Virginia Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the cities in Virginia 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 virginia is 526,973 - at 6.3% of the total population of virginia.

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 virginia? Which cities and towns in virginia have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

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

  1. Herndon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Fairfax (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Vienna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Blacksburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Manassas Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Falls Church (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Leesburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Charlottesville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Williamsburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Virginia Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in virginia had the largest Asian population? Herndon took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in virginia for 2020. 17.92% of Herndon identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where virginia 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 virginia or the most diverse places in virginia.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Virginia For 2020

Herndon, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 24,520
% Asian: 17.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,395
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.79%
More on Herndon: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Herndon is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area of the United States. The population was 23,292 at the 2010 census, which makes it the largest of three incorporated towns in the county.

Fairfax, VA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,865
% Asian: 17.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,060
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.4%
More on Fairfax: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairfax, colloquially Central Fairfax, Downtown Fairfax, Fairfax City, or the City of Fairfax, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census the population was 22,565, which had risen to an estimated 24,013 as of 2015.

Vienna, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 16,488
% Asian: 13.67%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,254
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.26%
More on Vienna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vienna is a town in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 15,687. Significantly more people live in ZIP codes with the Vienna postal addresses bordered approximately by Interstate 66 on the south, Interstate 495 on the east, Route 7 to the north, and Hunter Mill road to the west.

Blacksburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 44,245
% Asian: 12.8%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,664
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.44%
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Blacksburg is an incorporated town in Montgomery County, Virginia, United States, with a population of 42,620 at the 2010 census. Blacksburg is dominated economically and demographically by the presence of Virginia Tech.

Manassas Park, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 16,423
% Asian: 10.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,779
Percent Change Since 2010: 80.06%
More on Manassas Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Manassas Park is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,273. Manassas Park is bordered by the city of Manassas and Prince William County. Manassas Park is a part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. "A" Fort and Battery Hill Redoubt-Camp Early resides in Manassas Park.

Falls Church, VA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,067
% Asian: 10.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,421
Percent Change Since 2010: 17.34%
More on Falls Church: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Falls Church is an independent city in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,332. The estimated population in 2015 was 13,892. Falls Church is included in the Washington metropolitan area. Falls Church has the lowest level of poverty of any independent city or county in the United States.

Leesburg, VA

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 52,125
% Asian: 7.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,023
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.95%
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Leesburg is a historic town within and the county seat of Loudoun County, Virginia. Leesburg is 33 miles west-northwest of Washington, D.C. along the base of Catoctin Mountain and adjacent to the Potomac River. Its population according to the 2010 Census is 42,616. The town is also the northwestern terminus of the Dulles Greenway, a private toll road that connects to the Dulles Toll Road at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Charlottesville, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 47,042
% Asian: 7.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,356
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.53%
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Charlottesville, colloquially known as Cville by locals, is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2016, an estimated 46,912 people lived within the city limits. It is the county seat of Albemarle County, which surrounds the city, though the two are separate legal entities. This means a Charlottesville resident will list the City of Charlottesville as both their county and city on official paperwork. It is named after the British Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the City of Charlottesville with the County of Albemarle for statistical purposes, bringing its steadily growing population to approximately 150,000. Charlottesville is the heart of the Charlottesville metropolitan area, which includes Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene and Nelson counties.

Williamsburg, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,788
% Asian: 6.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 964
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.18%
More on Williamsburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Williamsburg is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,068. In 2014, the population was estimated to be 14,691.

Virginia Beach, VA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 450,135
% Asian: 6.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 29,330
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.33%
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Virginia Beach is an independent city located on the southeastern coast of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 437,994. In 2015, the population was estimated to be 452,745. Although mostly suburban in character, it is the most populous city in Virginia and the 41st most populous city in the nation. Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. This area, known as "America's First Region", also includes the independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as other smaller cities, counties, and towns of Hampton Roads.

How We Determined The Cities In virginia 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 virginia.

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 59 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 17.9% 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. Herndon took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Richlands was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in virginia 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 Virginia

If you're looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Virginia according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Virginia:

  1. Richlands
  2. Bristol
  3. Smithfield

For more Virginia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Virginia

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Herndon 17.92% 24,520
2 Fairfax 17.01% 23,865
3 Vienna 13.67% 16,488
4 Blacksburg 12.8% 44,245
5 Manassas Park 10.83% 16,423
6 Falls Church 10.1% 14,067
7 Leesburg 7.72% 52,125
8 Charlottesville 7.13% 47,042
9 Williamsburg 6.52% 14,788
10 Virginia Beach 6.52% 450,135
11 Alexandria 6.04% 156,505
12 Manassas 5.39% 41,457
13 Buena Vista 4.3% 6,399
14 Harrisonburg 3.91% 53,391
15 Lexington 3.71% 7,110
16 Colonial Heights 3.69% 17,593
17 Vinton 3.68% 8,074
18 Norfolk 3.57% 245,592
19 Purcellville 3.43% 9,709
20 Warrenton 3.27% 9,873
21 Chesapeake 3.21% 237,820
22 Newport News 3.12% 180,145
23 Roanoke 3.05% 99,621
24 Lynchburg 2.71% 80,131
25 Hampton 2.52% 135,583
26 Fredericksburg 2.31% 28,469
27 Christiansburg 2.24% 22,049
28 Richmond 2.13% 223,787
29 South Boston 2.03% 7,828
30 Abingdon 2.02% 8,020
31 Poquoson 1.96% 12,039
32 Suffolk 1.87% 89,160
33 Salem 1.78% 25,519
34 Winchester 1.68% 27,789
35 Ashland 1.61% 7,655
36 Radford 1.54% 17,630
37 Hopewell 1.44% 22,408
38 Staunton 1.43% 24,452
39 Covington 1.33% 5,582
40 Wytheville 1.31% 8,000
41 Portsmouth 1.31% 95,311
42 Danville 1.09% 41,512
43 Culpeper 1.09% 18,113
44 Front Royal 1.07% 15,240
45 Farmville 1.05% 8,076
46 Petersburg 0.98% 31,827
47 Waynesboro 0.94% 21,926
48 Strasburg 0.85% 6,585
49 Marion 0.85% 5,787
50 Bridgewater 0.47% 5,983
51 Pulaski 0.44% 8,794
52 Franklin 0.33% 8,211
53 Galax 0.29% 6,638
54 Emporia 0.28% 5,381
55 Martinsville 0.25% 13,101
56 Big Stone Gap 0.21% 5,326
57 Smithfield 0.06% 8,324
58 Bristol 0.05% 16,843
59 Richlands 0.0% 5,439

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