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


We used data and science to determine the cities in Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington is 573,457 – at 8.0% of the total population of Washington.

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

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

  1. Redmond (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Bellevue (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Newcastle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Sammamish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Tukwila (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Renton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Issaquah (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Kent (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Mill Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Mercer Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Which city in Washington had the largest Asian population?

Redmond took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Washington for 2019. 33.89% of Redmond identify as Asian.

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

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

How We Determined The Cities In Washington 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 Washington.

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 115 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 33.9% to 0.2%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Redmond took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Grandview was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Washington 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.

Redmond, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 60,712
% Asian: 33.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 20,574
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.82%
More on Redmond: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Redmond is a city in King County, Washington, United States, located 16 miles east of Seattle, within the high-tech enclave of Seattle metropolitan area. The population is 62,458 in 2016, an increase from the 2010 census, up from 45,256 in the 2000 census. Redmond is commonly recognized as the home of Microsoft and Nintendo of America. With an annual bike race on city streets and the state’s only velodrome, Redmond is also known as the “Bicycle Capital of the Northwest”.

Bellevue, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 139,014
% Asian: 33.78%
# Of Asian Residents: 46,964
Percent Change Since 2010: 52.34%
More on Bellevue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newcastle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,346
% Asian: 28.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,236
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.11%
More on Newcastle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newcastle is an Eastside city in King County, Washington, United States. Its population was 10,380 at the 2010 census.

Sammamish, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 62,877
% Asian: 27.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 17,213
Percent Change Since 2010: 104.82%
More on Sammamish: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sammamish is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 63,773 in a 2016 census estimate. Located on a plateau, the city is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east.

Tukwila, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 20,025
% Asian: 23.7%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,746
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.89%
More on Tukwila: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tukwila is a suburban city in King County, Washington, United States. The northern edge of Tukwila borders the city of Seattle. The population was 19,107 at the 2010 census. The population was 20,018 at the 2015 Estimate from Office of Financial Management. The City of Tukwila is a community of communities: residents of many diverse origins make Tukwila their home, a large commercial center draws workers and consumers to the city daily, and industry thrives with the confluence of rivers, freeways, railroads, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Renton, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 99,692
% Asian: 22.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 22,345
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.24%
More on Renton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Renton is a city in King County, Washington, United States. Situated 11 miles southeast of downtown Seattle, Washington, Renton straddles the southeast shore of Lake Washington, at the mouth of the Cedar River. While long an important salmon fishing area for Native Americans, Renton was first settled by people of European descent in the 1860s, and its early economy was based on coal mining, clay production, and timber export. Today, Renton is best known as the final assembly point for the Boeing 737 family of commercial airplanes, but it is also home to a growing number of well known manufacturing, technology, and healthcare organizations, including Boeing Commercial Airplanes Division, Paccar, Kaiser Permanente, IKEA, Providence Health & Services, and Wizards of the Coast. As of 2016, the population in Renton is 101,300, up from 90,927 at the 2010 census. Renton currently is the 8th largest city in Washington State, and is the 4th largest in King County. The National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks have a training facility in Renton. It is the second-largest facility in the NFL at 200,000 square feet.

Issaquah, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 35,629
% Asian: 20.28%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,227
Percent Change Since 2010: 58.52%
More on Issaquah: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Issaquah is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 37,322 in a 2016 census estimate. Located in a valley and bisected by Interstate 90, the city is bordered by the Sammamish Plateau to the north and the Issaquah Alps to the south.

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 126,561
% Asian: 19.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 25,172
Percent Change Since 2010: 108.08%
More on Kent: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kent is a city located in King County, Washington, United States. It is the sixth largest city in the state and third largest in the county. Kent is in the heart of the Seattle-Tacoma metropolitan area, located 19 miles south of Seattle and 19 miles northeast of Tacoma. Incorporated in 1890, it is the second oldest incorporated city in King County, after Seattle. Kent’s population as of April, 2010 was 92,411 according to the 2010 census. The total grew to an estimated 126,952 as of July 1, 2015, owing primarily to annexation.

Mill Creek, WA

Source: City Of Mill Creek
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 19,706
% Asian: 19.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,824
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.96%
More on Mill Creek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mill Creek is a city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. It is located approximately 20 miles north-northeast of downtown Seattle and is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. The 2010 census population was 18,244. Mill Creek was originally a planned community built around a golf course and country club as its centerpiece.

