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 Utah is 65,192 – at 2.2% of the total population of Utah.
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 Utah? Which cities and towns in Utah have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Utah with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- South Salt Lake (Photos | Jobs)
- Salt Lake City (Photos | Jobs)
- West Valley City (Photos | Jobs)
- Taylorsville (Photos | Jobs)
- Cottonwood Heights (Photos | Jobs)
- Logan (Photos | Jobs)
- Midvale (Photos | Jobs)
- Draper (Photos | Jobs)
- North Logan (Jobs)
- Woods Cross (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in Utah had the largest Asian population?
South Salt Lake took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Utah for 2018. 11.69% of South Salt Lake identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Utah ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In Utah 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 Utah.
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 82 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 11.7% 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. South Salt Lake took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Vernal was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Utah 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. South Salt Lake
Population: 24,575% Asian: 11.69%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,873
Percent Change Since 2010: 120.49%
More on South Salt Lake: Write A Review | Data | JobsSouth Salt Lake is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States and is part of the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 23,617 at the 2010 census.
2. Salt Lake City
Population: 191,446% Asian: 5.57%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,673
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.25%
More on Salt Lake City: Write A Review | Data | JobsSalt Lake City is the capital and the most populous municipality of the U.S. state of Utah. With an estimated population of 190,884 in 2014, the city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,153,340. Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo Combined Statistical Area. This region is a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along an approximately 120-mile segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,423,912 as of 2014. It is one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin.
3. West Valley City
Population: 134,609% Asian: 4.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,663
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.02%
More on West Valley City: Write A Review | Data | JobsWest Valley City is a city in Salt Lake County and a suburb of Salt Lake City in the U.S. state of Utah. The population was 129,480 at the 2010 census, making it the second-largest city in Utah. The city incorporated in 1980 from a large, quickly growing unincorporated area, which was variously known as Granger, Hunter, Chesterfield, and Redwood. It is home to the Maverik Center and USANA Amphitheatre.
Population: 60,448% Asian: 4.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,724
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.13%
More on Taylorsville: Write A Review | Data | JobsTaylorsville is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 58,657 at the 2010 census. Taylorsville was incorporated from the Taylorsville-Bennion CDP and portions of the Kearns CDP on April 24, 1996. The city is located adjacent to interstate 215 and Bangerter Highway. It is centrally located in the middle of the Salt Lake Valley.
5. Cottonwood Heights
Population: 49,539% Asian: 4.24%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,098
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.33%
More on Logan: Write A Review | Data | JobsLogan is a city in Cache County, Utah, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 48,174, with an estimated population of 48,997 in 2014. Logan is the county seat of Cache County and the principal city of the Logan, UT-ID Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Cache County and Franklin County, Idaho. The Logan metropolitan area contained 125,442 people as of the 2010 census. In 2005 and 2007, Morgan Quitno declared the Logan metropolitan area the safest in the United States.
Population: 31,659% Asian: 3.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,228
Percent Change Since 2010: 106.39%
More on Midvale: Write A Review | Data | JobsMidvale is a city in Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 30,764 at the 2010 census.
Population: 46,399% Asian: 3.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,635
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.39%
More on Draper: Write A Review | Data | JobsDraper is a city in Salt Lake and Utah counties in the U.S. state of Utah, located about 20 miles south of Salt Lake City along the Wasatch Front. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 42,274, having grown from 7,143 in 1990.
9. North Logan
10. Woods Cross
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Utah
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Utah according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
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