10 Cities In New Jersey With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine 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 813,826 – at 9.1% 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 2018:

  1. Palisades Park (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Englewood Cliffs (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Fort Lee (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Leonia (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Closter (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Edgewater (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Ridgefield (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Little Ferry (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Bergenfield (Photos | Jobs)
  10. Norwood (Photos | Jobs)

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 2018. 57.13% 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 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 New Jersey.

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 5,000 people. That left us with 187 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 57.1% 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.

1. Palisades Park

Palisades Park, New Jersey

Population: 20,499
% Asian: 57.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,712
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.38%
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2. Englewood Cliffs

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,405
% Asian: 42.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,298
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.03%
More on Englewood Cliffs: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

3. Fort Lee

Fort Lee, New Jersey

Population: 36,607
% Asian: 41.48%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,185
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.59%
More on Fort Lee: Write A Review | Data | JobsFort 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.

4. Leonia

Leonia, New Jersey

Population: 9,137
% Asian: 40.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,696
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.41%
More on Leonia: Write A Review | Data | JobsLeonia 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.

5. Closter

Closter, New Jersey

Population: 8,650
% Asian: 39.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,423
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.08%
More on Closter: Write A Review | Data | JobsCloster 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.

6. Edgewater

Edgewater, New Jersey

Population: 11,998
% Asian: 34.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,106
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.52%
More on Edgewater: Write A Review | Data | JobsEdgewater 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.

7. Ridgefield

Ridgefield, New Jersey

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,294
% Asian: 32.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,615
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.56%
More on Ridgefield: Write A Review | Data | JobsRidgefield 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.

8. Little Ferry

Little Ferry, New Jersey

Population: 10,868
% Asian: 29.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,256
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.74%
More on Little Ferry: Write A Review | Data | JobsLittle Ferry is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough’s population was 10,626, reflecting a decline of 174 from the 10,800 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 811 from the 9,989 counted in the 1990 Census.

9. Bergenfield

Bergenfield, New Jersey

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,513
% Asian: 28.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,861
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.02%
More on Bergenfield: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

10. Norwood

Norwood, New Jersey

Population: 5,828
% Asian: 27.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,627
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.7%
More on Norwood: Write A Review | Data | JobsNorwood 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.

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. Bridgeton

For more New Jersey reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In New Jersey

City Rank % Asian Population
Palisades Park 1 57.13% 20,499
Englewood Cliffs 2 42.52% 5,405
Fort Lee 3 41.48% 36,607
Leonia 4 40.45% 9,137
Closter 5 39.57% 8,650
Edgewater 6 34.22% 11,998
Ridgefield 7 32.01% 11,294
Little Ferry 8 29.96% 10,868
Bergenfield 9 28.57% 27,513
Norwood 10 27.92% 5,828
Secaucus 11 27.04% 18,737
Paramus 12 26.41% 26,795
Jersey City 13 24.91% 261,666
Tenafly 14 24.9% 14,821
Cresskill 15 24.59% 8,745
River Edge 16 22.09% 11,586
Carteret 17 20.45% 23,966
Harrison 18 19.92% 15,007
Old Tappan 19 19.13% 5,942
Metuchen 20 17.37% 13,791
New Milford 21 17.37% 16,682
Rutherford 22 16.61% 18,480
East Rutherford 23 16.51% 9,236
Atlantic City 24 16.44% 39,306
South Plainfield 25 16.36% 23,963
Raritan 26 16.02% 7,539
Dumont 27 15.56% 17,788
Highland Park 28 15.13% 14,245
Ridgewood 29 14.86% 25,430
Sayreville 30 14.85% 44,260
Rockaway 31 14.49% 6,472
Upper Saddle River 32 14.19% 8,301
Ridgefield Park 33 13.91% 12,976
Watchung 34 13.59% 5,944
Cliffside Park 35 13.45% 24,661
Wood-Ridge 36 13.37% 8,109
Oradell 37 12.98% 8,160
Montvale 38 12.95% 8,285
Hasbrouck Heights 39 12.85% 12,124
Maywood 40 12.75% 9,726
Englewood 41 12.27% 28,184
Fair Lawn 42 12.23% 33,205
New Providence 43 12.18% 12,434
Somerville 44 12.12% 12,207
Allendale 45 11.22% 6,767
Ventnor City 46 10.8% 10,505
Lodi 47 10.29% 24,654
Florham Park 48 10.27% 11,787
Glen Rock 49 10.2% 11,887
Hackensack 50 9.86% 44,271
Bayonne 51 9.67% 65,772
North Arlington 52 9.55% 15,788
Clifton 53 9.23% 85,578
Ramsey 54 9.21% 15,000
Bellmawr 55 8.9% 11,503
Chatham 56 8.83% 9,030
New Brunswick 57 8.78% 56,427
Bogota 58 8.74% 8,348
Hoboken 59 8.67% 53,136
Eato 60 8.64% 12,233
Matawan 61 8.64% 8,894
Roseland 62 8.53% 5,875
Summit 63 8.32% 21,895
Middlesex 64 8.17% 13,811
Elmwood Park 65 7.8% 20,135
Boonton 66 7.65% 8,405
Emerson 67 7.47% 7,621
Fanwood 68 7.44% 7,530
Hillsdale 69 7.42% 10,454
Roselle Park 70 7.34% 13,560
Woodland Park 71 7.15% 12,358
Franklin Lakes 72 7.14% 10,810
Carlstadt 73 7.12% 6,238
Westwood 74 7.0% 11,170
Guttenberg 75 6.9% 11,628
Woodcliff Lake 76 6.83% 5,844
Wharton 77 6.51% 6,586
Gloucester City 78 6.45% 11,357
Dunellen 79 6.42% 7,355
Westfield 80 6.4% 30,438
Totowa 81 6.38% 10,900
Northfield 82 6.36% 8,537
Waldwick 83 6.18% 9,922
Mountainside 84 6.12% 6,835
West New York 85 5.99% 52,407
Wanaque 86 5.86% 11,636
Absecon 87 5.84% 8,438
Madison 88 5.79% 16,090
Mil 89 5.73% 7,016
Lincoln Park 90 5.69% 10,488
Pompton Lakes 91 5.54% 11,163
Haledon 92 5.5% 8,399
South River 93 5.47% 16,305
North Caldwell 94 5.34% 6,519
Manasquan 95 5.26% 5,812
Wallington 96 5.24% 11,618
Fairview 97 5.16% 14,314
Stratford 98 5.04% 7,021
Kinnelon 99 4.95% 10,239
Keyport 100 4.83% 7,136

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