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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Tennessee 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 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 109,828 – 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?

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

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

Which city in Tennessee had the largest Asian population?

Brentwood took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Tennessee for 2019. 7.77% of Brentwood 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.

How We Determined The Cities In Tennessee 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 Tennessee.

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 94 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 7.8% 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. Brentwood took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Newport 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.

Brentwood, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 41,524
% Asian: 7.77%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,228
Percent Change Since 2010: 163.3%
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.

Collierville, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 48,960
% Asian: 6.61%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,235
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.5%
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.

Germantown, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 39,230
% Asian: 6.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,561
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.6%
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.

Lakeland, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,623
% Asian: 6.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 813
Percent Change Since 2010: 103.76%
More on Lakeland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lakeland is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, and a suburb of Memphis. The population was 12,430 at the 2010 census.

Farragut, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,975
% Asian: 6.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,394
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.67%
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.

Franklin, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 72,990
% Asian: 5.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,225
Percent Change Since 2010: 82.19%
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.

Millington, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,073
% Asian: 5.35%
# Of Asian Residents: 592
Percent Change Since 2010: 1309.52%
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.

Collegedale, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,902
% Asian: 4.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 507
Percent Change Since 2010: 50.0%
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.

Nolensville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,119
% Asian: 4.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 289
Percent Change Since 2010: 167.59%
More on Nolensville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Smyrna, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 46,885
% Asian: 3.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,743
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.55%
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.

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. Newport
  2. Humboldt
  3. Greeneville

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Tennessee

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Brentwood 7.77% 41,524
2 Collierville 6.61% 48,960
3 Germantown 6.53% 39,230
4 Lakeland 6.44% 12,623
5 Farragut 6.34% 21,975
6 Franklin 5.79% 72,990
7 Millington 5.35% 11,073
8 Collegedale 4.65% 10,902
9 Nolensville 4.06% 7,119
10 Smyrna 3.72% 46,885
11 Nashville 3.6% 654,187
12 Murfreesboro 3.52% 126,188
13 Oak Ridge 3.34% 29,009
14 Mount Juliet 3.15% 31,397
15 Bartlett 2.85% 58,640
16 Johnson City 2.77% 65,598
17 Sevierville 2.43% 16,387
18 Lebanon 2.42% 30,212
19 Chattanooga 2.39% 176,291
20 Clarksville 2.2% 147,771
21 Munford 2.2% 6,009
22 Rockwood 2.16% 5,415
23 Cookeville 2.13% 32,536
24 Cleveland 2.07% 43,496
25 Knoxville 2.07% 184,465
26 La Vergne 2.05% 34,905
27 Gallatin 1.93% 34,495
28 Spring Hill 1.91% 35,995
29 Sweetwater 1.9% 5,842
30 Arlington 1.81% 11,678
31 Kingston 1.75% 5,812
32 Savannah 1.71% 6,977
33 Hendersonville 1.7% 55,635
34 Memphis 1.63% 654,723
35 White House 1.51% 11,107
36 Lenoir City 1.43% 9,007
37 East Ridge 1.42% 21,193
38 Jackson 1.42% 66,977
39 Lawrenceburg 1.38% 10,614
40 Milan 1.35% 7,715
41 Henderson 1.3% 6,237
42 Tullahoma 1.28% 19,037
43 Maryville 1.23% 28,208
44 Athens 1.17% 13,559
45 Springfield 1.15% 16,692
46 Winchester 1.13% 8,467
47 Alcoa 1.08% 9,343
48 Ripley 1.04% 8,148
49 Dyersburg 1.0% 16,666
50 Signal Mountain 0.95% 8,507
51 Manchester 0.94% 10,430
52 Red Bank 0.92% 11,744
53 Millersville 0.9% 6,760
54 Columbia 0.87% 36,635
55 Lewisburg 0.86% 11,457
56 Mcminnville 0.85% 13,591
57 Dayton 0.84% 7,341
58 Kingsport 0.75% 52,698
59 Dickson 0.72% 15,128
60 Bolivar 0.71% 5,037
61 Pulaski 0.69% 7,653
62 Church Hill 0.69% 6,686
63 Goodlettsville 0.68% 16,935
64 Atoka 0.57% 8,994
65 Jefferson City 0.56% 8,220
66 Fayetteville 0.56% 6,976
67 Bristol 0.52% 26,668
68 Lexington 0.49% 7,731
69 Clinton 0.45% 9,961
70 Morristown 0.31% 29,446
71 Elizabethton 0.3% 13,796
72 Hartsville/trousdale County 0.3% 8,773
73 Fairview 0.3% 8,442
74 Oakland 0.29% 7,508
75 Martin 0.25% 10,797
76 Mount Carmel 0.24% 5,386
77 Mckenzie 0.24% 5,455
78 Covington 0.24% 8,921
79 Portland 0.2% 12,258
80 Harriman 0.16% 6,153
81 Loudon 0.14% 5,697
82 Crossville 0.12% 11,284
83 Paris 0.11% 10,059
84 Greenbrier 0.1% 6,720
85 Union City 0.0% 10,479
86 Brownsville 0.0% 9,829
87 La Follette 0.0% 6,983
88 Soddy-Daisy 0.0% 13,364
89 Shelbyville 0.0% 21,028
90 Pigeon Forge 0.0% 6,147
91 Erwin 0.0% 5,921
92 Greeneville 0.0% 14,895
93 Humboldt 0.0% 8,155
94 Newport 0.0% 6,780

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