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 Oregon is 158,209 – at 4.0% of the total population of Oregon.
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 Oregon? Which cities and towns in Oregon have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Oregon with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- Happy Valley (Photos | Jobs)
- Beaverton (Photos | Jobs)
- Hillsboro (Photos | Jobs)
- Corvallis (Photos | Jobs)
- Portland (Photos | Jobs)
- Tigard (Photos | Jobs)
- Lake Oswego (Photos | Jobs)
- Troutdale (Photos | Jobs)
- West Linn (Photos | Jobs)
- Sherwood (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in Oregon had the largest Asian population?
Happy Valley took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Oregon for 2018. 18.38% of Happy Valley identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Oregon ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Oregon 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 Oregon.
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 5,000 people. That left us with 74 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 18.4% to 0.2%.
Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Happy Valley took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Prineville was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Oregon 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. Happy Valley
Population: 17,474% Asian: 18.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,212
Percent Change Since 2010: 121.06%
More on Happy Valley: Write A Review | Data | JobsHappy Valley is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,903 at the 2010 census.
Population: 94,865% Asian: 11.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,708
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.54%
More on Beaverton: Write A Review | Data | JobsBeaverton is a city in Washington County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. The city center is 7 miles west of downtown Portland in the Tualatin River Valley. As of the 2010 census, the population is 89,803. This makes it the second-largest city in the county and Oregon’s sixth-largest city. Fire protection and EMS services are provided through Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue.
Population: 100,462% Asian: 10.73%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,780
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.67%
More on Hillsboro: Write A Review | Data | JobsHillsboro is the fifth-largest city in the State of Oregon and is the county seat of Washington County. Lying in the Tualatin Valley on the west side of the Portland metropolitan area, the city hosts many high-technology companies, such as Intel, that comprise what has become known as the Silicon Forest. At the 2010 Census, the city’s population was 91,611.
Population: 55,766% Asian: 8.8%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,907
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.19%
More on Corvallis: Write A Review | Data | JobsCorvallis is a city in central western Oregon, United States. It is the county seat of Benton County and the principal city of the Corvallis, Oregon Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Benton County. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 54,462. Its population was estimated by the Portland Research Center to be 55,298 in 2013. Corvallis is the location of Oregon State University, a large Hewlett-Packard research campus, and Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center.
Population: 620,589% Asian: 7.49%
# Of Asian Residents: 46,488
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.15%
More on Portland: Write A Review | Data | JobsPortland is the largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the seat of Multnomah County. It is a major port in the Willamette Valley region of the Pacific Northwest, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. The city covers 145 square miles and had an estimated population of 639,863 in 2016, making it the 26th most populous city in the United States, and the second-most populous in the Pacific Northwest. Approximately 2,424,955 people live in the Portland metropolitan statistical area, making it the 25th most populous MSA in the United States. Its Combined Statistical Area ranks 18th with a population of 3,160,488. Roughly 60% of Oregon’s population resides within the Portland metropolitan area.
Population: 50,787% Asian: 6.8%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,455
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.09%
More on Tigard: Write A Review | Data | JobsTigard is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. The population was 48,035 at the 2010 census. As of 2007, Tigard was the state’s 12th largest city. Incorporated in 1961, the city is located south of Beaverton and north of Tualatin, and is part of the Portland metropolitan area. Interstate 5 and Oregon Route 217 are the main freeways in the city, with Oregon Route 99W and Oregon Route 210 serving as other major highways. Public transit service is provided by TriMet, via several bus routes and the WES Commuter Rail line.
7. Lake Oswego
Population: 38,065% Asian: 6.16%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,345
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.45%
More on Lake Oswego: Write A Review | Data | JobsLake Oswego is a city in the State of Oregon, primarily in Clackamas County with small portions extending into neighboring Multnomah and Washington counties. Located about 8 miles south of Portland and surrounding the 405-acre Oswego Lake, the town was founded in 1847 and incorporated as Oswego in 1910. The city was the hub of Oregon’s brief iron industry in the late 19th century and is today an affluent suburb of Portland. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 36,619, a 3.8% increase over the 2000 population of 35,278.
Population: 16,535% Asian: 6.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,008
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.77%
More on Troutdale: Write A Review | Data | JobsTroutdale is a city in Multnomah County, Oregon, U.S.A., north of Gresham and east of Wood Village. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 15,962. The city serves as the western gateway to the Historic Columbia River Highway, the Mount Hood Scenic Byway, and the Columbia River Gorge.
9. West Linn
Population: 26,242% Asian: 5.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,414
Percent Change Since 2010: 75.43%
More on West Linn: Write A Review | Data | JobsWest Linn is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. Now a southern suburb within the Portland metropolitan area, West Linn has a history of early development, prompted by the opportunity to harvest energy from nearby Willamette Falls. It was named after U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, who had advocated the American occupation of Oregon as a counterclaim to the British. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 25,109.
Population: 18,965% Asian: 4.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 838
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.21%
More on Sherwood: Write A Review | Data | JobsSherwood is a city in Washington County, Oregon, United States. Located in the southeast corner of the county, it is a residential community in the Tualatin Valley, southwest of Portland. As of the 2010 census, Sherwood had a population of 18,194 residents. The city’s population for 2014 was estimated to be 18,978 by the U.S. Census. Sherwood was first incorporated in 1893 as a town. Originally named Smockville after its founder, James Christopher Smock, the town was given its current name by local businessman Robert Alexander in 1891, who likely named it after his hometown of Sherwood, Michigan.
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Oregon
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Oregon according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Oregon:
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Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Oregon