New Jersey Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in New Jersey 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 jersey is 826,944 - at 9.3% of the total population of new jersey.

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

Here are the cities in new jersey with the largest Asian population in 2020:

  1. Palisades Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Fort Lee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Englewood Cliffs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Leonia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Closter (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Edgewater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Cresskill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Ridgefield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Tenafly (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Paramus (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in new jersey had the largest Asian population? Palisades Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in new jersey for 2020. 59.19% of Palisades Park identify as Asian.

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

To see where new jersey 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 jersey or the most diverse places in new jersey.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In New Jersey For 2020

Palisades Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 20,554
% Asian: 59.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,165
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.72%
More on Palisades Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fort Lee, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 36,990
% Asian: 42.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,711
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.67%
More on Fort Lee: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fort Lee is a borough at the eastern border of Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, in the New York City Metropolitan Area, situated atop the Hudson Palisades. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 35,345, reflecting a decline of 116 from the 35,461 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 3,464 from the 31,997 counted in the 1990 Census. The borough is the western terminus of the George Washington Bridge and is located across the Hudson River from the Manhattan borough of New York City. Named for the site of an early American Revolutionary War military encampment, it later became the birthplace of the American film industry.

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,356
% Asian: 41.77%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,237
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.03%
More on Englewood Cliffs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Leonia, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 9,111
% Asian: 40.14%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,657
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.18%
More on Leonia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Leonia is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,937, reflecting an increase of 23 from the 8,914 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 549 from the 8,365 counted in the 1990 Census. It is a suburb of New York City located near the western approach to the George Washington Bridge.

Closter, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,585
% Asian: 38.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,294
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.92%
More on Closter: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Closter is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,373, reflecting a decline of 10 from the 8,383 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 289 from the 8,094 counted in the 1990 Census.

Edgewater, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,184
% Asian: 34.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,258
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.32%
More on Edgewater: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Edgewater is a borough located along the Hudson River in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough had a population of 11,513, reflecting an increase of 3,836 from the 7,677 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,676 from the 5,001 counted in the 1990 Census.

Cresskill, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,730
% Asian: 31.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,789
Percent Change Since 2010: 71.63%
More on Cresskill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cresskill is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 8,573, reflecting an increase of 827 from the 7,746 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 188 from the 7,558 counted in the 1990 Census. This town got its name from "Cress", referring to the watercress which grew in its streams, and "Kill", referring to the stream passing through.

Ridgefield, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 11,248
% Asian: 29.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,350
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.36%
More on Ridgefield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ridgefield is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 11,032, reflecting an increase of 202 from the 10,830 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 834 from the 9,996 counted in the 1990 Census.

Tenafly, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,687
% Asian: 27.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,031
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.35%
More on Tenafly: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paramus, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 26,613
% Asian: 27.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,254
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.7%
More on Paramus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paramus is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 26,342, reflecting an increase of 605 from the 25,737 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 670 from the 25,067 counted in the 1990 Census. A suburb of New York City, Paramus is located 15 to 20 miles northwest of Midtown Manhattan and approximately 8 miles west of Upper Manhattan. In 2013, it was named as a "New Jersey Healthy Town" under the state's Mayor's Wellness Campaign.

How We Determined The Cities In new jersey With The Largest Asian Population For 2020

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 jersey.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2014-2018 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 186 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 59.2% 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. Palisades Park took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Paulsboro was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in new jersey 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.

