These Are The 10 North Carolina Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019


We used data and science to determine the cities in North Carolina 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 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 267,079 – at 2.7% 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?

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

  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. Oak Ridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. High Point (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Harrisburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Apex (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Archdale (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 2019. 37.04% 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.

How We Determined The Cities In North Carolina 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 North Carolina.

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 126 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 37.0% 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 Nashville was the least Asian city.

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.

Morrisville, NC

Source: Town of Morrisville
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 23,873
% Asian: 37.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,843
Percent Change Since 2010: 101.3%
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: 159,715
% Asian: 16.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 26,865
Percent Change Since 2010: 80.85%
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

8.5
/10

Population: 59,234
% Asian: 12.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,425
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.22%
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: 8,288
% Asian: 12.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,026
Percent Change Since 2010: 185.79%
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: 21,099
% Asian: 9.43%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,990
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.3%
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.

Oak Ridge, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,728
% Asian: 8.31%
# Of Asian Residents: 559
Percent Change Since 2010: 521.11%
More on Oak Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Ridge is a town in northwestern Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,185 at the 2010 census, up from 3,988 at the 2000 census. As of 2015 the population had risen to an estimated 6,671. Oak Ridge is 15 miles northwest of the center of Greensboro, North Carolina’s third-largest city, and it is a part of the Piedmont Triad urban area.

High Point, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 109,849
% Asian: 8.15%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,948
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.26%
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.

Harrisburg, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,856
% Asian: 7.61%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,130
Percent Change Since 2010: 77.39%
More on Harrisburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Apex, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 45,899
% Asian: 7.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,406
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.65%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,509
% Asian: 6.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 790
Percent Change Since 2010: 91.75%
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.

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. Nashville
  2. Oak Island
  3. Bessemer City

For more North Carolina reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In North Carolina

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Morrisville 37.04% 23,873
2 Cary 16.82% 159,715
3 Chapel Hill 12.54% 59,234
4 Conover 12.38% 8,288
5 Carrboro 9.43% 21,099
6 Oak Ridge 8.31% 6,728
7 High Point 8.15% 109,849
8 Harrisburg 7.61% 14,856
9 Apex 7.42% 45,899
10 Archdale 6.86% 11,509
11 New Bern 6.5% 29,664
12 Charlotte 6.21% 826,060
13 Mooresville 5.8% 36,577
14 Durham 5.14% 257,232
15 Newton 4.84% 12,991
16 Weddington 4.77% 10,388
17 Raleigh 4.53% 449,477
18 Greensboro 4.44% 284,816
19 Clemmons 4.38% 19,844
20 Hickory 4.35% 40,157
21 Concord 4.26% 87,607
22 Pineville 4.17% 8,418
23 Knightdale 4.1% 14,363
24 Aberdeen 4.06% 7,265
25 Williamston 4.04% 5,398
26 Belmont 3.82% 11,373
27 Whiteville 3.75% 5,487
28 Stallings 3.44% 14,970
29 Burlington 3.34% 52,813
30 Lexington 3.3% 18,916
31 Smithfield 3.0% 11,824
32 Jacksonville 2.99% 73,661
33 Matthews 2.86% 30,760
34 Elon 2.81% 9,939
35 Fayetteville 2.77% 210,324
36 Greenville 2.73% 90,347
37 Fletcher 2.69% 7,737
38 Spring Lake 2.6% 12,746
39 Waxhaw 2.59% 13,343
40 Mount Holly 2.57% 14,948
41 Mint Hill 2.5% 25,600
42 Huntersville 2.46% 53,302
43 Holly Springs 2.45% 31,827
44 Winterville 2.41% 9,488
45 Hope Mills 2.32% 16,106
46 Sawmills 2.31% 5,161
47 Morehead City 2.26% 9,200
48 Leland 2.26% 18,023
49 Albemarle 2.25% 15,874
50 Kernersville 2.25% 23,988
51 Winston-Salem 2.24% 240,193
52 Hillsborough 2.18% 7,033
53 Rockingham 2.14% 9,094
54 Cornelius 2.12% 28,052
55 Goldsboro 2.09% 35,432
56 Siler City 2.02% 8,116
57 Gastonia 1.97% 74,381
58 Davidson 1.95% 12,325
59 Garner 1.91% 28,048
60 Asheville 1.89% 89,318
61 Butner 1.83% 7,709
62 Statesville 1.83% 25,872
63 Mebane 1.8% 14,426
64 Southern Pines 1.79% 13,426
65 Havelock 1.77% 20,404
66 Brevard 1.71% 7,759
67 Thomasville 1.64% 26,901
68 Fuquay-Varina 1.62% 24,373
69 Kannapolis 1.58% 46,498
70 Wake Forest 1.52% 38,473
71 Hendersonville 1.51% 13,620
72 Lumberton 1.51% 21,366
73 Waynesville 1.49% 9,804
74 Hamlet 1.48% 6,401
75 Wesley Chapel 1.44% 8,447
76 Indian Trail 1.42% 37,191
77 Wilmington 1.41% 115,261
78 Morganton 1.39% 16,478
79 Woodfin 1.31% 6,394
80 Summerfield 1.29% 10,957
81 Mills River 1.26% 7,079
82 Laurinburg 1.25% 15,320
83 Wilson 1.23% 49,237
84 Black Mountain 1.22% 8,110
85 Pinehurst 1.21% 15,580
86 Trinity 1.21% 6,610
87 Rocky Mount 1.21% 55,373
88 Sanford 1.18% 29,051
89 Roanoke Rapids 1.14% 15,107
90 Clinton 1.14% 8,630
91 Monroe 1.11% 34,368
92 Eden 1.11% 15,235
93 Henderson 1.09% 15,009
94 Salisbury 1.05% 33,561
95 Wadesboro 0.98% 5,414
96 Unionville 0.95% 6,497
97 Wendell 0.95% 6,516
98 Boone 0.93% 18,493
99 Kings Mountain 0.9% 10,929
100 Gibsonville 0.89% 6,845

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