10 Cities In Nevada With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine the cities in Nevada 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 Nevada is 218,782 – at 7.7% of the total population of Nevada.

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

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

  1. Henderson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Reno (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. North Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Sparks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Fallon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Carson City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Boulder City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Mesquite (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Elko (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Nevada had the largest Asian population?

Henderson took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Nevada for 2018. 7.12% of Henderson identify as Asian.

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

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

How We Determined The Cities In Nevada 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 Nevada.

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 7,000 people. That left us with 12 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 7.1% to 0.1%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Henderson took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Winnemucca was the least Asian city.

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

Henderson, NV

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8.5
/10

Population: 277,872
% Asian: 7.12%
# Of Asian Residents: 19,784
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.5%
More on Henderson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Henderson, officially the City of Henderson, is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with an estimated population of 292,969 in 2016. The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of approximately 1,330 feet.

Reno, NV

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6
/10

Population: 237,121
% Asian: 6.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,213
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.32%
More on Reno: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles from Lake Tahoe. Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment. It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.

Las Vegas, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 613,295
% Asian: 6.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 39,150
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.46%
More on Las Vegas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

North Las Vegas, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 230,436
% Asian: 5.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,608
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.67%
More on North Las Vegas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, in the Las Vegas Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 216,961, with an estimated population of 249,180 in 2017. The city was incorporated on May 16, 1946. It is in the Las Vegas-Paradise, NV MSA and is the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada.

Sparks, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 94,718
% Asian: 5.61%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,309
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.16%
More on Sparks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264. It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.

Fallon, NV

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,410
% Asian: 3.16%
# Of Asian Residents: 266
Percent Change Since 2010: -58.5%
More on Fallon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fallon is a city in Churchill County, Nevada, United States. The population was 8,606 at time of the 2010 census. Fallon is the county seat of Churchill County and is located in the Lahontan Valley.

Fallon and Churchill County are mostly agricultural areas. Although the area is arid, approximately 50,000 acres of its pastureland are irrigated with water from the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District. The principal crop grown is alfalfa for livestock feed. The “Heart O’ Gold” cantaloupes of Churchill County were once distributed across the United States, but are now grown mostly for consumption in Nevada.

Carson City, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 54,412
% Asian: 3.03%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,646
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.82%
More on Carson City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carson City, officially the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City, is an independent city and the capital of the US state of Nevada, named after the mountain man Kit Carson. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,274. The majority of the population of the town lives in Eagle Valley, on the eastern edge of the Carson Range, a branch of the Sierra Nevada, about 30 miles south of Reno. The town originated as a stopover for California bound emigrants, but developed into a city with the Comstock Lode, a silver strike in the mountains to the northeast. The city has served as the capital of Nevada since statehood in 1864 and for much of its history was a hub for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad, although the tracks were removed in the 1950s. Prior to 1969, Carson City was the county seat of Ormsby County. In 1969, the county was abolished, and its territory merged with Carson City to form the Consolidated Municipality of Carson City. With the consolidation, the city limits today extend west across the Sierra Nevada to the California state line in the middle of Lake Tahoe. Like other independent cities in the United States, it is treated as a county-equivalent for census purposes.

Boulder City, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 15,373
% Asian: 2.61%
# Of Asian Residents: 401
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.2%
More on Boulder City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada. It is approximately 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas. As of the 2010 census, the population of Boulder City was 15,023.

Mesquite, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,953
% Asian: 1.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 264
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.09%
More on Mesquite: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mesquite is a U.S. city in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. As of 2015, the United States Census estimates that the city had a population of 17,496. The city is located in the Virgin River valley adjacent to the Virgin Mountains in the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert. It is home to a growing retirement community, as well as several casino resorts and golf courses.

Elko, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 20,078
% Asian: 1.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 294
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.39%
More on Elko: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coordinates: 4050N 11546W 40.833; -115.767 Elko is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 18,297 at the 2010 census. The city straddles the Humboldt River.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Nevada

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

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

  1. Winnemucca
  2. Fernley
  3. Elko

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Nevada

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Henderson 7.12% 277,872
2 Reno 6.42% 237,121
3 Las Vegas 6.38% 613,295
4 North Las Vegas 5.91% 230,436
5 Sparks 5.61% 94,718
6 Fallon 3.16% 8,410
7 Carson City 3.03% 54,412
8 Boulder City 2.61% 15,373
9 Mesquite 1.56% 16,953
10 Elko 1.46% 20,078
11 Fernley 1.46% 19,228
12 Winnemucca 0.05% 7,881

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