10 Cities In North Carolina With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine 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 252,502 – at 2.5% 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 2018:

  1. Morrisville (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Cary (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Chapel Hill (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Carrboro (Photos | Jobs)
  5. High Point (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Conover (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Oak Ridge (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Apex (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Archdale (Jobs)
  10. Harrisburg (Jobs)

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 2018. 37.31% 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 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 North Carolina.

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 126 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 37.3% 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 Washington 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.

1. Morrisville

Morrisville, North Carolina

Population: 22,600
% Asian: 37.31%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,433
Percent Change Since 2010: 91.96%
More on Morrisville: Write A Review | Data | JobsMorrisville 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.

2. Cary

Cary, North Carolina

Population: 155,822
% Asian: 15.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,997
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.54%
More on Cary: Write A Review | Data | JobsCary 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.

3. Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Population: 59,005
% Asian: 12.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,410
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.97%
More on Chapel Hill: Write A Review | Data | JobsChapel 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.

4. Carrboro

Carrboro, North Carolina

Population: 20,867
% Asian: 10.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,182
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.04%
More on Carrboro: Write A Review | Data | JobsCarrboro 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.

5. High Point

High Point, North Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 108,982
% Asian: 8.21%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,947
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.24%
More on High Point: Write A Review | Data | JobsHigh 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.

6. Conover

Conover, North Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,263
% Asian: 8.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 663
Percent Change Since 2010: 84.68%
More on Conover: Write A Review | Data | JobsConover 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.

7. Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge, North Carolina

Population: 6,617
% Asian: 7.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 472
Percent Change Since 2010: 424.44%
More on Oak Ridge: Write A Review | Data | JobsOak 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.

8. Apex

Apex, North Carolina

Source: Public domain

Population: 43,893
% Asian: 7.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,089
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.28%
More on Apex: Write A Review | Data | JobsApex 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.

9. Archdale


Population: 11,483
% Asian: 7.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 805
Percent Change Since 2010: 95.39%
More on Archdale: Write A Review | Data | JobsArchdale 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.

10. Harrisburg


Population: 14,500
% Asian: 6.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 927
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.53%
More on Harrisburg: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

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. Washington
  2. Bessemer City
  3. Hamlet

For more North Carolina reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In North Carolina

City Rank % Asian Population
Morrisville 1 37.31% 22,600
Cary 2 15.4% 155,822
Chapel Hill 3 12.56% 59,005
Carrboro 4 10.46% 20,867
High Point 5 8.21% 108,982
Conover 6 8.02% 8,263
Oak Ridge 7 7.13% 6,617
Apex 8 7.04% 43,893
Archdale 9 7.01% 11,483
Harrisburg 10 6.39% 14,500
New Bern 11 5.94% 30,075
Charlotte 12 5.94% 808,834
Newton 13 5.59% 12,999
Clemmons 14 5.37% 19,536
Durham 15 5.07% 251,761
Raleigh 16 4.58% 441,326
Hickory 17 4.37% 40,274
Greensboro 18 4.34% 282,177
Knightdale 19 4.34% 13,787
Aberdeen 20 4.25% 7,107
Weddington 21 3.93% 10,254
Concord 22 3.86% 85,753
Mooresville 23 3.71% 35,387
Lexington 24 3.68% 19,089
Matthews 25 3.45% 30,054
Spring Lake 26 3.42% 13,258
Pineville 27 3.42% 8,244
Fletcher 28 3.25% 7,547
Burlington 29 3.04% 52,570
Summerfield 30 3.0% 10,758
Greenville 31 2.8% 89,745
Leland 32 2.76% 17,023
Belmont 33 2.75% 10,494
Jacksonville 34 2.72% 68,404
Fayetteville 35 2.68% 203,670
Holly Springs 36 2.65% 30,126
Statesville 37 2.63% 25,731
Elon 38 2.63% 9,781
Smithfield 39 2.59% 11,746
Mint Hill 40 2.57% 25,024
Huntersville 41 2.57% 51,701
Morehead City 42 2.57% 9,273
Southern Pines 43 2.47% 13,258
Hope Mills 44 2.4% 16,189
Mount Holly 45 2.33% 14,058
Waxhaw 46 2.3% 12,398
Albemarle 47 2.2% 15,968
Cornelius 48 2.17% 27,426
Asheville 49 2.11% 87,531
Garner 50 2.04% 27,625
Davidson 51 2.01% 12,076
Winston-Salem 52 2.0% 238,474
Kernersville 53 1.96% 23,736
Fuquay-Varina 54 1.92% 22,722
Winterville 55 1.92% 9,484
Gastonia 56 1.9% 73,877
Whiteville 57 1.88% 5,535
Shelby 58 1.8% 20,259
Goldsboro 59 1.79% 35,924
Havelock 60 1.77% 20,630
Wesley Chapel 61 1.75% 8,217
Siler City 62 1.68% 8,269
Hillsborough 63 1.65% 6,428
Indian Trail 64 1.63% 36,357
Butner 65 1.56% 7,692
Wake Forest 66 1.51% 36,472
Wilmington 67 1.5% 113,724
Boone 68 1.46% 18,241
Laurinburg 69 1.44% 15,601
Clinton 70 1.43% 8,799
Waynesville 71 1.36% 9,788
Sanford 72 1.34% 29,048
Eden 73 1.33% 15,434
Salisbury 74 1.31% 33,674
Brevard 75 1.31% 7,710
Rocky Mount 76 1.29% 56,175
Hendersonville 77 1.26% 13,548
Stallings 78 1.26% 14,759
Pinehurst 79 1.25% 15,522
Lumberton 80 1.24% 21,646
Thomasville 81 1.24% 27,178
Kannapolis 82 1.23% 45,685
Wilson 83 1.21% 49,558
Black Mountain 84 1.18% 8,168
Monroe 85 1.18% 34,212
Roanoke Rapids 86 1.09% 15,454
Morganton 87 1.06% 16,717
Mebane 88 1.05% 13,592
Unionville 89 1.03% 6,397
Kinston 90 1.02% 21,393
Gibsonville 91 1.01% 6,759
Lewisville 92 0.95% 13,356
Wadesboro 93 0.95% 5,577
Lenoir 94 0.81% 17,956
Henderson 95 0.77% 15,258
Mills River 96 0.73% 6,990
Asheboro 97 0.7% 25,978
Trinity 98 0.69% 6,651
Reidsville 99 0.69% 14,107
Roxboro 100 0.62% 8,329

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