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 Montana is 7,266 – at 0.7% of the total population of Montana.
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 Montana? Which cities and towns in Montana have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Montana with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- Bozeman (Photos | Jobs)
- Lewistown (Photos | Jobs)
- Missoula (Photos | Jobs)
- Great Falls (Photos | Jobs)
- Kalispell (Photos | Jobs)
- Havre (Photos | Jobs)
- Billings (Photos | Jobs)
- Helena (Photos | Jobs)
- Whitefish (Photos | Jobs)
- Anaconda-Deer Lodge County (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in Montana had the largest Asian population?
Bozeman took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Montana for 2018. 2.45% of Bozeman identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Montana ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Montana 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 Montana.
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 15 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 2.4% 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. Bozeman took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Sidney was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Montana 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.
Population: 41,761% Asian: 2.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,023
Percent Change Since 2010: 56.66%
More on Bozeman: Write A Review | Data | JobsBozeman is a city in and the seat of Gallatin County, Montana, United States. Located in southwest Montana, the 2010 census put Bozeman’s population at 37,280 and by 2016 the population rose to 45,250, making it the fourth largest city in Montana. It is the principal city of the Bozeman, MT Micropolitan Statistical Area, consisting of all of Gallatin County with a population of 97,304. It is the largest Micropolitan Statistical Area in Montana and is the third largest of all of Montana-s statistical areas.
Population: 5,868% Asian: 1.74%
# Of Asian Residents: 102
Percent Change Since 2010: 137.21%
More on Lewistown: Write A Review | Data | JobsLewistown is a city in and the county seat of Fergus County, Montana, United States. The population was 5,901 at the 2010 census. Lewistown is located in central Montana, the geographic center of the state, southeast of Great Falls. First planned in 1882, it was the site of an 1880s gold rush.
Population: 70,117% Asian: 1.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,209
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.43%
More on Missoula: Write A Review | Data | JobsMissoula is a city in the U.S. state of Montana and is the county seat of Missoula County. It is located along the Clark Fork River near its confluences with the Bitterroot and Blackfoot Rivers in western Montana and at the convergence of five mountain ranges, thus is often described as the “hub of five valleys”. In 2016, the United States Census Bureau estimated the city’s population at 72,364 and the population of the Missoula Metropolitan Area at 116,130. In the 1990s, Missoula overtook GreatFalls as Montana-s secondlargest city, behind Billings. Missoula is home to the University of Montana, a public research university.
4. Great Falls
Population: 59,479% Asian: 1.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 619
Percent Change Since 2010: 114.93%
More on Great Falls: Write A Review | Data | JobsGreat Falls is a city in and the county seat of Cascade County, Montana, United States. The 2015 census estimate put the population at 59,638. The population was 58,505 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Great Falls, Montana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Cascade County and has a population of 82,278. Great Falls was the largest city in Montana from 1950 to 1970, when Billings surpassed it. Great Falls remained the second largest city in Montana until 2000, when it was passed by Missoula. Since then Great Falls has been the third largest city in the state.
Population: 21,619% Asian: 0.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 198
Percent Change Since 2010: 96.04%
More on Kalispell: Write A Review | Data | JobsKalispell is a city in, and the county seat of Flathead County, Montana, United States. The 2015 Census estimates put Kalispell’s population at 22,052. The Kalispell Micropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 93,068 and it is the largest city and commercial center of northwest Montana. The name Kalispell is a Salish word meaning “flat land above the lake”. Kalispell is also the gateway to Glacier National Park.
Population: 9,815% Asian: 0.75%
# Of Asian Residents: 74
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.31%
More on Havre: Write A Review | Data | JobsHavre is the county seat and largest town in Hill County, Montana, in the United States. It is said to be named after the city of Le Havre in France. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,310, and in 2016 the estimated population was 9,846.
Population: 109,089% Asian: 0.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 776
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.92%
More on Billings: Write A Review | Data | JobsBillings is the largest city in the state of Montana, and the principal city of the Billings Metropolitan Area with a population of 166,855. It has a trade area of over half a million people.
Population: 30,102% Asian: 0.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 173
Percent Change Since 2010: -31.35%
More on Helena: Write A Review | Data | JobsHelena is the state capital of the U.S. state of Montana and the county seat of Lewis and Clark County.
Population: 6,859% Asian: 0.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 26
Percent Change Since 2010: -25.71%
More on Whitefish: Write A Review | Data | JobsWhitefish is a city in Flathead County, Montana, United States. The population was 6,357 at the 2010 census. It is home to a ski resort on Big Mountain called Whitefish Mountain Resort.
10. Anaconda-Deer Lodge County
Population: 9,176% Asian: 0.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 34
Percent Change Since 2010: 325.0%
More on Anaconda-Deer Lodge County: Write A Review | Data | JobsDeer Lodge County is a county in the U.S. state of Montana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,298. It forms a consolidated city-county government with its county seat of Anaconda. The county was founded in 1865.
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Montana
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Montana according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
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