These Are The 10 Minnesota Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second 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 254,496 – at 4.6% 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 2019:

  1. St. Paul (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Brooklyn Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Brooklyn Center (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Little Canada (Homes For Sale)
  5. Maplewood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Falcon Heights (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Eden Prairie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Shakopee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Worthington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hopkins (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 2019. 17.91% 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Minnesota With The Largest Asian Population For 2019

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 2013-2017 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 17.9% 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 Alexandria 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.

St. Paul, MN

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7
/10

Population: 300,820
% Asian: 17.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 53,890
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.25%
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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 Park, MN

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 79,462
% Asian: 17.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,718
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.54%
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.

Brooklyn Center, MN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,885
% Asian: 16.75%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,173
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.22%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,321
% Asian: 16.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,660
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.56%
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

8.5
/10

Population: 40,127
% Asian: 14.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,963
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.5%
More on Maplewood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Falcon Heights, MN

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 5,560
% Asian: 14.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 800
Percent Change Since 2010: -4.08%
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.

Eden Prairie, MN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 63,660
% Asian: 10.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,393
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.05%
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: 40,024
% Asian: 9.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,985
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.48%
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: 13,142
% Asian: 9.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,304
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.43%
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.

Hopkins, MN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 18,217
% Asian: 9.74%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,775
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.33%
More on Hopkins: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hopkins is a suburban city in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States, located west of Minneapolis. The city is four square miles in size and is surrounded by the larger, west suburban communities of Minnetonka, Saint Louis Park, and Edina. Hopkins is about 98% developed with little remaining vacant land. The population was 17,591 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. Alexandria
  2. Glencoe
  3. Litchfield

For more Minnesota reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Minnesota

Rank City % Asian Population
1 St. Paul 17.91% 300,820
2 Brooklyn Park 17.26% 79,462
3 Brooklyn Center 16.75% 30,885
4 Little Canada 16.08% 10,321
5 Maplewood 14.86% 40,127
6 Falcon Heights 14.39% 5,560
7 Eden Prairie 10.04% 63,660
8 Shakopee 9.96% 40,024
9 Worthington 9.92% 13,142
10 Hopkins 9.74% 18,217
11 North St. Paul 9.44% 12,241
12 Woodbury 9.35% 67,648
13 Plymouth 9.02% 76,258
14 Roseville 8.95% 35,624
15 Shoreview 8.7% 26,432
16 Oakdale 8.62% 27,972
17 Savage 8.28% 30,011
18 Edina 8.04% 50,603
19 Eagan 7.92% 66,102
20 Mounds View 7.9% 12,872
21 Spring Lake Park 7.73% 6,535
22 Blaine 7.45% 62,453
23 Richfield 7.38% 35,993
24 Rochester 7.34% 112,683
25 Maple Grove 7.31% 68,362
26 Cottage Grove 7.19% 35,902
27 Vadnais Heights 7.1% 13,283
28 Fridley 6.78% 27,573
29 St. Paul Park 6.23% 5,376
30 Arden Hills 6.16% 10,250
31 Minneapolis 6.02% 411,452
32 Albertville 5.94% 7,303
33 Columbia Heights 5.91% 19,823
34 Apple Valley 5.87% 51,109
35 Rogers 5.66% 12,564
36 Bloomington 5.63% 85,417
37 Chanhassen 5.41% 25,108
38 St. Anthony 5.35% 8,930
39 Inver Grove Heights 5.34% 34,976
40 Prior Lake 5.26% 25,452
41 New Brighton 5.22% 22,440
42 White Bear Lake 5.13% 25,411
43 Lakeville 4.97% 61,056
44 Rosemount 4.95% 23,474
45 Minnetonka 4.57% 52,102
46 West St. Paul 4.35% 19,750
47 Marshall 4.31% 13,706
48 Burnsville 4.31% 61,302
49 Corcoran 4.3% 5,671
50 Sartell 4.22% 16,749
51 Golden Valley 4.02% 21,208
52 Coon Rapids 3.99% 62,342
53 Waite Park 3.8% 7,457
54 Ham Lake 3.72% 16,119
55 St. Louis Park 3.66% 48,124
56 Northfield 3.45% 20,297
57 Austin 3.27% 24,882
58 New Hope 3.19% 20,909
59 St. Cloud 3.17% 67,093
60 Mankato 3.12% 41,241
61 Ramsey 3.09% 25,853
62 St. Peter 3.06% 11,682
63 Crystal 2.92% 22,910
64 Robbinsdale 2.91% 14,446
65 Faribault 2.77% 23,577
66 Farmington 2.72% 22,502
67 South St. Paul 2.64% 20,280
68 Morris 2.61% 5,326
69 Mendota Heights 2.55% 11,253
70 Mound 2.48% 9,380
71 Cambridge 2.48% 8,462
72 Oak Grove 2.47% 8,453
73 Champlin 2.47% 24,209
74 Mahtomedi 2.45% 8,005
75 Albert Lea 2.35% 17,716
76 Minnetrista 2.32% 7,187
77 Winona 2.27% 27,153
78 Sauk Rapids 2.19% 13,354
79 Lino Lakes 2.15% 20,950
80 Chaska 2.15% 25,578
81 Hugo 2.09% 14,415
82 Lake Elmo 2.05% 8,621
83 St. Joseph 2.03% 6,862
84 St. Michael 1.91% 17,128
85 Andover 1.9% 32,257
86 Crookston 1.84% 7,780
87 Hibbing 1.82% 16,183
88 Kasson 1.75% 6,228
89 Fairmont 1.73% 10,251
90 Duluth 1.7% 86,066
91 Orono 1.62% 7,887
92 Elk River 1.55% 23,924
93 East Bethel 1.53% 11,733
94 Anoka 1.47% 17,374
95 Moorhead 1.44% 41,801
96 Montevideo 1.43% 5,165
97 Belle Plaine 1.36% 6,935
98 Stillwater 1.35% 19,232
99 Buffalo 1.33% 15,996
100 Delano 1.28% 5,854

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