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 Tennessee is 104,540 – at 1.6% of the total population of Tennessee.
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 Tennessee? Which cities and towns in Tennessee have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Tennessee with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- Collierville (Photos | Jobs)
- Lakeland (Photos | Jobs)
- Brentwood (Photos | Jobs)
- Germantown (Photos | Jobs)
- Farragut (Photos | Jobs)
- Franklin (Photos | Jobs)
- Collegedale (Photos | Jobs)
- Smyrna (Photos | Jobs)
- Millington (Photos | Jobs)
- Murfreesboro (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in Tennessee had the largest Asian population?
Collierville took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Tennessee for 2018. 7.5% of Collierville identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Tennessee ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Tennessee 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 Tennessee.
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 94 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 7.5% 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. Collierville took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Union City was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Tennessee 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.
Population: 48,005% Asian: 7.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,598
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.91%
More on Collierville: Write A Review | Data | JobsCollierville is a town in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, and a suburb located in the Memphis metropolitan area. The town had a population of 43,965 at the 2010 census.
Population: 12,541% Asian: 7.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 929
Percent Change Since 2010: 132.83%
More on Lakeland: Write A Review | Data | JobsLakeland is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, and a suburb of Memphis. The population was 12,430 at the 2010 census.
Population: 40,873% Asian: 7.11%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,908
Percent Change Since 2010: 137.19%
More on Brentwood: Write A Review | Data | JobsBrentwood is a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee; located in Williamson County, it is known for its rolling hills as well as being one of the wealthiest cities in America relative to average cost of living. The population was 37,060 as of the 2010 U.S. Census, and estimated at 40,982 in 2014.
Population: 39,213% Asian: 6.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,471
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.78%
More on Germantown: Write A Review | Data | JobsGermantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.
Population: 21,690% Asian: 5.63%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,222
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.45%
More on Farragut: Write A Review | Data | JobsFarragut is a town which straddles both Knox and Loudon counties in Tennessee and is a suburb of Knoxville. The town’s population was 20,676 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area. The town is named in honor of American Civil War Admiral David Farragut, who was born just east of Farragut at Campbell’s Station in 1801.
Population: 70,625% Asian: 5.37%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,795
Percent Change Since 2010: 63.65%
More on Franklin: Write A Review | Data | JobsFranklin is a city in, and the county seat of, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States. Located about 21 miles south of Nashville, it is one of the principal cities of the Nashville metropolitan area. Since 1980, its population has increased more than fivefold and, based on its 2013 estimated population of 68,886, it is ranked as the seventh-largest city in Tennessee.
Population: 10,438% Asian: 4.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 513
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.78%
More on Collegedale: Write A Review | Data | JobsCollegedale is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 8,282 at the 2010 census and 10,729 in a 2014 estimate. Collegedale is a suburb of Chattanooga and is part of the Chattanooga, TN-GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Collegedale is home to Southern Adventist University. The median household income is among one of the highest in Hamilton County. It has been ranked as one of the best and safest places to live in Tennessee.
Population: 45,369% Asian: 4.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,873
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.61%
More on Smyrna: Write A Review | Data | JobsSmyrna is a town in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Smyrna’s population was 39,974 at the 2010 census and 43,063 in 2013. In 2007, U.S. News & World Report listed Smyrna as one of the best places in the United States to retire.
Population: 11,069% Asian: 3.69%
# Of Asian Residents: 408
Percent Change Since 2010: 871.43%
More on Millington: Write A Review | Data | JobsMillington is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 10,176. Millington is the home of the Memphis International Raceway. It was granted the title “Flag City Tennessee” by the Tennessee State Legislature. The Naval Support Activity Mid-South is located at the former Memphis Naval Air Station, which was changed functions from a training base to an administrative one in 1993. There is also a general aviation airport that features the third longest runway in Tennessee.
Population: 122,007% Asian: 3.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,422
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.84%
More on Murfreesboro: Write A Review | Data | JobsMurfreesboro is a city in, and the county seat of, Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 108,755 according to the 2010 census, up from 68,816 residents certified in 2000. In 2016, census estimates showed a population of 131,947. The city is the center of population of Tennessee, located 34 miles southeast of downtown Nashville in the Nashville metropolitan area of Middle Tennessee. It is Tennessee’s fastest growing major city and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Murfreesboro is also home to Middle Tennessee State University, the second largest undergraduate university in the state of Tennessee, with 22,729 total students as of fall 2014.
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Tennessee
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Tennessee according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Tennessee:
- Union City
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