These Are The 10 Pennsylvania Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania is 414,492 – at 3.2% of the total population of Pennsylvania.

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 Pennsylvania? Which cities and towns in Pennsylvania have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Pennsylvania with the largest Asian population in 2019:

  1. Lansdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. State College (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Franklin Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Whitehall (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Souderton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lansdowne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Philadelphia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Swarthmore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Camp Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Pittsburgh (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Pennsylvania had the largest Asian population?

Lansdale took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Pennsylvania for 2019. 11.06% of Lansdale identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania or the most diverse places in Pennsylvania.

How We Determined The Cities In Pennsylvania With The Largest Asian Population For 2019

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 Pennsylvania.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 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 186 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 11.1% 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. Lansdale took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Turtle Creek was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Pennsylvania 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.

Lansdale, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,506
% Asian: 11.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,826
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.63%
More on Lansdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lansdale is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 28 miles northwest of Philadelphia. Early in the 20th century, its industries included agricultural implement works, a canning factory, foundries, brickyards, a silk mill, and manufacturers of cigars, stoves, shirts, rope, iron drain pipe, and glue. In 1900, 2,754 people lived here; in 1910, 3,551; and in 1940, 9,316 people were inhabitants of Lansdale. The population was 16,269 at the time of the 2010 census.

State College, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 42,224
% Asian: 10.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,598
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.95%
More on State College: Real Estate | Data | Photos

State College is a home rule municipality in Centre County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is the largest designated borough in Pennsylvania. It is the principal borough of the six municipalities that make up the State College Metropolitan Statistical Area, the largest settlement in Centre County and one of the principal cities of the greater State College-DuBois Combined Statistical Area with a combined population of 236,577 as of the 2010 United States Census. In the 2010 census, the borough population was 42,034 with approximately 105,000 living in the borough plus the surrounding townships often referred to locally as the “Centre Region.” Many of these Centre Region communities also carry a “State College, PA” address although are not part of the borough of State College.

Franklin Park, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,301
% Asian: 10.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,513
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.36%
More on Franklin Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin Park is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,470 at the 2010 census.

Whitehall, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,828
% Asian: 8.0%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,106
Percent Change Since 2010: 157.21%
More on Whitehall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Souderton, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,813
% Asian: 7.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 544
Percent Change Since 2010: 200.55%
More on Souderton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Souderton is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The population was 6,618 at the 2010 census.

Lansdowne, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,641
% Asian: 7.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 799
Percent Change Since 2010: 105.93%
More on Lansdowne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,569,657
% Asian: 7.04%
# Of Asian Residents: 110,513
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.43%
More on Philadelphia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley region, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers. The region’s population of 7.2million ranks it as the eighth-largest combined statistical area in the United States.

Swarthmore, PA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 6,243
% Asian: 6.15%
# Of Asian Residents: 384
Percent Change Since 2010: -29.67%
More on Swarthmore: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Swarthmore is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States. Swarthmore was originally named “Westdale” in honor of noted painter Benjamin West, who was one of the early residents of the town. The name was changed to “Swarthmore” after the establishment of Swarthmore College. “Swarthmore” can be pronounced with the first “r” either vocalized or dropped due to differences in rhotic and non-rhotic accents, but locally it is usually pronounced without the first “r”. The borough population was 6,194 as of the 2010 census.

Camp Hill, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,906
% Asian: 5.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 459
Percent Change Since 2010: -13.56%
More on Camp Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Camp Hill is a borough in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, USA, 3 miles southwest of Harrisburg. It is part of the Harrisburg-Carlisle Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,888 at the 2010 census. There are many large corporations based in nearby East Pennsboro Township and Wormleysburg that use the Camp Hill postal address, including the Rite Aid Corporation, Harsco Corporation, and Gannett Fleming.

