North Carolina Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


We used data and science to determine the cities in North Carolina with the largest Asian population.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in North Carolina 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 north carolina is 280,059 - at 2.8% of the total population of north carolina.

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 north carolina? Which cities and towns in north carolina have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

Here are the cities in north carolina with the largest Asian population in 2020:

  1. Morrisville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cary (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Chapel Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Conover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Carrboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Harrisburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Apex (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. High Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Archdale (Homes For Sale)
  10. Charlotte (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in north carolina had the largest Asian population? Morrisville took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in north carolina for 2020. 38.18% of Morrisville identify as Asian.

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

To see where north carolina 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 north carolina or the most diverse places in north carolina.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In North Carolina For 2020

Morrisville, NC

Source: Town of Morrisville
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,007
% Asian: 38.18%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,548
Percent Change Since 2010: 117.35%
More on Morrisville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Morrisville is a town located in both Wake and Durham counties of the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 18,576 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town's population to be 21,932 as of July 1, 2013. Morrisville is part of the Research Triangle metropolitan region. The regional name originated after the 1959 creation of the Research Triangle Park, located midway between the cities of Raleigh and Durham. The Research Triangle region encompasses the U.S. Census Bureau's Combined Statistical Area of Raleigh-Durham-Cary. The estimated population of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary CSA was 1,565,223 as of July 1, 2006, with the Raleigh-Cary Metropolitan Statistical Area portion estimated at 994,551 residents. The U.S. headquarters of Chinese multinational Lenovo are located in the municipal limits.

Cary, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 163,266
% Asian: 17.76%
# Of Asian Residents: 28,989
Percent Change Since 2010: 95.15%
More on Cary: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cary is the seventh-largest municipality in North Carolina. Cary is predominantly in Wake, with a small area in Chatham counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina and is the county's second-largest municipality and the third-largest municipality in The Triangle after Raleigh and Durham. The town's population was 135,234 as of the 2010 census, making it the largest town and seventh-largest municipality statewide. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town's population to be 159,769 as of July 1, 2015. Cary is the second most populous incorporated town in the United States.

Chapel Hill, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 59,561
% Asian: 12.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,369
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.29%
More on Chapel Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chapel Hill is a town in Orange and Durham counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its population was 57,233 in the 2010 census, making Chapel Hill the 15th-largest city in the state. Chapel Hill, Durham, and the state capital, Raleigh, make up the corners of the Research Triangle, with a total population of 1,998,808.

Conover, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,300
% Asian: 12.18%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,011
Percent Change Since 2010: 181.62%
More on Conover: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Conover is a city in Catawba County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 8,165 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 8,236 in 2013, making Conover the fastest growing city in the Hickory Metro Area. It is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area and Charlotte Metropolitan Area.

Carrboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,216
% Asian: 10.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,254
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.06%
More on Carrboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Carrboro is a town in Orange County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 19,582 at the 2010 census. The town, which is part of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill combined statistical area, was named after North Carolina industrialist Julian Shakespeare Carr.

Harrisburg, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,269
% Asian: 8.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,266
Percent Change Since 2010: 98.74%
More on Harrisburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Apex, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 48,254
% Asian: 8.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,892
Percent Change Since 2010: 64.15%
More on Apex: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Apex is a town in Wake County, North Carolina and a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the town's population to be 43,907 as of July 1, 2014.

High Point, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 111,035
% Asian: 8.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,906
Percent Change Since 2010: 56.52%
More on High Point: Real Estate | Data | Photos

High Point is a city located in the Piedmont Triad region of the State of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census the city had a total population of 104,371, with an estimated population of 108,629 in 2014. High Point is currently the ninth-largest municipality in North Carolina.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,538
% Asian: 7.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 865
Percent Change Since 2010: 109.95%
More on Archdale: Real Estate | Data

Archdale is a city in Guilford and Randolph counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 11,415 at the 2010 census, up from 9,014 at the 2000 census.

Charlotte, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 841,611
% Asian: 6.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 54,822
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.69%
More on Charlotte: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Charlotte is the most populous city in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is the county seat of Mecklenburg County. In 2016, the U.S.Census Bureau estimated the population was 842,051, making it the 17th-most populous city in the United States. The Charlotte metropolitan area ranks 22nd-largest in the U.S., and had a 2016 population of 2,474,314. The Charlotte metropolitan area is part of a sixteen-county market region or combined statistical area with a 2016 U.S.Census population estimate of 2,632,249. Between 2004 and 2014, Charlotte was ranked as the country's fastest growing metro area, with 888,000 new residents. Based on U.S. Census data from 2005 to 2015, it also tops the 50 largest U.S. cities as the millennial hub. It is the second-largest city in the southeastern United States, just behind Jacksonville, Florida. It is the third-fastest growing major city in the United States. It is listed as a "gamma-minus" global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. Residents are referred to as "Charlotteans".

