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


We used data and science to determine the cities in New Jersey 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 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 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?

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

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

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.

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*
* 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 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.

Palisades Park, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 20,716
% Asian: 56.75%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,756
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.8%
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Fort Lee, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 37,058
% Asian: 41.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,332
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.73%
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.

Leonia, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,191
% Asian: 40.99%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,767
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.65%
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.

Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,435
% Asian: 40.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,221
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.25%
More on Englewood Cliffs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Closter, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,710
% Asian: 35.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,134
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.51%
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: 12,165
% Asian: 35.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,324
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.97%
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.

Ridgefield, NJ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 11,369
% Asian: 29.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,365
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.88%
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.

Secaucus, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,279
% Asian: 29.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,675
Percent Change Since 2010: 106.06%
More on Secaucus: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 5,864
% Asian: 28.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,656
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.07%
More on Norwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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, NJ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 26,919
% Asian: 28.14%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,575
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.26%
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.

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. Audubon
  3. Point Pleasant

For more New Jersey reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In New Jersey

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Palisades Park 56.75% 20,716
2 Fort Lee 41.37% 37,058
3 Leonia 40.99% 9,191
4 Englewood Cliffs 40.86% 5,435
5 Closter 35.98% 8,710
6 Edgewater 35.54% 12,165
7 Ridgefield 29.6% 11,369
8 Secaucus 29.44% 19,279
9 Norwood 28.24% 5,864
10 Paramus 28.14% 26,919
11 Bergenfield 28.01% 27,694
12 Cresskill 27.43% 8,811
13 Little Ferry 26.21% 10,942
14 Tenafly 25.97% 14,882
15 Jersey City 25.28% 265,932
16 Carteret 22.8% 24,040
17 River Edge 22.47% 11,648
18 Harrison 22.19% 15,898
19 Old Tappan 22.15% 5,999
20 East Rutherford 18.79% 9,433
21 Atlantic City 18.23% 39,075
22 New Milford 17.85% 16,760
23 Rutherford 17.52% 18,622
24 South Plainfield 16.88% 24,154
25 Dumont 16.61% 17,882
26 Cliffside Park 16.56% 24,861
27 Sayreville 15.73% 44,744
28 Maywood 15.63% 9,789
29 Raritan 15.53% 7,758
30 Montvale 15.34% 8,440
31 Watchung 14.86% 5,961
32 Metuchen 14.69% 13,940
33 Ridgewood 14.66% 25,554
34 Highland Park 13.91% 14,250
35 Wood-Ridge 13.87% 8,350
36 Ridgefield Park 13.7% 13,070
37 Upper Saddle River 13.67% 8,339
38 Oradell 13.48% 8,222
39 Fair Lawn 13.13% 33,447
40 Hasbrouck Heights 12.89% 12,205
41 New Providence 12.86% 12,716
42 Englewood 12.29% 28,509
43 Allendale 11.74% 6,820
44 Lodi 11.52% 24,805
45 Somerville 11.24% 12,234
46 Glen Rock 10.93% 11,962
47 Florham Park 10.85% 11,792
48 Hackensack 10.39% 44,673
49 Ramsey 10.18% 15,121
50 Wharton 10.04% 6,591
51 Ventnor City 9.82% 10,429
52 Bellmawr 9.8% 11,482
53 Clifton 9.7% 86,207
54 New Brunswick 9.62% 56,792
55 Roseland 9.62% 5,907
56 Hoboken 9.22% 54,117
57 Fanwood 9.04% 7,648
58 Westwood 8.8% 11,246
59 Bayonne 8.8% 66,719
60 Emerson 8.61% 7,668
61 Carlstadt 8.58% 6,268
62 Boonton 8.47% 8,390
63 Chatham 8.46% 9,003
64 Hillsdale 8.43% 10,520
65 Franklin Lakes 8.35% 10,953
66 Roselle Park 8.34% 13,709
67 Eato 8.34% 12,258
68 Elmwood Park 8.33% 20,293
69 Waldwick 8.2% 9,985
70 Jamesburg 8.08% 6,038
71 North Arlington 7.98% 15,877
72 North Caldwell 7.7% 6,637
73 Summit 7.66% 22,155
74 Rockaway 7.66% 6,473
75 Matawan 7.53% 8,898
76 Guttenberg 7.44% 11,733
77 Middlesex 7.36% 13,875
78 Mountainside 6.98% 6,907
79 Madison 6.73% 16,080
80 Woodcliff Lake 6.51% 5,868
81 Woodland Park 6.44% 12,542
82 Absecon 6.38% 8,370
83 Totowa 6.36% 10,829
84 Stratford 6.31% 7,019
85 Westfield 6.28% 30,591
86 Kenilworth 6.17% 8,235
87 West New York 6.17% 53,345
88 Morristown 6.09% 18,833
89 North Plainfield 6.07% 22,092
90 Gloucester City 5.76% 11,333
91 Bogota 5.76% 8,437
92 Glen Ridge 5.75% 7,668
93 Wallington 5.74% 11,701
94 Dunellen 5.74% 7,392
95 Somers Point 5.67% 10,644
96 Oakland 5.58% 13,145
97 Kinnelon 5.56% 10,242
98 Tinton Falls 5.5% 17,902
99 Pompton Lakes 5.33% 11,205
100 Northfield 5.31% 8,480

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