Oregon Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


We used data and science to determine the cities in Oregon with the largest Asian population.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Oregon 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 oregon is 172,505 - at 4.2% 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?

Here are the cities in oregon with the largest Asian population in 2020:

  1. Happy Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Beaverton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hillsboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Corvallis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Portland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Tigard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Lake Oswego (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. West Linn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Troutdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Talent (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 2020. 18.37% 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.

And if you already knew these places were Asian, check out the best places to live in oregon or the most diverse places in oregon.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Oregon For 2020

Happy Valley, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,471
% Asian: 18.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,577
Percent Change Since 2010: 146.18%
More on Happy Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Happy Valley is a city in Clackamas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 13,903 at the 2010 census.

Beaverton, OR

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 97,012
% Asian: 12.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,396
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.12%
More on Beaverton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Beaverton 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.

Hillsboro, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 104,730
% Asian: 11.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,128
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.26%
More on Hillsboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hillsboro 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.

Corvallis, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 57,213
% Asian: 9.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,693
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.05%
More on Corvallis: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Corvallis 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.

Portland, OR

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 639,387
% Asian: 7.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 50,993
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.41%
More on Portland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Portland 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.

Tigard, OR

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 52,368
% Asian: 7.15%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,744
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.72%
More on Tigard: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tigard 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.

Lake Oswego, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 38,705
% Asian: 7.0%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,709
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.06%
More on Lake Oswego: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lake 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.

West Linn, OR

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 26,511
% Asian: 5.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,572
Percent Change Since 2010: 95.04%
More on West Linn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West 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.

Troutdale, OR

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 16,559
% Asian: 5.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 965
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.72%
More on Troutdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Troutdale 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.

Talent, OR

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,424
% Asian: 4.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 284
Percent Change Since 2010: 264.1%
More on Talent: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Talent is a city in Jackson County, Oregon, United States. The population was 6,066 at the 2010 census.

How We Determined The Cities In oregon With The Largest Asian Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 73 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 18.4% 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. Happy Valley took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Eagle Point was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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:

  1. Eagle Point
  2. Silverton
  3. Umatilla

For more Oregon reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Oregon

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Happy Valley 18.37% 19,471
2 Beaverton 12.78% 97,012
3 Hillsboro 11.58% 104,730
4 Corvallis 9.95% 57,213
5 Portland 7.98% 639,387
6 Tigard 7.15% 52,368
7 Lake Oswego 7.0% 38,705
8 West Linn 5.93% 26,511
9 Troutdale 5.83% 16,559
10 Talent 4.42% 6,424
11 Eugene 4.38% 165,997
12 Wilsonville 4.11% 23,418
13 Gresham 4.05% 110,770
14 Forest Grove 3.87% 23,923
15 Monmouth 3.7% 10,131
16 Sherwood 3.31% 19,337
17 Tualatin 3.12% 27,338
18 Milwaukie 2.96% 20,955
19 Salem 2.65% 166,756
20 Lincoln City 2.52% 8,684
21 Ashland 2.3% 20,912
22 Fairview 2.3% 9,303
23 Sheridan 2.13% 6,106
24 Cornelius 2.07% 12,575
25 Scappoose 1.99% 7,125
26 Newberg 1.93% 23,167
27 North Bend 1.91% 9,615
28 Pendleton 1.87% 16,713
29 Bend 1.86% 90,500
30 Florence 1.8% 8,815
31 Newport 1.77% 10,381
32 Albany 1.73% 52,736
33 Dallas 1.66% 15,805
34 Canby 1.61% 17,527
35 La Grande 1.54% 13,103
36 Gladstone 1.54% 12,045
37 Medford 1.52% 80,051
38 Lebanon 1.49% 16,599
39 St. Helens 1.48% 13,446
40 Mcminnville 1.48% 33,662
41 Roseburg 1.47% 22,988
42 Springfield 1.47% 61,525
43 Brookings 1.47% 6,413
44 Madras 1.41% 6,674
45 Seaside 1.34% 6,643
46 Central Point 1.33% 18,130
47 Coos Bay 1.33% 16,176
48 Sutherlin 1.25% 7,941
49 Milton-Freewater 1.24% 7,035
50 Oregon City 1.21% 36,040
51 Keizer 1.2% 38,479
52 Hood River 1.11% 7,688
53 Molalla 1.1% 9,082
54 Ontario 1.04% 10,997
55 Woodburn 0.96% 25,417
56 Baker City 0.91% 9,738
57 Astoria 0.88% 9,747
58 Klamath Falls 0.87% 21,138
59 Grants Pass 0.78% 37,201
60 The Dalles 0.77% 15,320
61 Junction City 0.76% 5,946
62 Sandy 0.63% 10,834
63 Redmond 0.56% 29,234
64 Prineville 0.53% 9,748
65 Sweet Home 0.45% 9,435
66 Independence 0.35% 9,556
67 Hermiston 0.33% 17,346
68 Stayton 0.21% 8,025
69 Cottage Grove 0.21% 10,083
70 Winston 0.2% 5,406
71 Umatilla 0.15% 7,114
72 Silverton 0.02% 10,028
73 Eagle Point 0.0% 9,015

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