These Are The 10 New Hampshire Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019


We used data and science to determine the cities in New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire is 33,048 – at 2.5% of the total population of New Hampshire.

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

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in New Hampshire with the largest Asian population in 2019:

  1. Nashua (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Lebanon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Somersworth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Dover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Portsmouth (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Manchester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Concord (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Keene (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Rochester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Laconia (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in New Hampshire had the largest Asian population?

Nashua took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in New Hampshire for 2019. 7.74% of Nashua identify as Asian.

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

To see where New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire or the most diverse places in New Hampshire.

How We Determined The Cities In New Hampshire 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 New Hampshire.

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 8,000 people. That left us with 13 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 7.7% to 0.2%.

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

Read on for more information on how the cities in New Hampshire 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.

Nashua, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 87,642
% Asian: 7.74%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,781
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.93%
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Nashua is a city in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, Nashua had a total population of 86,494, making it the second-largest city in the state after Manchester. As of 2016 the population had risen to an estimated 87,882.

Lebanon, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 13,544
% Asian: 7.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,040
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.29%
More on Lebanon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lebanon locally is a city in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 13,151 at the 2010 census and an estimated 13,513 as of 2016. Lebanon is located in western New Hampshire, south of Hanover, near the Connecticut River. It is the home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School, together comprising the largest medical facility between Boston, Massachusetts and Burlington, Vermont.

Somersworth, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,797
% Asian: 7.21%
# Of Asian Residents: 850
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.34%
More on Somersworth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Somersworth is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 11,766 at the 2010 census. Somersworth has the smallest area and third-lowest population of New Hampshire’s 13 cities.

Dover, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 30,901
% Asian: 5.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,568
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.98%
More on Dover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dover is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 29,987 at the 2010 census, the largest in the New Hampshire Seacoast region. The population was estimated at 31,153 in 2016. It is the county seat of Strafford County, and home to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, the Woodman Institute Museum, and the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire.

Portsmouth, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,644
% Asian: 4.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,077
Percent Change Since 2010: 73.15%
More on Portsmouth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, in the United States. It is the only city in the county, but only the fourth-largest community, with a population of 21,233 at the 2010 census. As of 2016 the estimated population was 21,485. A historic seaport and popular summer tourist destination, Portsmouth was the home of the Strategic Air Command’s Pease Air Force Base, later converted to Portsmouth International Airport at Pease with limited commercial air service.

Manchester, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 110,601
% Asian: 4.76%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,270
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.91%
More on Manchester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manchester is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England, an area comprising the states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 109,565, and its estimated 2016 population was 110,506. It is one of two seats of Hillsborough County, the state of New Hampshire’s most populous county. Manchester is located near the northern end of the Northeast megalopolis, along the banks of the Merrimack River-which divides the city into eastern and western sections. It was first named by the merchant and inventor Samuel Blodgett. Blodget’s vision was to create a great industrial center similar to that of the original Manchester in England, which was the world’s first industrialized city.

Concord, NH

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 42,717
% Asian: 4.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,713
Percent Change Since 2010: 77.15%
More on Concord: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Concord is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Hampshire and the county seat of Merrimack County. As of the 2010 census, its population was 42,695.

Keene, NH

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,204
% Asian: 1.77%
# Of Asian Residents: 410
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.94%
More on Keene: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Keene is a city in Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 23,409 at the 2010 census. It is the seat of Cheshire County.

Rochester, NH

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 30,212
% Asian: 1.35%
# Of Asian Residents: 408
Percent Change Since 2010: 240.0%
More on Rochester: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rochester is a city in Strafford County, New Hampshire, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 29,752, and in 2016 the estimated population was 30,345. The city includes the villages of East Rochester, Gonic, and North Rochester. Rochester is home to Skyhaven Airport

Laconia, NH

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,237
% Asian: 0.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 115
Percent Change Since 2010: -50.43%
More on Laconia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Laconia is a city in Belknap County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 15,951 at the 2010 census, and an estimated 16,470 as of 2016. It is the county seat of Belknap County. Laconia, situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Winnisquam Lake, includes the villages of Lakeport and Weirs Beach. Each June for nine days beginning on the Saturday of the weekend before Father’s Day and ending on Father’s Day, the city hosts Laconia Motorcycle Week, also more simply known as ‘bike week’, one of the country’s largest rallies, and each winter, the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby. The city is also the site of the state’s annual Pumpkin Festival since 2015, having organized it after its former home of Keene rejected it due to riots in their neighborhoods in 2014. The city also includes one of the colleges of the Community College System of New Hampshire.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across New Hampshire

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

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

  1. Franklin
  2. Berlin
  3. Claremont

For more New Hampshire reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In New Hampshire

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Nashua 7.74% 87,642
2 Lebanon 7.68% 13,544
3 Somersworth 7.21% 11,797
4 Dover 5.07% 30,901
5 Portsmouth 4.98% 21,644
6 Manchester 4.76% 110,601
7 Concord 4.01% 42,717
8 Keene 1.77% 23,204
9 Rochester 1.35% 30,212
10 Laconia 0.71% 16,237
11 Claremont 0.39% 13,028
12 Berlin 0.21% 10,273
13 Franklin 0.15% 8,491

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