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 547,117 – at 7.7% 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 2018:
- Bellevue (Photos | Jobs)
- Redmond (Photos | Jobs)
- Newcastle (Photos | Jobs)
- Sammamish (Photos | Jobs)
- Renton (Photos | Jobs)
- Tukwila (Photos | Jobs)
- Mill Creek (Photos | Jobs)
- Issaquah (Photos | Jobs)
- Mercer Island (Photos | Jobs)
- Kent (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in Washington had the largest Asian population?
Bellevue took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Washington for 2018. 32.91% of Bellevue 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.
How We Determined The Cities In Washington 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 Washington.
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 115 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 32.9% 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. Bellevue took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Stanwood 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.
Population: 59,268% Asian: 32.11%
# Of Asian Residents: 19,033
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.1%
More on Redmond: Write A Review | Data | JobsRedmond 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”.
Population: 11,189% Asian: 25.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,878
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.16%
More on Newcastle: Write A Review | Data | JobsNewcastle is an Eastside city in King County, Washington, United States. Its population was 10,380 at the 2010 census.
Population: 62,136% Asian: 25.18%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,647
Percent Change Since 2010: 86.19%
More on Sammamish: Write A Review | Data | JobsSammamish 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.
Population: 98,499% Asian: 23.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 22,726
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.41%
More on Renton: Write A Review | Data | JobsRenton 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.
Population: 19,878% Asian: 22.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,504
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.81%
More on Tukwila: Write A Review | Data | JobsTukwila 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.
7. Mill Creek
Population: 19,372% Asian: 19.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,771
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.47%
More on Mill Creek: Write A Review | Data | JobsMill 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.
Population: 34,728% Asian: 19.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,742
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.88%
More on Issaquah: Write A Review | Data | JobsIssaquah 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.
9. Mercer Island
Population: 24,467% Asian: 18.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,526
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.91%
More on Mercer Island: Write A Review | Data | JobsMercer 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.
Population: 125,492% Asian: 18.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,015
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.25%
More on Kent: Write A Review | Data | JobsKent 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.
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:
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