295
84 Minnetrista 1.97% 7,408
85 Mahtomedi 1.7% 8,095
86 Jordan 1.64% 6,155
87 East Bethel 1.63% 11,808
88 St. Joseph 1.63% 6,938
89 Duluth 1.63% 86,004
90 New Prague 1.55% 7,746
91 Andover 1.55% 32,499
92 Orono 1.45% 8,015
93 Monticello 1.41% 13,439
94 Anoka 1.41% 17,419
95 Willmar 1.4% 19,618
96 Elk River 1.39% 24,211
97 Lake Elmo 1.38% 8,794
98 Detroit Lakes 1.37% 9,134
99 Baxter 1.36% 8,087
100 Moorhead 1.32% 42,395

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