10 Cities In Nebraska With The Largest Asian Population For 2018

We used data and science to determine the cities in Nebraska 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 Nebraska is 39,508 – at 2.1% of the total population of Nebraska.

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 Nebraska? Which cities and towns in Nebraska have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

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

  1. Crete (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Lincoln (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. South Sioux City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Omaha (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. La Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Kearney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Hastings (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Sidney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Papillion (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Nebraska had the largest Asian population?

Crete took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Nebraska for 2018. 5.77% of Crete identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Nebraska 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 Nebraska or the most diverse places in Nebraska.

How We Determined The Cities In Nebraska 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 Nebraska.

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 31 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 5.8% 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. Crete took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Gering was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Nebraska 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.

Crete, NE

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Population: 7,089
% Asian: 5.77%
# Of Asian Residents: 409
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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Crete is a city in Saline County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,960 at the 2010 census.

Lincoln, NE

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Population: 273,018
% Asian: 4.43%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,091
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.45%
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Lincoln is the capital of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. The city covers 93.46 square miles with a population of 280,364 in 2016. It is the second-most populous city in Nebraska and the 71st-largest in the United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area in the southeastern part of the state called the Lincoln Metropolitan and Lincoln-Beatrice Combined Statistical Areas. The statistical area is home to 348,720 people, making it the 105th-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

South Sioux City, NE

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Population: 13,268
% Asian: 3.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 516
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.89%
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South Sioux City is a city in Dakota County, Nebraska, United States. It is located immediately across the Missouri River from Sioux City, Iowa, and is part of the Sioux City, IA-NE-SD Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 13,353, making it the 14th largest city in Nebraska.

Omaha, NE

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Population: 443,072
% Asian: 3.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,289
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.2%
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Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska and the county seat of Douglas County. Omaha is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles north of the mouth of the Platte River. Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha. According to the 2010 census, Omaha’s population was 408,958, making it the nation’s 44th-largest city; this had increased to 446,970 as of a 2016 estimate. Including its suburbs, Omaha formed the 60th-largest metropolitan area in the United States in 2013, with an estimated population of 895,151 residing in eight counties. The Omaha-Council Bluffs-Fremont, Nebraska-IA Combined Statistical Area is 931,667, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 estimate. Nearly 1.3 million people reside within the Greater Omaha area, comprising a 50-mile radius of Downtown Omaha, the city’s center.

La Vista, NE

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Population: 17,064
% Asian: 2.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 458
Percent Change Since 2010: 58.48%
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La Vista is a city in Sarpy County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 15,758 at the 2010 census. The city was incorporated on February 23, 1960.

Bellevue, NE

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Population: 52,993
% Asian: 2.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,355
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.63%
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Kearney, NE

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Population: 32,709
% Asian: 1.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 608
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.6%
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Kearney is a city in and the county seat of Buffalo County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 30,787 at the 2010 census. It is home to the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The westward push of the railroad as the Civil War ended gave birth to the community.

Hastings, NE

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Population: 24,983
% Asian: 1.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 380
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.11%
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Hastings is a city and county seat of Adams County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 24,907 at the 2010 census. It is known as the town where Kool-Aid was invented by Edwin Perkins in 1927, and celebrates that event with the Kool-Aid Days festival every August. Hastings is also known for Fisher Fountain, and during World War II operated the largest Naval Ammunition Depot in the United States.

Sidney, NE

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Population: 6,875
% Asian: 1.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 95
Percent Change Since 2010: -57.4%
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Sidney is a city and county seat of Cheyenne County, Nebraska, United States. The population was 6,757 at the 2010 census.

Papillion, NE

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Population: 19,520
% Asian: 1.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 261
Percent Change Since 2010: -30.03%
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There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Nebraska

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Nebraska according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Nebraska:

  1. Gering
  2. Lexington
  3. Plattsmouth

For more Nebraska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Nebraska

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Crete 5.77% 7,089
2 Lincoln 4.43% 273,018
3 South Sioux City 3.89% 13,268
4 Omaha 3.22% 443,072
5 La Vista 2.68% 17,064
6 Bellevue 2.56% 52,993
7 Kearney 1.86% 32,709
8 Hastings 1.52% 24,983
9 Sidney 1.38% 6,875
10 Papillion 1.34% 19,520
11 Norfolk 1.24% 24,398
12 Grand Island 1.2% 50,895
13 Seward 1.07% 7,133
14 Chadron 0.98% 5,792
15 Beatrice 0.96% 12,358
16 Ralston 0.95% 7,334
17 Fremont 0.84% 26,450
18 Nebraska City 0.71% 7,303
19 Columbus 0.66% 22,668
20 Scottsbluff 0.58% 14,937
21 Wayne 0.58% 5,560
22 North Platte 0.52% 24,311
23 Mccook 0.47% 7,618
24 Alliance 0.37% 8,469
25 Holdrege 0.23% 5,545
26 Blair 0.17% 8,007
27 York 0.04% 7,899
28 Schuyler 0.0% 6,171
29 Plattsmouth 0.0% 6,476
30 Lexington 0.0% 10,090
31 Gering 0.0% 8,401

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