10 Cities In Washington With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine 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 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:

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

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.

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 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*
* 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 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.

Bellevue, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 136,718
% Asian: 32.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 44,999
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.97%
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Redmond, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 59,268
% Asian: 32.11%
# Of Asian Residents: 19,033
Percent Change Since 2010: 57.1%
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”.

Newcastle, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,189
% Asian: 25.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,878
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.16%
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: 62,136
% Asian: 25.18%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,647
Percent Change Since 2010: 86.19%
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.

Renton, WA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 98,499
% Asian: 23.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 22,726
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.41%
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.

Tukwila, WA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 19,878
% Asian: 22.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,504
Percent Change Since 2010: 31.81%
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.

Mill Creek, WA

Source: City Of Mill Creek
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 19,372
% Asian: 19.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,771
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.47%
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.

Issaquah, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 34,728
% Asian: 19.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,742
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.88%
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.

Mercer Island, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 24,467
% Asian: 18.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,526
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.91%
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.

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 125,492
% Asian: 18.34%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,015
Percent Change Since 2010: 90.25%
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.

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. Stanwood
  2. Grandview
  3. Prosser

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Washington

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Bellevue 32.91% 136,718
2 Redmond 32.11% 59,268
3 Newcastle 25.72% 11,189
4 Sammamish 25.18% 62,136
5 Renton 23.07% 98,499
6 Tukwila 22.66% 19,878
7 Mill Creek 19.47% 19,372
8 Issaquah 19.41% 34,728
9 Mercer Island 18.5% 24,467
10 Kent 18.34% 125,492
11 Lynnwood 17.67% 36,861
12 Mukilteo 17.62% 20,994
13 Seatac 15.9% 28,298
14 Fife 14.88% 9,645
15 Seattle 14.05% 668,849
16 Kirkland 13.86% 85,812
17 Federal Way 13.45% 93,986
18 Bothell 13.35% 43,153
19 Shoreline 12.98% 55,021
20 Des Moines 12.66% 30,904
21 Snoqualmie 12.25% 12,510
22 Mountlake Terrace 11.99% 20,747
23 Pullman 11.28% 32,176
24 Woodinville 10.88% 11,549
25 Burien 10.75% 50,187
26 Covington 10.45% 19,172
27 Kenmore 10.03% 21,830
28 Oak Harbor 9.6% 22,544
29 University Place 9.5% 32,342
30 Steilacoom 9.38% 6,175
31 Edmonds 9.06% 41,020
32 Lacey 9.03% 45,644
33 Auburn 9.01% 75,607
34 Tacoma 9.0% 205,602
35 Everett 8.75% 106,580
36 Lakewood 8.28% 59,489
37 Lake Forest Park 7.64% 13,156
38 Dupont 7.37% 9,224
39 Olympia 7.07% 49,608
40 Pacific 6.5% 7,042
41 Brier 6.42% 6,530
42 Marysville 6.2% 64,955
43 Normandy Park 6.2% 6,598
44 Port Orchard 6.05% 13,265
45 Maple Valley 6.01% 25,093
46 Bellingham 5.89% 84,462
47 Ferndale 5.87% 12,666
48 Fircrest 5.74% 6,660
49 Camas 5.66% 21,393
50 Vancouver 5.1% 169,982
51 Puyallup 4.89% 39,274
52 Richland 4.84% 53,227
53 Gig Harbor 4.72% 8,307
54 Ocean Shores 4.65% 5,673
55 Bremerton 4.42% 39,388
56 Tumwater 4.4% 21,684
57 Poulsbo 3.82% 9,806
58 Lake Stevens 3.55% 30,352
59 Monroe 3.33% 17,906
60 Ellensburg 3.23% 18,957
61 Mount Vernon 3.23% 33,388
62 Yelm 3.2% 8,066
63 Bainbridge Island 3.17% 23,576
64 Ephrata 3.15% 7,980
65 Liberty Lake 3.07% 8,566
66 Airway Heights 3.07% 6,523
67 Washougal 3.03% 14,987
68 Spokane 3.02% 212,078
69 Lynden 2.98% 13,204
70 Cheney 2.93% 11,479
71 Sequim 2.92% 6,736
72 Port Townsend 2.92% 9,286
73 Milton 2.67% 7,239
74 Port Angeles 2.57% 19,420
75 Duvall 2.54% 7,534
76 Sumner 2.47% 9,691
77 Snohomish 2.46% 9,551
78 Bonney Lake 2.43% 19,022
79 Walla Walla 2.3% 31,952
80 Battle Ground 2.23% 18,987
81 Arlington 2.19% 18,749
82 Anacortes 2.12% 16,229
83 Pasco 2.07% 68,567
84 Kennewick 1.91% 77,975
85 Spokane Valley 1.84% 93,322
86 Longview 1.8% 36,720
87 Moses Lake 1.69% 21,846
88 Enumclaw 1.47% 11,543
89 Kelso 1.43% 11,871
90 College Place 1.37% 8,996
91 Orting 1.35% 7,254
92 Yakima 1.27% 93,338
93 Othello 1.26% 7,726
94 Edgewood 1.2% 9,862
95 West Richland 1.06% 13,407
96 Woodland 0.97% 5,684
97 Shelton 0.97% 9,832
98 Burlington 0.89% 8,572
99 Sunnyside 0.88% 16,217
100 Toppenish 0.87% 8,977

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