Pittsburgh, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 305,012
% Asian: 5.61%
# Of Asian Residents: 17,102
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.74%
More on Pittsburgh: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pittsburgh is a city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. As of 2017, a total population of 305,704 lives within the city limits, making it the 63rd-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,353,045 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, and the 26th-largest in the U.S.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Pennsylvania

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Pennsylvania according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Pennsylvania:

  1. Turtle Creek
  2. Monaca
  3. Shillington

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Lansdale 11.06% 16,506
2 State College 10.89% 42,224
3 Franklin Park 10.58% 14,301
4 Whitehall 8.0% 13,828
5 Souderton 7.98% 6,813
6 Lansdowne 7.51% 10,641
7 Philadelphia 7.04% 1,569,657
8 Swarthmore 6.15% 6,243
9 Camp Hill 5.81% 7,906
10 Pittsburgh 5.61% 305,012
11 Collegeville 5.46% 5,221
12 Downin 5.29% 7,961
13 Harrisburg 5.02% 49,278
14 Norwood 4.95% 5,896
15 Fox Chapel 4.79% 5,363
16 Scranton 4.72% 76,624
17 Emmaus 4.3% 11,360
18 Baldwin 4.2% 19,743
19 Clifton Heights 3.99% 6,688
20 Lancaster 3.93% 59,556
21 Middl 3.84% 9,098
22 Stroudsburg 3.77% 5,491
23 Castle Shannon 3.39% 8,251
24 Moosic 3.33% 5,728
25 Elizabet 3.3% 11,579
26 Morrisville 3.29% 8,630
27 Sharon Hill 3.26% 5,711
28 Easton 3.25% 27,045
29 Bethlehem 2.95% 75,240
30 Millersville 2.93% 8,366
31 Erie 2.91% 98,970
32 Edinboro 2.85% 6,206
33 Lewisburg 2.85% 5,753
34 Wyomissing 2.73% 10,452
35 Palmyra 2.72% 7,488
36 Norri 2.72% 34,556
37 Carlisle 2.71% 19,113
38 Ridley Park 2.56% 7,035
39 Bloomsburg 2.53% 14,500
40 Wilson 2.49% 7,817
41 Indiana 2.48% 13,690
42 Swissvale 2.47% 8,881
43 Oakmont 2.44% 6,440
44 Brentwood 2.32% 9,528
45 Gettysburg 2.31% 7,627
46 Doyle 2.29% 8,307
47 Allentown 2.11% 120,128
48 West Chester 2.1% 19,698
49 Conshohocken 2.09% 7,985
50 New Holland 2.06% 5,445
51 Sharon 2.05% 13,505
52 Northampton 2.03% 9,888
53 Wilkinsburg 2.0% 15,748
54 Folcroft 1.9% 6,620
55 Phoenixville 1.86% 16,743
56 Huntingdon 1.82% 7,025
57 Helle 1.82% 5,833
58 Ambler 1.76% 6,525
59 Wilkes-Barre 1.76% 40,887
60 Hollidaysburg 1.74% 5,755
61 East Stroudsburg 1.73% 10,149
62 Lebanon 1.7% 25,703
63 Hanover 1.7% 15,506
64 Media 1.68% 5,346
65 Lititz 1.68% 9,269
66 Lower Burrell 1.65% 11,413
67 Quake 1.62% 8,889
68 Clarion 1.58% 5,135
69 Carbondale 1.52% 8,625
70 Collingdale 1.5% 8,800
71 New Cumberland 1.44% 7,305
72 Plymouth 1.43% 5,863
73 Greensburg 1.4% 14,476
74 Ambridge 1.4% 6,853
75 Olyphant 1.37% 5,127
76 Chambersburg 1.36% 20,640
77 Bridgeville 1.32% 5,091
78 Clairton 1.26% 6,692
79 Dormont 1.25% 8,488
80 New Kensington 1.24% 12,679
81 Kingston 1.16% 12,959
82 Monessen 1.14% 7,474
83 California 1.11% 6,513
84 Sayre 1.1% 5,525
85 Selinsgrove 1.07% 5,875
86 Catasauqua 1.07% 6,541
87 Archbald 1.06% 7,004
88 Williamsport 1.04% 28,938
89 Old Forge 1.04% 8,090
90 Forest Hills 1.01% 6,439
91 Lehighton 0.99% 5,332
92 Munhall 0.99% 11,296
93 Dunmore 0.98% 13,412
94 Brookhaven 0.98% 8,051
95 Hermitage 0.97% 15,901
96 Hatboro 0.95% 7,436
97 South Williamsport 0.94% 6,252
98 York 0.94% 44,058
99 Lock Haven 0.92% 9,540
100 Perkasie 0.92% 8,505

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