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

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.

Brooklyn Park, MN

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Population: 78,823
% Asian: 17.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,152
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.67%
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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.

St. Paul, MN

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Population: 297,160
% Asian: 17.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 51,238
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.74%
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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

7
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Population: 30,785
% Asian: 14.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,592
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.16%
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.

Falcon Heights, MN

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9.5
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Population: 5,534
% Asian: 14.73%
# Of Asian Residents: 815
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.28%
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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.

Maplewood, MN

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8.5
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Population: 39,678
% Asian: 14.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,800
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.66%
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Eden Prairie, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

10
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Population: 63,206
% Asian: 10.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,653
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.01%
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

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Population: 39,656
% Asian: 10.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,108
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.89%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 10,202
% Asian: 9.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,013
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.47%
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.

North St. Paul, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 12,102
% Asian: 9.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,155
Percent Change Since 2010: 76.34%
More on North St. Paul: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North 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.

Worthington, MN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,036
% Asian: 9.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,238
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.42%
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.

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

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

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