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 | Jobs)
  2. Redmond (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Newcastle (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Sammamish (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Renton (Photos | Jobs)
  6. Tukwila (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Mill Creek (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Issaquah (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Mercer Island (Photos | Jobs)
  10. 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.

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.

1. Bellevue

Bellevue, Washington

Population: 136,718
% Asian: 32.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 44,999
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.97%
More on Bellevue: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

2. Redmond

Redmond, Washington

Source: Public domain

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”.

3. Newcastle

Newcastle, Washington

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.

4. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

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.

5. Renton

Renton, Washington

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.

6. Tukwila

Tukwila, Washington

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

Mill Creek, Washington

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.

8. Issaquah

Issaquah, Washington

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

Mercer Island, Washington

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.

10. Kent

Kent, Washington

Source: Public domain

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:

  1. Stanwood
  2. Grandview
  3. Prosser

For more Washington reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Washington

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

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