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 West Virginia is 13,757 – at 0.7% of the total population of West Virginia.
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 West Virginia? Which cities and towns in West Virginia have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in West Virginia with the largest Asian population in 2018:
- Morgantown (Photos | Jobs)
- Grafton (Photos | Jobs)
- Beckley (Photos | Jobs)
- Bridgeport (Photos | Jobs)
- Vienna (Photos | Jobs)
- Charleston (Photos | Jobs)
- Charles Town (Photos | Jobs)
- Elkins (Photos | Jobs)
- Huntington (Photos | Jobs)
- South Charleston (Photos | Jobs)
Which city in West Virginia had the largest Asian population?
Morgantown took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in West Virginia for 2018. 4.81% of Morgantown identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where West Virginia ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.
How We Determined The Cities In West Virginia 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 West Virginia.
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 27 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 4.8% 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. Morgantown took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Oak Hill was the least Asian city.
Read on for more information on how the cities in West Virginia 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: 30,364% Asian: 4.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,460
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.92%
More on Morgantown: Write A Review | Data | JobsMorgantown is a city in and the county seat of Monongalia County, West Virginia, situated along the banks of the Monongahela River. With a permanent population of 31,073 per the 2015 U.S. Census estimates, Morgantown is the largest city in North-Central West Virginia. The Morgantown metropolitan area has a population of 138,176, and is the 3rd largest in West Virginia. West Virginia University adds several thousand seasonal residents to the city and surrounding area from September through May. Morgantown is best known as the home of West Virginia University and the Morgantown Personal Rapid Transit system.
Population: 5,156% Asian: 3.01%
# Of Asian Residents: 155
Percent Change Since 2010: 1837.5%
More on Grafton: Write A Review | Data | JobsGrafton is a city in – and the county seat of – Taylor County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 5,164 at the 2010 census. Both of West Virginia’s national cemeteries are located in Grafton. Mother’s Day was founded in Grafton on May 10, 1908 and the city is home to the International Mother’s Day Shrine. Grafton was one of the first places to observe Memorial Day in the United States. Grafton originally developed as a junction point for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, serving numerous branches vital to the local coal industry.
Population: 17,348% Asian: 2.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 462
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.96%
More on Beckley: Write A Review | Data | JobsBeckley is a city in and the county seat of Raleigh County, West Virginia, United States. It was founded on April 4, 1838. Beckley was named in honor of John James Beckley, who was the first Clerk of the House of Representatives and the first Librarian of Congress. It was founded by his son Alfred Beckley. The current mayor is Rob Rappold
Population: 8,364% Asian: 2.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 219
Percent Change Since 2010: 119.0%
More on Bridgeport: Write A Review | Data | JobsBridgeport is a city in Harrison County, West Virginia, USA. The population was 8,149 at the 2010 census.
Population: 50,210% Asian: 2.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,134
Percent Change Since 2010: -15.56%
More on Charleston: Write A Review | Data | JobsCharleston is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. state of West Virginia, and the county seat of Kanawha County. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers. As of the 2013 Census Estimate, it had a population of 50,821, while its metropolitan area had 224,743. It is a center of government, commerce, and industry.
7. Charles Town
Population: 5,682% Asian: 2.16%
# Of Asian Residents: 123
Percent Change Since 2010: 1657.14%
More on Charles Town: Write A Review | Data | JobsCharles Town, officially the City of Charles Town, is a city in Jefferson County, West Virginia, and is also the county seat. The population was 5,259 at the 2010 United States Census.
Population: 7,232% Asian: 1.58%
# Of Asian Residents: 114
Percent Change Since 2010: -16.18%
More on Elkins: Write A Review | Data | JobsElkins is a city in Randolph County, West Virginia, USA. The community was incorporated in 1890 and named in honor of Stephen Benton Elkins, a U.S. Senator from West Virginia. The population was 7,094 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Randolph County. Elkins is home to Davis and Elkins College and to the Mountain State Forest Festival, held in early October every year.
Population: 48,735% Asian: 1.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 732
Percent Change Since 2010: 64.49%
More on Huntington: Write A Review | Data | JobsHuntington is a city in Cabell County and Wayne County in the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is the county seat of Cabell County, and largest city in the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, sometimes referred to as the Tri-State Area. A historic and bustling city of commerce and heavy industry, Huntington has long-flourished due to its ideal location on the Ohio River at the mouth of the Guyandotte River. It is home to the Port of Huntington Tri-State, the busiest inland port in the United States.
10. South Charleston
There You Have It – Asian Populations Across West Virginia
If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across West Virginia according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in West Virginia:
- Oak Hill
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Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In West Virginia