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 838,872 – at 9.4% 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?
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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 2019. 56.75% 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.
How We Determined The Cities In New Jersey 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 Jersey.
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*
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 56.7% 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Secaucus is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 16,264, reflecting an increase of 333 from the 15,931 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,870 from the 14,061 counted in the 1990 Census.
Norwood is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 5,711, reflecting a decline of 40 from the 5,751 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 893 from the 4,858 counted in the 1990 Census.
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.
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:
- Point Pleasant
For more New Jersey reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In New Jersey
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In New Jersey
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In New Jersey
Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In New Jersey
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