There You Have It - Asian Populations Across New Jersey

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in New Jersey:

  1. Paulsboro
  2. Point Pleasant
  3. Audubon

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In New Jersey

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Palisades Park 59.19% 20,554
2 Fort Lee 42.47% 36,990
3 Englewood Cliffs 41.77% 5,356
4 Leonia 40.14% 9,111
5 Closter 38.37% 8,585
6 Edgewater 34.95% 12,184
7 Cresskill 31.95% 8,730
8 Ridgefield 29.78% 11,248
9 Tenafly 27.45% 14,687
10 Paramus 27.26% 26,613
11 Norwood 27.14% 5,819
12 Bergenfield 27.05% 27,372
13 Secaucus 26.86% 19,390
14 Little Ferry 25.49% 10,827
15 Jersey City 24.89% 261,746
16 River Edge 21.83% 11,530
17 Old Tappan 21.19% 5,923
18 Harrison 21.17% 16,180
19 Carteret 20.48% 23,682
20 New Milford 19.18% 16,578
21 Atlantic City 16.89% 38,372
22 Metuchen 16.81% 13,858
23 Somerville 16.67% 12,121
24 Dumont 16.45% 17,694
25 Rutherford 16.25% 18,427
26 Cliffside Park 16.04% 24,883
27 East Rutherford 15.96% 9,466
28 Hasbrouck Heights 15.88% 12,091
29 Sayreville 15.59% 44,285
30 South Plainfield 15.46% 23,906
31 Raritan 15.34% 7,797
32 Maywood 14.59% 9,654
33 Ridgewood 14.58% 25,269
34 Watchung 14.29% 6,034
35 New Providence 14.23% 12,808
36 Highland Park 13.84% 13,992
37 Oradell 13.68% 8,134
38 Montvale 13.59% 8,438
39 Fair Lawn 12.31% 33,081
40 Upper Saddle River 12.3% 8,242
41 Wood-Ridge 11.89% 8,511
42 Ridgefield Park 11.81% 12,934
43 Florham Park 11.04% 11,672
44 Bellmawr 10.88% 11,415
45 Hackensack 10.78% 44,381
46 Allendale 10.56% 6,762
47 Lodi 10.32% 24,498
48 Emerson 10.18% 7,611
49 Boonton 10.17% 8,302
50 New Brunswick 9.92% 56,084
51 Bayonne 9.69% 65,300
52 Glen Rock 9.6% 11,826
53 Ventnor City 9.58% 10,232
54 Clifton 9.52% 85,169
55 Hoboken 9.09% 53,211
56 Chatham 9.04% 8,881
57 Carlstadt 8.98% 6,191
58 Westwood 8.75% 11,145
59 Elmwood Park 8.63% 20,112
60 Summit 8.56% 21,921
61 Franklin Lakes 8.55% 10,883
62 Roseland 8.51% 5,849
63 Hillsdale 8.51% 10,395
64 Roselle Park 8.46% 13,568
65 Guttenberg 8.42% 11,436
66 Ramsey 8.36% 14,963
67 Englewood 8.33% 28,332
68 Wharton 8.08% 6,521
69 Bogota 7.94% 8,362
70 Eato 7.61% 12,237
71 North Caldwell 7.51% 6,621
72 Matawan 7.5% 8,826
73 Waldwick 7.21% 9,948
74 Westfield 7.14% 30,086
75 Wallington 7.09% 11,580
76 North Arlington 6.84% 15,724
77 Woodcliff Lake 6.74% 5,816
78 Rockaway 6.64% 6,404
79 Madison 6.47% 16,042
80 Hight 6.39% 5,413
81 Oakland 6.25% 13,009
82 West New York 6.19% 52,477
83 Mountainside 6.17% 6,820
84 Kinnelon 6.17% 10,132
85 Fanwood 6.16% 7,602
86 Totowa 6.14% 10,828
87 Tinton Falls 6.14% 17,731
88 Pompton Lakes 6.06% 11,049
89 Middlesex 6.02% 13,659
90 Dunellen 5.88% 7,284
91 North Plainfield 5.79% 21,640
92 Morristown 5.79% 18,769
93 Glen Ridge 5.68% 7,573
94 Fairview 5.67% 14,269
95 Northfield 5.61% 8,344
96 Jamesburg 5.41% 5,947
97 Stratford 5.34% 6,967
98 Bloomingdale 5.26% 8,105
99 Caldwell 5.21% 7,971
100 Wanaque 5.18% 11,689

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