10 Cities In Minnesota With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine 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 245,360 – at 4.5% 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?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Minnesota with the largest Asian population in 2018:

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

Which city in Minnesota had the largest Asian population?

Brooklyn Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Minnesota for 2018. 17.95% of Brooklyn Park 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Minnesota 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 Minnesota.

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 139 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 18.0% 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. Brooklyn Park took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Glencoe was the least Asian city.

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.

1. Brooklyn Park

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Source: Public domain

Population: 78,823
% Asian: 17.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,152
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.67%
More on Brooklyn Park: Write A Review | Data | JobsBrooklyn 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.

2. St. Paul

St. Paul, Minnesota

Population: 297,160
% Asian: 17.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 51,238
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.74%
More on St. Paul: Write A Review | Data | JobsSaint 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.

3. Brooklyn Center

Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Population: 30,785
% Asian: 14.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,592
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.16%
More on Brooklyn Center: Write A Review | Data | JobsBrooklyn 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.

4. Falcon Heights

Falcon Heights, Minnesota

Population: 5,534
% Asian: 14.73%
# Of Asian Residents: 815
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.28%
More on Falcon Heights: Write A Review | Data | JobsFalcon 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.

5. Maplewood

Maplewood, Minnesota

Population: 39,678
% Asian: 14.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,800
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.66%
More on Maplewood: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

6. Eden Prairie

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Source: Public domain

Population: 63,206
% Asian: 10.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,653
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.01%
More on Eden Prairie: Write A Review | Data | JobsEden 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.

7. Shakopee

Shakopee, Minnesota

Population: 39,656
% Asian: 10.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,108
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.89%
More on Shakopee: Write A Review | Data | JobsShakopee 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.

8. Little Canada


Population: 10,202
% Asian: 9.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,013
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.47%
More on Little Canada: Write A Review | Data | JobsLittle 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.

9. North St. Paul

North St. Paul, Minnesota

Population: 12,102
% Asian: 9.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,155
Percent Change Since 2010: 76.34%
More on North St. Paul: Write A Review | Data | JobsNorth Saint Paul is a city in Ramsey County, Minnesota, located east-northeast of the city of Saint Paul. The population was 11,460 at the 2010 census.

10. Worthington

Worthington, Minnesota

Population: 13,036
% Asian: 9.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,238
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.42%
More on Worthington: Write A Review | Data | JobsWorthington is a city and county seat of Nobles County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 12,764 at the 2010 census.

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. Jordan

For more Minnesota reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Minnesota

City Rank % Asian Population
Brooklyn Park 1 17.95% 78,823
St. Paul 2 17.24% 297,160
Brooklyn Center 3 14.92% 30,785
Falcon Heights 4 14.73% 5,534
Maplewood 5 14.62% 39,678
Eden Prairie 6 10.53% 63,206
Shakopee 7 10.36% 39,656
Little Canada 8 9.93% 10,202
North St. Paul 9 9.54% 12,102
Worthington 10 9.5% 13,036
Roseville 11 9.32% 35,254
Woodbury 12 8.94% 66,699
Vadnais Heights 13 8.88% 13,115
Plymouth 14 8.6% 75,105
Hopkins 15 8.55% 18,077
Savage 16 8.51% 29,399
Mounds View 17 8.36% 12,708
Oakdale 18 8.3% 27,956
Shoreview 19 8.28% 26,161
Blaine 20 7.83% 61,210
Eagan 21 7.59% 65,874
Rochester 22 7.58% 111,396
Richfield 23 7.58% 35,912
Maple Grove 24 7.5% 66,969
Spring Lake Park 25 7.42% 6,519
Edina 26 7.05% 49,976
St. Paul Park 27 6.3% 5,352
Cottage Grove 28 5.98% 35,632
Minneapolis 29 5.89% 404,670
Apple Valley 30 5.77% 50,602
Fridley 31 5.72% 27,447
Arden Hills 32 5.71% 10,126
New Brighton 33 5.7% 22,233
Bloomington 34 5.58% 85,080
Columbia Heights 35 5.58% 19,689
St. Anthony 36 5.19% 8,790
Chanhassen 37 5.13% 24,796
White Bear Lake 38 5.07% 24,992
Inver Grove Heights 39 5.02% 34,757
Rosemount 40 4.84% 23,099
West St. Paul 41 4.8% 19,779
Corcoran 42 4.76% 5,572
Lakeville 43 4.73% 59,786
Burnsville 44 4.64% 61,158
Minnetonka 45 4.33% 51,651
Sartell 46 4.29% 16,442
Rogers 47 4.19% 12,284
Marshall 48 4.05% 13,616
Golden Valley 49 3.88% 21,040
Northfield 50 3.87% 20,405
Prior Lake 51 3.86% 24,997
St. Louis Park 52 3.84% 47,486
New Hope 53 3.63% 20,819
Crystal 54 3.6% 22,777
Coon Rapids 55 3.54% 62,159
Albertville 56 3.49% 7,286
Ham Lake 57 3.35% 15,878
St. Peter 58 3.27% 11,567
Farmington 59 3.25% 22,226
Austin 60 3.02% 24,841
Mankato 61 2.98% 40,900
St. Cloud 62 2.85% 66,770
Ramsey 63 2.8% 25,329
Champlin 64 2.75% 23,929
Chaska 65 2.7% 25,078
Andover 66 2.62% 31,906
Mendota Heights 67 2.56% 11,231
Kasson 68 2.49% 6,143
Faribault 69 2.35% 23,530
Winona 70 2.35% 27,372
Waite Park 71 2.33% 7,371
St. Michael 72 2.32% 17,045
Morris 73 2.26% 5,343
St. Joseph 74 2.21% 6,775
Sauk Rapids 75 2.21% 13,334
South St. Paul 76 2.12% 20,281
Mahtomedi 77 2.01% 7,964
Lino Lakes 78 2.0% 20,758
Mound 79 1.88% 9,306
Lake Elmo 80 1.85% 8,445
Cambridge 81 1.75% 8,383
Oak Grove 82 1.75% 8,334
Duluth 83 1.7% 86,164
Victoria 84 1.69% 8,385
Anoka 85 1.68% 17,325
Albert Lea 86 1.64% 17,775
Robbinsdale 87 1.58% 14,382
Wyoming 88 1.55% 7,785
Elk River 89 1.52% 23,743
Belle Plaine 90 1.52% 6,892
Buffalo 91 1.45% 15,927
Crookston 92 1.42% 7,814
Delano 93 1.37% 5,754
Moorhead 94 1.37% 41,321
Forest Lake 95 1.3% 19,208
Stillwater 96 1.29% 19,142
Fairmont 97 1.28% 10,311
Cloquet 98 1.27% 12,047
Bemidji 99 1.26% 14,664
Montevideo 100 1.25% 5,207

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