Pennsylvania Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 424,597 - at 3.3% 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?

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

  1. Lansdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Franklin Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. State College (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Whitehall (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Philadelphia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Lansdowne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Castle Shannon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Souderton (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 2020. 13.78% 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Pennsylvania For 2020

Lansdale, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 16,579
% Asian: 13.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,284
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.78%
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.

Franklin Park, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,448
% Asian: 12.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,745
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.71%
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.

State College, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 42,256
% Asian: 11.09%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,687
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.16%
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.

Whitehall, PA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,759
% Asian: 7.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,010
Percent Change Since 2010: 134.88%
More on Whitehall: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Philadelphia, PA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,575,522
% Asian: 7.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 111,912
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.95%
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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.

Lansdowne, PA

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,628
% Asian: 6.77%
# Of Asian Residents: 720
Percent Change Since 2010: 85.57%
More on Lansdowne: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Castle Shannon, PA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,229
% Asian: 6.67%
# Of Asian Residents: 549
Percent Change Since 2010: 6000.0%
More on Castle Shannon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Castle Shannon is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States, and is part of the Pittsburgh Metro Area. The population was 8,316 at the 2010 census.

Souderton, PA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 6,910
% Asian: 6.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 450
Percent Change Since 2010: 148.62%
More on Souderton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Camp Hill, PA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,911
% Asian: 6.18%
# Of Asian Residents: 489
Percent Change Since 2010: -7.91%
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: 303,587
% Asian: 5.69%
# Of Asian Residents: 17,272
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.1%
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.

How We Determined The Cities In pennsylvania 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 pennsylvania.

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 185 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 13.8% 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 Tamaqua was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Tamaqua
  2. Palmerton
  3. Clearfield

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Lansdale 13.78% 16,579
2 Franklin Park 12.08% 14,448
3 State College 11.09% 42,256
4 Whitehall 7.34% 13,759
5 Philadelphia 7.1% 1,575,522
6 Lansdowne 6.77% 10,628
7 Castle Shannon 6.67% 8,229
8 Souderton 6.51% 6,910
9 Camp Hill 6.18% 7,911
10 Pittsburgh 5.69% 303,587
11 Swarthmore 5.44% 6,304
12 Harrisburg 5.36% 49,230
13 Fox Chapel 5.27% 5,331
14 Collegeville 5.11% 5,170
15 Baldwin 5.05% 19,651
16 Scranton 4.94% 76,869
17 Downin 4.93% 7,929
18 South Williamsport 4.92% 6,193
19 Norwood 4.57% 5,890
20 Brentwood 4.35% 9,453
21 Emmaus 4.1% 11,361
22 Middl 3.67% 9,176
23 Lancaster 3.61% 59,503
24 Stroudsburg 3.54% 5,501
25 Moosic 3.33% 5,744
26 Easton 3.24% 27,100
27 Morrisville 3.23% 8,588
28 Norri 3.19% 34,490
29 Lewisburg 3.14% 5,740
30 Erie 2.98% 98,156
31 Bethlehem 2.93% 75,296
32 Elizabet 2.88% 11,492
33 West Chester 2.81% 19,888
34 Doyle 2.78% 8,307
35 Millersville 2.76% 8,344
36 Indiana 2.74% 13,512
37 Gettysburg 2.69% 7,646
38 Wyomissing 2.68% 10,452
39 New Kensington 2.64% 12,568
40 Carlisle 2.51% 19,116
41 Allentown 2.47% 120,410
42 Helle 2.36% 5,848
43 East Stroudsburg 2.33% 10,279
44 Bloomsburg 2.27% 14,275
45 Mckees Rocks 2.23% 5,966
46 Edinboro 2.2% 5,964
47 Phoenixville 2.19% 16,815
48 Ambler 2.16% 6,488
49 Media 2.08% 5,423
50 Lititz 2.08% 9,288
51 Wilkinsburg 2.07% 15,637
52 Conshohocken 2.06% 8,010
53 Huntingdon 2.02% 6,987
54 Wilkes-Barre 2.0% 40,847
55 Jefferson Hills 1.99% 11,231
56 Oakmont 1.91% 6,450
57 Folcroft 1.84% 6,630
58 Clarion 1.84% 5,436
59 Hollidaysburg 1.82% 5,705
60 Ridley Park 1.69% 7,035
61 Selinsgrove 1.68% 5,897
62 Swissvale 1.63% 8,808
63 New Holland 1.54% 5,455
64 Kingston 1.52% 12,935
65 Lehighton 1.51% 5,313
66 Wilson 1.49% 7,795
67 Washington 1.49% 13,590
68 Hermitage 1.46% 15,812
69 Sharon 1.45% 13,378
70 Bristol 1.45% 9,614
71 Lebanon 1.42% 25,739
72 Olyphant 1.36% 5,090
73 Dunmore 1.33% 13,282
74 Beaver Falls 1.31% 8,547
75 Collingdale 1.31% 8,790
76 Lower Burrell 1.31% 11,321
77 Carbondale 1.27% 8,565
78 Dormont 1.26% 8,438
79 York 1.23% 44,044
80 Clifton Heights 1.23% 6,680
81 Hatboro 1.23% 7,428
82 Sayre 1.22% 5,491
83 Mechanicsburg 1.21% 8,987
84 Chambersburg 1.21% 20,734
85 Archbald 1.2% 7,002
86 Greensburg 1.17% 14,377
87 Punxsutawney 1.15% 5,808
88 Prospect Park 1.14% 6,475
89 Shippensburg 1.11% 5,479
90 Birdsboro 1.11% 5,139
91 Old Forge 1.11% 8,038
92 Mount Joy 1.1% 8,106
93 Pleasant Hills 1.08% 8,184
94 Quake 1.08% 8,836
95 Perkasie 1.07% 8,502
96 Catasauqua 1.07% 6,550
97 Palmyra 1.07% 7,498
98 Brookhaven 1.04% 8,043
99 Northampton 1.02% 9,873
100 Kennett Square 1.02% 6,159

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