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 398,900 – at 3.1% 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 2018:
- State College (Photos | Jobs)
- Franklin Park (Photos | Jobs)
- Lansdale (Photos | Jobs)
- Clifton Heights (Photos | Jobs)
- Whitehall (Photos | Jobs)
- Philadelphia (Photos | Jobs)
- Camp Hill (Photos | Jobs)
- Downin (Jobs)
- Fox Chapel (Photos | Jobs)
- Swarthmore (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in Pennsylvania had the largest Asian population?
State College took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Pennsylvania for 2018. 10.66% of State College 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.
How We Determined The Cities In Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.
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 189 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 10.7% 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. State College took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Pittston 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.
1. State College
Population: 42,074% Asian: 10.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,485
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.15%
More on State College: Write A Review | Data | JobsState 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.
2. Franklin Park
Population: 14,228% Asian: 10.61%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,510
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.03%
More on Franklin Park: Write A Review | Data | JobsFranklin Park is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 13,470 at the 2010 census.
Population: 16,454% Asian: 8.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,470
Percent Change Since 2010: -31.28%
More on Lansdale: Write A Review | Data | JobsLansdale 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.
4. Clifton Heights
Population: 6,670% Asian: 8.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 579
Percent Change Since 2010: 223.46%
More on Clifton Heights: Write A Review | Data | JobsClifton Heights is a borough in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States, located on Darby Creek 8 miles west of downtown Philadelphia. As of the 2010 census the population was 6,652.
Population: 1,559,938% Asian: 6.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 106,642
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.25%
More on Philadelphia: Write A Review | Data | JobsPhiladelphia 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.
7. Camp Hill
Population: 7,912% Asian: 6.48%
# Of Asian Residents: 513
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.39%
More on Camp Hill: Write A Review | Data | JobsCamp 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.
9. Fox Chapel
Population: 5,392% Asian: 6.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 328
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.95%
More on Fox Chapel: Write A Review | Data | JobsFox Chapel is a borough in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, and is a suburb of Pittsburgh located 6 miles northeast of downtown.
Population: 6,218% Asian: 5.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 362
Percent Change Since 2010: -33.7%
More on Swarthmore: Write A Review | Data | JobsSwarthmore 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.
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:
- Ellwood City
- New Brighton
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