Washington Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 602,020 - at 8.3% 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?

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

  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. Tukwila (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Renton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Issaquah (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Mercer Island (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Kent (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Mukilteo (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 2020. 35.33% 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Washington For 2020

Bellevue, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 142,242
% Asian: 35.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 50,255
Percent Change Since 2010: 63.02%
More on Bellevue: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Redmond, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 63,197
% Asian: 35.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 22,303
Percent Change Since 2010: 84.09%
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: 11,559
% Asian: 32.03%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,702
Percent Change Since 2010: 44.27%
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: 64,049
% Asian: 29.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,918
Percent Change Since 2010: 125.11%
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: 20,198
% Asian: 25.14%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,078
Percent Change Since 2010: 48.61%
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: 101,054
% Asian: 23.31%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,552
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.12%
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: 36,938
% Asian: 20.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,724
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.42%
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: 25,492
% Asian: 19.85%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,060
Percent Change Since 2010: 49.7%
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: 128,057
% Asian: 19.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 25,380
Percent Change Since 2010: 109.8%
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.

Mukilteo, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 21,264
% Asian: 18.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,031
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.32%
More on Mukilteo: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mukilteo, which means "good camping ground," is a waterfront city in Snohomish County, Washington, United States. The population was 20,254 at the 2010 census. It is on the shore of the Puget Sound, and is the site of a Washington State Ferries terminal linking it to Clinton, on Whidbey Island.

How We Determined The Cities In washington 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 washington.

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 115 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 35.3% 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. Bellevue took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Toppenish was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Toppenish
  2. Hoquiam
  3. Prosser

For more Washington reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Washington

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Bellevue 35.33% 142,242
2 Redmond 35.29% 63,197
3 Newcastle 32.03% 11,559
4 Sammamish 29.54% 64,049
5 Tukwila 25.14% 20,198
6 Renton 23.31% 101,054
7 Issaquah 20.91% 36,938
8 Mercer Island 19.85% 25,492
9 Kent 19.82% 128,057
10 Mukilteo 18.96% 21,264
11 Lynnwood 17.68% 37,671
12 Mill Creek 17.6% 20,164
13 Pacific 15.54% 7,177
14 Seatac 15.14% 28,925
15 Bothell 14.94% 44,994
16 Seattle 14.94% 708,823
17 Shoreline 14.84% 56,020
18 Kirkland 14.22% 88,079
19 Fife 13.96% 9,968
20 Federal Way 13.44% 96,110
21 Burien 12.72% 51,326
22 Pullman 12.13% 33,050
23 Mountlake Terrace 11.98% 21,106
24 Des Moines 11.91% 31,518
25 Covington 11.79% 20,447
26 Snoqualmie 11.77% 13,317
27 Kenmore 11.63% 22,546
28 Auburn 11.12% 79,110
29 Woodinville 11.03% 12,026
30 University Place 10.77% 32,907
31 Oak Harbor 10.18% 22,820
32 Tacoma 9.09% 210,103
33 Everett 9.08% 108,941
34 Lacey 9.02% 47,852
35 Lakewood 8.35% 59,606
36 Normandy Park 8.03% 6,678
37 Edmonds 7.89% 41,770
38 Steilacoom 7.83% 6,270
39 Camas 7.6% 22,615
40 Lake Forest Park 7.45% 13,378
41 Marysville 7.3% 67,567
42 Port Orchard 7.27% 13,788
43 Olympia 7.26% 50,836
44 Brier 7.24% 6,819
45 Bellingham 6.35% 87,071
46 Ferndale 5.79% 13,622
47 Puyallup 5.59% 40,305
48 Airway Heights 5.46% 8,285
49 Vancouver 5.44% 178,413
50 Yelm 5.11% 8,772
51 Maple Valley 5.0% 25,953
52 Poulsbo 4.79% 10,301
53 Richland 4.71% 55,043
54 Bremerton 4.7% 40,220
55 Fircrest 4.66% 6,711
56 Gig Harbor 4.54% 9,382
57 Lake Stevens 4.28% 31,778
58 Dupont 4.24% 9,379
59 Liberty Lake 4.24% 9,382
60 Tumwater 3.93% 22,500
61 Ocean Shores 3.82% 5,814
62 Washougal 3.55% 15,484
63 Duvall 3.46% 7,811
64 Bainbridge Island 3.4% 24,060
65 Burlington 3.29% 8,743
66 Milton 3.18% 7,543
67 Mount Vernon 3.17% 34,504
68 Arlington 3.06% 19,154
69 Lynden 2.93% 13,862
70 Anacortes 2.92% 16,725
71 Snohomish 2.83% 9,875
72 Cheney 2.71% 11,962
73 Edgewood 2.65% 10,599
74 Ellensburg 2.6% 19,799
75 Spokane 2.58% 214,804
76 Port Townsend 2.41% 9,428
77 Bonney Lake 2.38% 20,313
78 Pasco 2.37% 71,858
79 Sequim 2.31% 7,100
80 Kennewick 2.3% 80,204
81 Walla Walla 2.3% 32,731
82 Port Angeles 2.2% 19,615
83 Monroe 2.13% 18,503
84 Moses Lake 1.99% 22,663
85 Aberdeen 1.8% 16,359
86 North Bend 1.8% 6,830
87 Othello 1.73% 7,980
88 College Place 1.71% 9,136
89 Battle Ground 1.69% 19,932
90 Ephrata 1.57% 8,050
91 Longview 1.54% 37,092
92 Orting 1.44% 7,732
93 Enumclaw 1.41% 11,768
94 Stanwood 1.32% 6,973
95 Spokane Valley 1.3% 96,070
96 Kelso 1.28% 11,983
97 Centralia 1.24% 16,932
98 Shelton 1.21% 9,996
99 West Richland 1.2% 14,187
100 Yakima 1.16% 93,416

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