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:
- Brooklyn Park (Photos | Jobs)
- St. Paul (Photos | Jobs)
- Brooklyn Center (Photos | Jobs)
- Falcon Heights (Photos | Jobs)
- Maplewood (Photos | Jobs)
- Eden Prairie (Photos | Jobs)
- Shakopee (Photos | Jobs)
- Little Canada (Jobs)
- North St. Paul (Photos | Jobs)
- 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.
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*
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
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
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
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
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.
6. Eden Prairie
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.
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
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.
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:
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