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 York is 1,586,428 – at 8.1% of the total population of New York.
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 York? Which cities and towns in New York have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in New York with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- New Hyde Park (Photos | Jobs)
- Manorhaven (Photos | Jobs)
- Ithaca (Photos | Jobs)
- Valley Stream (Photos | Jobs)
- Scarsdale (Photos | Jobs)
- New York (Photos | Jobs)
- Great Neck Plaza (Jobs)
- Wappingers Falls (Photos | Jobs)
- Williston Park (Photos | Jobs)
- Webster (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in New York had the largest Asian population?
New Hyde Park took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in New York for 2018. 30.39% of New Hyde Park identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where New York ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In New York 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 York.
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*
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 164 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 30.4% 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. New Hyde Park took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Waterloo was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in New York 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. New Hyde Park
Population: 9,854% Asian: 30.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,995
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.88%
More on New Hyde Park: Write A Review | Data | JobsNew Hyde Park is an area that includes the incorporated Village of New Hyde Park in Nassau County, Long Island, New York, United States, as well as surrounding unincorporated areas. The place name, New Hyde Park, and its postal codes, 11040-11099, are used to serve all of these areas.
Population: 30,625% Asian: 16.14%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,942
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.49%
More on Ithaca: Write A Review | Data | JobsIthaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. It is the seat of Tompkins County, as well as the largest community in the Ithaca-Tompkins County metropolitan area. This area contains the municipalities of the Town of Ithaca, the village of Cayuga Heights, and other towns and villages in Tompkins County. The city of Ithaca is located on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake, in Central New York. It is named for the Greek island of Ithaca.
4. Valley Stream
Population: 37,626% Asian: 14.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,380
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.44%
More on Valley Stream: Write A Review | Data | JobsValley Stream is a village in Nassau County, New York, United States. The population in the Village of Valley Stream was 37,511 at the 2010 census.
Population: 17,684% Asian: 14.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,515
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.51%
More on Scarsdale: Write A Review | Data | JobsScarsdale is a town and village in Westchester County, New York. The Town of Scarsdale is coextensive with the Village of Scarsdale, but the community has opted to operate solely with a village government, one of several villages in the state that have a similar governmental situation. As of the 2010 census, Scarsdale’s population was 17,166.
6. New York
Population: 8,461,961% Asian: 13.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,150,513
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.69%
More on New York: Write A Review | Data | JobsThe City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2016 population of 8,537,673 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles, New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, one of the most populous urban agglomerations in the world with an estimated 23.7million residents as of 2016. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, and sports. The city’s fast pace defines the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.
7. Great Neck Plaza
Population: 6,924 % Asian: 13.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 905
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.63%
More on Great Neck Plaza: Write A Review | Data | JobsGreat Neck Plaza is a village in the town of North Hempstead in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population was 6,707 at the 2010 census.
8. Wappingers Falls
Population: 5,429% Asian: 12.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 668
Percent Change Since 2010: 117.59%
More on Wappingers Falls: Write A Review | Data | JobsWappingers Falls is a village in Dutchess County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 5,522. The community was named for the cascade in Wappinger Creek. A portion of the village is in the town of Wappinger, and the other part is in the town of Poughkeepsie, with Wappinger Creek forming the dividing line between the towns.
9. Williston Park
Population: 7,282% Asian: 11.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 865
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.82%
More on Williston Park: Write A Review | Data | JobsWilliston Park is an incorporated village in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population was 7,287 at the 2010 census.
Population: 5,532% Asian: 11.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 646
Percent Change Since 2010: 221.39%
More on Webster: Write A Review | Data | JobsWebster is a town in the northeast corner of Monroe County, New York, United States. The town is named after orator and statesman Daniel Webster. The population was 42,641 at the 2010 census. The town’s motto is “Where Life Is Worth Living.” The town contains a village also named Webster.
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across New York
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across New York according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in New York:
- North Syracuse
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