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 Dakota is 9,146 – at 1.2% of the total population of North Dakota.
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 Dakota? Which cities and towns in North Dakota have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in North Dakota with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- Fargo (Photos | Jobs)
- Grand Forks (Photos | Jobs)
- West Fargo (Photos | Jobs)
- Dickinson (Photos | Jobs)
- Minot (Photos | Jobs)
- Bismarck (Photos | Jobs)
- Jamestown (Photos | Jobs)
- Valley City (Photos | Jobs)
- Wahpeton (Photos | Jobs)
- Devils Lake (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in North Dakota had the largest Asian population?
Fargo took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in North Dakota for 2018. 3.33% of Fargo identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where North Dakota ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In North Dakota 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 Dakota.
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 6,000 people. That left us with 12 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 3.3% to 0.1%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Fargo took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Mandan was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in North Dakota 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.
Population: 115,950% Asian: 3.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,866
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.78%
More on Fargo: Write A Review | Data | JobsFargo is the most populous city in the state of North Dakota, accounting for nearly 16% of the state population. Fargo is also the county seat of Cass County. According to the 2016 United States Census estimates, its population was 120,762, making it the 229th-most populous city in the United States. Fargo, along with its twin city of Moorhead, Minnesota, as well as the adjacent cities of West Fargo, North Dakota and Dilworth, Minnesota, form the core of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which in 2016 contained a population of 238,124. In 2014, Forbes magazine ranked Fargo as the fourth fastest-growing small city in the United States.
2. Grand Forks
Population: 55,831% Asian: 2.74%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,532
Percent Change Since 2010: 60.08%
More on Grand Forks: Write A Review | Data | JobsGrand Forks is the third-largest city in the State of North Dakota and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. According to the 2010 census, the city’s population was 52,838, while the total of the city and surrounding metropolitan area was 98,461. Grand Forks, along with its twin city of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, forms the center of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is often called Greater Grand Forks or The Grand Cities.
3. West Fargo
Population: 31,557% Asian: 1.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 617
Percent Change Since 2010: 127.68%
More on West Fargo: Write A Review | Data | JobsWest Fargo is a city in Cass County, North Dakota, United States. It is, as of the 2016 Census Estimates, the fifth largest city in the state of North Dakota with a population estimated at 34,858, and it is one of the state’s fastest growing cities. West Fargo was founded in 1926. The city is part of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Population: 21,985% Asian: 1.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 401
Percent Change Since 2010: 86.51%
More on Dickinson: Write A Review | Data | JobsDickinson is a city in Stark County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stark County. The population was 17,787 at the 2010 census. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated 2015 population is 23,765.
Population: 47,338% Asian: 1.25%
# Of Asian Residents: 591
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.63%
More on Minot: Write A Review | Data | JobsMinot MY-not) is a city in and the county seat of Ward County, North Dakota, United States, in the state’s north-central region. It is most widely known for the Air Force base located approximately 15 miles north of the city. With a population of 40,888 at the 2010 census, Minot is the fourth largest city in the state and a trading center for a large portion of northern North Dakota, southwestern Manitoba, and southeastern Saskatchewan. Founded in 1886 during the construction of the Great Northern Railway, Minot is also known as “Magic City”, commemorating its remarkable growth in size over a short time.
Population: 68,981% Asian: 0.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 662
Percent Change Since 2010: 152.67%
More on Bismarck: Write A Review | Data | JobsBismarck is the capital of the U.S. state of North Dakota and the county seat of Burleigh County. It is the second-most populous city in North Dakota after Fargo. The city’s population was estimated in 2016 at 72,417, while its metropolitan population was 131,635. In 2015, Forbes magazine ranked Bismarck as the seventh fastest-growing small city in the United States.
Population: 15,441% Asian: 0.63%
# Of Asian Residents: 97
Percent Change Since 2010: 86.54%
More on Jamestown: Write A Review | Data | JobsJamestown is a city in Stutsman County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Stutsman County. The population was 15,427 at the 2010 census, making it the ninth largest city in North Dakota. Jamestown was founded in 1872.
8. Valley City
Population: 6,615% Asian: 0.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 36
Percent Change Since 2010: -76.16%
More on Valley City: Write A Review | Data | JobsValley City is a city in Barnes County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Barnes County. The population was 6,585 during the 2010 census, making it the thirteenth largest city in North Dakota. Valley City was founded in 1874.
Population: 7,844% Asian: 0.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 33
Percent Change Since 2010: -70.8%
More on Wahpeton: Write A Review | Data | JobsWahpeton is a city in Richland County, in southeastern North Dakota, United States. It is located along the Bois de Sioux River at its confluence with the Otter Tail River, forming the Red River of the North. Wahpeton is the county seat of Richland County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city’s 2015 population was 7,899.
10. Devils Lake
Population: 7,299% Asian: 0.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 29
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.59%
More on Devils Lake: Write A Review | Data | JobsDevils Lake is a city in Ramsey County, North Dakota, United States. It is the county seat of Ramsey County. The population was 7,141 at the 2010 census. It is named after the nearby body of water, Devils Lake. The first house in Devils Lake was built in 1882. It was surveyed in 1883 and named Creelsburg and later Creel City, after the surveyor, Heber M. Creel. In 1884 it was renamed Devils Lake.
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across North Dakota
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across North Dakota according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in North Dakota:
- Devils Lake
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