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 Texas is 1,161,742 – at 4.3% of the total population of Texas.
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 Texas? Which cities and towns in Texas have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Texas with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- Sugar Land (Photos | Jobs)
- Murphy (Photos | Jobs)
- Stafford (Photos | Jobs)
- Coppell (Photos | Jobs)
- Bellaire (Photos | Jobs)
- Plano (Photos | Jobs)
- Irving (Photos | Jobs)
- Richardson (Photos | Jobs)
- Missouri City (Photos | Jobs)
- Frisco (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in Texas had the largest Asian population?
Sugar Land took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Texas for 2018. 38.5% of Sugar Land identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Texas ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Texas 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 Texas.
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 329 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 38.5% 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. Sugar Land took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Kermit was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Texas 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. Sugar Land
Population: 85,681% Asian: 38.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 32,991
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.68%
More on Sugar Land: Write A Review | Data | JobsSugar Land is a city in Fort Bend County, Texas, United States, within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. It is one of the most affluent and fastest-growing cities in Texas, having grown more than 158 percent between 1990 and 2000. In the time period of 2000-2007, Sugar Land also enjoyed a 46.24% job growth. As of the 2010 census, the city’s population was 78,817. In 2015 the population had risen to an estimated 88,156. Founded as a sugar plantation in the early mid-20th century and incorporated in 1959, SugarLand is the largest city and economic center of Fort Bend County.
Population: 20,015% Asian: 30.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,125
Percent Change Since 2010: 59.75%
More on Murphy: Write A Review | Data | JobsMurphy is a city in suburban Collin County, Texas, United States. The 2010 census reported the population as 17,708, compared to 3,099 in 2000. Murphy is located northeast of Dallas and has a history that goes back to the late 1800s.
Population: 18,026% Asian: 21.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,963
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.05%
More on Stafford: Write A Review | Data | JobsStafford is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. The city is mostly in FortBendCounty, with a small portion in HarrisCounty. As of the 2010 census, Stafford’s population was 17,693, up from 15,681 at the 2000 census. As of 2015 the population had risen to an estimated 18,459.
Population: 40,631% Asian: 21.03%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,544
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.89%
More on Coppell: Write A Review | Data | JobsCoppell is a city in the northwest corner of Dallas County in the U.S. state of Texas. It is a suburb of Dallas and a bedroom community in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The population was 38,659 at the 2010 census. A small area in the far northern portion of the city extends into neighboring Denton County.
Population: 18,140% Asian: 20.68%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,751
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.89%
More on Bellaire: Write A Review | Data | JobsBellaire is a city in southwest Harris County, Texas, United States, within the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city population was 16,855 and is surrounded by the cities of Houston and West University Place.
Population: 279,088% Asian: 19.03%
# Of Asian Residents: 53,105
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.25%
More on Plano: Write A Review | Data | JobsPlano is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, located twenty miles northeast of downtown Dallas. The city of Plano is a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Plano lies mostly within Collin County, but with a small portion that extends into Denton County.
Population: 232,013% Asian: 17.23%
# Of Asian Residents: 39,986
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.97%
More on Irving: Write A Review | Data | JobsIrving is a principal city in Dallas County in the U.S. state of Texas and it is also an inner ring suburb of the city of Dallas. According to a 2013 estimate from the United States Census Bureau, the city population was 228,653 making it the thirteenth most populous city in Texas. Irving is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Population: 108,350% Asian: 15.85%
# Of Asian Residents: 17,169
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.53%
More on Richardson: Write A Review | Data | JobsRichardson is a principal city in Dallas and Collin counties in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2015 American Community Survey, the city had a total population of 106,123. Richardson is an affluent inner suburb of Dallas. It is home to The University of Texas at Dallas and the Telecom Corridor, with a high concentration of telecommunications companies. More than 5,000 businesses have operations within Richardson’s 28 square miles, including many of the world’s largest telecommunications/networking companies: AT&T, DirectTV, Verizon, Cisco Systems, Samsung, ZTE, MetroPCS, Texas Instruments, Qorvo, and Fujitsu. Richardson’s largest employment base is provided by the insurance industry, with Blue CrossBlue Shield of Texas’ headquarters located in the community along with a regional hub for GEICO, regional offices for United Healthcare, and one of State Farm Insurance’s three national regional hubs.
9. Missouri City
Population: 71,732% Asian: 15.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,271
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.88%
More on Missouri City: Write A Review | Data | JobsMissouri City is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. The city is mostly in FortBend County, with a small portion in HarrisCounty. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 67,358, up from 52,913 in 2000. The population was estimated at 74,139 in 2015.
Population: 145,646% Asian: 15.06%
# Of Asian Residents: 21,931
Percent Change Since 2010: 130.34%
More on Frisco: Write A Review | Data | JobsFrisco is a city in Collin and Denton counties in Texas. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, and is approximately 25 miles from both Dallas Love Field and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Texas
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Texas according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
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