How We Determined The Cities In north carolina 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 north carolina.

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 126 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 38.2% 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. Morrisville took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Unionville was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in north carolina 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 North Carolina

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

If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in North Carolina:

  1. Unionville
  2. Nashville
  3. Oak Island

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In North Carolina

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Morrisville 38.18% 25,007
2 Cary 17.76% 163,266
3 Chapel Hill 12.37% 59,561
4 Conover 12.18% 8,300
5 Carrboro 10.62% 21,216
6 Harrisburg 8.29% 15,269
7 Apex 8.07% 48,254
8 High Point 8.02% 111,035
9 Archdale 7.5% 11,538
10 Charlotte 6.51% 841,611
11 New Bern 5.86% 29,958
12 Mooresville 5.55% 37,165
13 Clemmons 5.42% 20,050
14 Hickory 5.38% 40,402
15 Oak Ridge 5.3% 6,829
16 Durham 5.3% 264,310
17 Pineville 5.0% 8,574
18 Weddington 4.91% 10,574
19 Greensboro 4.73% 288,719
20 Concord 4.66% 89,729
21 Raleigh 4.47% 457,159
22 Belmont 4.36% 11,768
23 Stallings 3.85% 15,240
24 Fletcher 3.62% 7,952
25 Aberdeen 3.46% 7,419
26 Burlington 3.27% 52,524
27 Lexington 3.24% 18,897
28 Spring Lake 3.04% 12,284
29 Smithfield 2.96% 12,117
30 Elon 2.94% 11,008
31 Mount Holly 2.93% 15,305
32 Whiteville 2.88% 5,450
33 Jacksonville 2.85% 73,226
34 Fayetteville 2.82% 209,867
35 Matthews 2.75% 31,400
36 Waxhaw 2.73% 14,383
37 Trinity 2.7% 6,621
38 Huntersville 2.59% 54,572
39 Knightdale 2.58% 15,198
40 Holly Springs 2.58% 33,341
41 Greenville 2.56% 91,207
42 Cornelius 2.42% 28,649
43 Winston-Salem 2.41% 242,125
44 Mint Hill 2.32% 26,168
45 Mebane 2.21% 15,198
46 Goldsboro 2.18% 34,972
47 Hillsborough 2.15% 7,083
48 Williamston 2.14% 5,375
49 Leland 2.13% 19,157
50 Winterville 2.1% 9,546
51 Indian Trail 2.08% 37,983
52 Gastonia 1.99% 75,138
53 Southern Pines 1.92% 13,694
54 Garner 1.91% 28,731
55 Pinehurst 1.83% 15,821
56 Butner 1.83% 7,699
57 Kannapolis 1.8% 47,553
58 Hope Mills 1.8% 15,762
59 Summerfield 1.79% 11,044
60 Asheville 1.77% 90,531
61 Morehead City 1.75% 9,304
62 Hendersonville 1.74% 13,809
63 Siler City 1.73% 8,106
64 Havelock 1.72% 20,330
65 Woodfin 1.68% 6,487
66 Wesley Chapel 1.64% 8,633
67 Kernersville 1.64% 24,088
68 Rockingham 1.63% 8,994
69 Statesville 1.61% 26,263
70 Newton 1.61% 13,005
71 Albemarle 1.59% 15,889
72 Wake Forest 1.55% 40,159
73 Eden 1.47% 15,121
74 Mills River 1.46% 7,173
75 Laurinburg 1.42% 15,253
76 Wilmington 1.41% 118,094
77 Morganton 1.39% 16,466
78 Gibsonville 1.37% 7,024
79 Lumberton 1.35% 21,198
80 Fuquay-Varina 1.34% 25,932
81 Clinton 1.32% 8,557
82 Roanoke Rapids 1.3% 14,937
83 Hamlet 1.27% 6,362
84 Wilson 1.24% 49,230
85 Rocky Mount 1.19% 54,982
86 Davidson 1.16% 12,666
87 Wadesboro 1.16% 5,351
88 Elizabeth City 1.14% 17,604
89 Kinston 1.13% 20,659
90 Henderson 1.13% 14,986
91 Thomasville 1.05% 26,839
92 Black Mountain 1.01% 8,137
93 Sawmills 0.99% 5,159
94 Salisbury 0.97% 33,652
95 Monroe 0.97% 34,679
96 Kill Devil Hills 0.95% 7,035
97 Waynesville 0.95% 9,898
98 Clayton 0.88% 20,324
99 Marion 0.84% 7,839
100 Sanford 0.83% 29,274

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