Tennessee Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Tennessee 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 tennessee is 112,015 - at 1.7% 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?

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

  1. Collierville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Brentwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Farragut (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Germantown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Smyrna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Nolensville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Collegedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Millington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Murfreesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in tennessee had the largest Asian population? Collierville took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in tennessee for 2020. 7.98% 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.

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Tennessee For 2020

Collierville, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 49,610
% Asian: 7.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,957
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.18%
More on Collierville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Collierville 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.

Brentwood, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 41,987
% Asian: 7.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,123
Percent Change Since 2010: 154.73%
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brentwood 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.

Farragut, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 22,260
% Asian: 6.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,451
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.71%
More on Farragut: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farragut 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.

Germantown, TN

Source: City Of Germantwon
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 39,164
% Asian: 6.15%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,409
Percent Change Since 2010: -14.97%
More on Germantown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Germantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.

Franklin, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 75,366
% Asian: 6.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,531
Percent Change Since 2010: 95.39%
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Franklin 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.

Smyrna, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 48,361
% Asian: 5.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,466
Percent Change Since 2010: 71.97%
More on Smyrna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Smyrna 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.

Nolensville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,656
% Asian: 4.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 367
Percent Change Since 2010: 239.81%
More on Nolensville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nolensville is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. The population was 5,861 at the 2010 census.

Collegedale, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,256
% Asian: 4.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 503
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.82%
More on Collegedale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Collegedale 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.

Millington, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 10,720
% Asian: 4.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 472
Percent Change Since 2010: 1023.81%
More on Millington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Millington 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.

Murfreesboro, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 130,968
% Asian: 3.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,710
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.82%
More on Murfreesboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Murfreesboro 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.

How We Determined The Cities In tennessee 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 tennessee.

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 94 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 8.0% 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 Pigeon Forge was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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:

  1. Pigeon Forge
  2. Union City
  3. Covington

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Tennessee

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Collierville 7.98% 49,610
2 Brentwood 7.44% 41,987
3 Farragut 6.52% 22,260
4 Germantown 6.15% 39,164
5 Franklin 6.01% 75,366
6 Smyrna 5.1% 48,361
7 Nolensville 4.79% 7,656
8 Collegedale 4.47% 11,256
9 Millington 4.4% 10,720
10 Murfreesboro 3.6% 130,968
11 Lakeland 3.6% 12,628
12 Nashville 3.55% 660,062
13 Bartlett 3.47% 58,828
14 Mount Juliet 3.24% 32,882
15 Oak Ridge 3.21% 29,030
16 Johnson City 2.72% 66,037
17 Rockwood 2.66% 5,419
18 Sevierville 2.51% 16,439
19 Gallatin 2.47% 36,139
20 Clarksville 2.45% 150,602
21 Chattanooga 2.39% 177,365
22 Goodlettsville 2.32% 16,900
23 Lebanon 2.3% 31,592
24 Cleveland 2.26% 43,924
25 Cookeville 2.11% 32,894
26 Spring Hill 2.0% 37,830
27 Munford 1.97% 5,998
28 Lawrenceburg 1.92% 10,684
29 La Vergne 1.88% 35,237
30 Sweetwater 1.84% 5,870
31 Knoxville 1.82% 185,429
32 Milan 1.71% 7,703
33 Memphis 1.55% 653,248
34 White House 1.5% 11,513
35 Kingston 1.44% 5,821
36 Dyersburg 1.42% 16,559
37 Henderson 1.36% 6,247
38 Tullahoma 1.33% 19,669
39 Hendersonville 1.33% 56,421
40 Athens 1.29% 13,752
41 Jackson 1.25% 66,878
42 East Ridge 1.24% 21,134
43 Maryville 1.24% 28,520
44 Alcoa 1.12% 9,633
45 Morristown 1.05% 29,547
46 Greenbrier 0.93% 6,770
47 Kingsport 0.92% 53,115
48 Millersville 0.9% 6,570
49 Springfield 0.86% 16,787
50 Dickson 0.86% 15,294
51 Savannah 0.85% 6,964
52 Jefferson City 0.83% 8,235
53 Church Hill 0.82% 6,681
54 Lenoir City 0.82% 9,122
55 Dayton 0.82% 7,340
56 Red Bank 0.82% 11,748
57 Atoka 0.81% 9,139
58 Manchester 0.8% 10,561
59 Columbia 0.76% 37,455
60 Signal Mountain 0.74% 8,523
61 Arlington 0.74% 11,689
62 Mcminnville 0.73% 13,650
63 Winchester 0.71% 8,578
64 Bristol 0.59% 26,766
65 Ripley 0.59% 8,023
66 Lexington 0.57% 7,735
67 Portland 0.44% 12,539
68 Lewisburg 0.42% 11,638
69 Martin 0.38% 10,721
70 Crossville 0.28% 11,368
71 Elizabethton 0.27% 13,555
72 Mckenzie 0.26% 5,363
73 Bolivar 0.26% 5,002
74 Oakland 0.26% 7,707
75 Clinton 0.23% 9,908
76 Fairview 0.2% 8,599
77 Paris 0.19% 10,042
78 Hartsville/trousdale County 0.19% 9,573
79 Mount Carmel 0.17% 5,327
80 Harriman 0.16% 6,136
81 Pulaski 0.13% 7,652
82 Fayetteville 0.13% 6,987
83 Greeneville 0.05% 14,896
84 Loudon 0.02% 5,687
85 Humboldt 0.0% 8,226
86 Newport 0.0% 6,757
87 Shelbyville 0.0% 21,319
88 Soddy-Daisy 0.0% 13,460
89 Brownsville 0.0% 9,715
90 La Follette 0.0% 6,911
91 Erwin 0.0% 5,891
92 Covington 0.0% 8,855
93 Union City 0.0% 10,478
94 Pigeon Forge 0.0% 6,197

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