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

Morrisville, NC

Source: Town of Morrisville
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 22,600
% Asian: 37.31%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,433
Percent Change Since 2010: 91.96%
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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: 155,822
% Asian: 15.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,997
Percent Change Since 2010: 61.54%
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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: 59,005
% Asian: 12.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,410
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.97%
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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.

Carrboro, NC

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 20,867
% Asian: 10.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,182
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.04%
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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.

High Point, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 108,982
% Asian: 8.21%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,947
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.24%
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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.

Conover, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,263
% Asian: 8.02%
# Of Asian Residents: 663
Percent Change Since 2010: 84.68%
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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.

Oak Ridge, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,617
% Asian: 7.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 472
Percent Change Since 2010: 424.44%
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.

Apex, NC

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 43,893
% Asian: 7.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,089
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.28%
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: 11,483
% Asian: 7.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 805
Percent Change Since 2010: 95.39%
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.

Harrisburg, NC

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,500
% Asian: 6.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 927
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.53%
More on Harrisburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

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

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