Mercer Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 24,768
% Asian: 18.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,660
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.87%
More on Mercer Island: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mercer Island is a city in King County, Washington, United States located on an island of the same name in the southern portion of Lake Washington. Mercer Island is in the Seattle Metropolitan Area, with Seattle located to its west and Bellevue located to its east.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Washington

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

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Washington:

  1. Grandview
  2. Prosser
  3. Sunnyside

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Washington

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Redmond 33.89% 60,712
2 Bellevue 33.78% 139,014
3 Newcastle 28.52% 11,346
4 Sammamish 27.38% 62,877
5 Tukwila 23.7% 20,025
6 Renton 22.41% 99,692
7 Issaquah 20.28% 35,629
8 Kent 19.89% 126,561
9 Mill Creek 19.41% 19,706
10 Mercer Island 18.81% 24,768
11 Mukilteo 18.08% 21,101
12 Lynnwood 17.05% 37,242
13 Seatac 15.73% 28,597
14 Federal Way 14.46% 94,905
15 Seattle 14.37% 688,245
16 Kirkland 14.04% 86,772
17 Fife 13.95% 9,805
18 Bothell 13.87% 44,082
19 Shoreline 13.81% 55,431
20 Des Moines 12.54% 31,080
21 Burien 12.18% 50,729
22 Mountlake Terrace 12.0% 20,922
23 Snoqualmie 11.9% 12,944
24 Kenmore 11.75% 22,154
25 Pullman 11.44% 32,382
26 Covington 10.73% 19,918
27 Woodinville 10.42% 11,675
28 Oak Harbor 9.91% 22,527
29 University Place 9.91% 32,528
30 Auburn 9.85% 77,440
31 Pacific 9.67% 7,113
32 Lakewood 8.84% 59,102
33 Steilacoom 8.81% 6,199
34 Tacoma 8.71% 207,280
35 Everett 8.66% 107,560
36 Edmonds 8.5% 41,309
37 Lake Forest Park 8.42% 13,247
38 Lacey 8.16% 46,655
39 Normandy Park 7.73% 6,634
40 Camas 7.48% 22,086
41 Marysville 7.04% 66,178
42 Port Orchard 6.85% 13,476
43 Olympia 6.78% 49,928
44 Brier 6.56% 6,697
45 Bellingham 6.18% 85,388
46 Puyallup 5.89% 39,637
47 Airway Heights 5.59% 8,017
48 Fircrest 5.58% 6,666
49 Maple Valley 5.4% 25,375
50 Bremerton 5.13% 39,584
51 Gig Harbor 5.12% 8,651
52 Vancouver 5.12% 171,393
53 Ferndale 4.97% 13,171
54 Richland 4.92% 53,991
55 Ocean Shores 4.6% 5,714
56 Dupont 4.1% 9,303
57 Tumwater 4.06% 22,005
58 Lake Stevens 3.9% 31,022
59 Poulsbo 3.85% 10,005
60 Liberty Lake 3.58% 8,905
61 Bainbridge Island 3.39% 23,689
62 Washougal 3.33% 15,241
63 Sequim 3.31% 6,819
64 Edgewood 3.28% 10,165
65 Yelm 3.25% 8,425
66 Cheney 3.22% 11,735
67 Snohomish 3.21% 9,713
68 Monroe 3.14% 18,149
69 Ellensburg 2.93% 19,307
70 Mount Vernon 2.85% 33,787
71 Milton 2.81% 7,481
72 Spokane 2.8% 212,982
73 Lynden 2.77% 13,452
74 Port Townsend 2.72% 9,315
75 Port Angeles 2.59% 19,419
76 Anacortes 2.59% 16,425
77 Duvall 2.58% 7,683
78 Ephrata 2.48% 7,956
79 Arlington 2.38% 18,884
80 Pasco 2.36% 70,607
81 Battle Ground 2.29% 19,439
82 Bonney Lake 2.29% 19,560
83 Walla Walla 2.15% 32,585
84 Kennewick 2.1% 78,858
85 Sumner 2.08% 9,789
86 Moses Lake 2.07% 22,038
87 Longview 1.87% 36,740
88 Othello 1.83% 7,797
89 Kelso 1.78% 11,864
90 Spokane Valley 1.57% 94,424
91 Aberdeen 1.53% 16,281
92 Burlington 1.53% 8,590
93 West Richland 1.4% 13,797
94 Orting 1.29% 7,460
95 Enumclaw 1.18% 11,670
96 Shelton 1.17% 9,882
97 Yakima 1.14% 93,182
98 College Place 1.06% 9,041
99 Toppenish 1.01% 8,923
100 Centralia 1.0% 16,771

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