10 Cities In Wisconsin With The Largest Asian Population For 2018


We used data and science to determine the cities in Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin is 147,191 – at 2.6% of the total population of Wisconsin.

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 Wisconsin? Which cities and towns in Wisconsin have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Wisconsin with the largest Asian population in 2018:

  1. Wausau (Photos | Jobs)
  2. Sheboygan (Photos | Jobs)
  3. Cottage Grove (Photos | Jobs)
  4. Onalaska (Photos | Jobs)
  5. Weston (Jobs)
  6. Madison (Photos | Jobs)
  7. Oak Creek (Photos | Jobs)
  8. Brookfield (Photos | Jobs)
  9. Franklin (Jobs)
  10. Altoona (Photos | Jobs)

Which city in Wisconsin had the largest Asian population?

Wausau took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Wisconsin for 2018. 12.85% of Wausau identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin or the most diverse places in Wisconsin.

How We Determined The Cities In Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin.

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 137 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 12.8% 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. Wausau took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Prairie Du Chien was the least Asian city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Wisconsin 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. Wausau

Wausau, Wisconsin

Population: 39,138
% Asian: 12.85%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,029
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.61%
More on Wausau: Write A Review | Data | JobsWausau is a city in and the county seat of Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. The Wisconsin River divides the city into east and west. The city is adjacent to the Town of Wausau.

2. Sheboygan

Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 48,813
% Asian: 10.73%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,238
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.14%
More on Sheboygan: Write A Review | Data | JobsSheboygan is a city in and the county seat of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 49,288 at the 2010 census. It is the principal city of the Sheboygan, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Sheboygan River, about 50mi north of Milwaukee and 64mi south of Green Bay.

3. Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Population: 6,729
% Asian: 9.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 649
Percent Change Since 2010: 112.79%
More on Cottage Grove: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

4. Onalaska

Onalaska, Wisconsin

Population: 18,396
% Asian: 9.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,774
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.21%
More on Onalaska: Write A Review | Data | JobsOnalaska is a city in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 17,736 at the 2010 census.

5. Weston


Population: 14,989
% Asian: 9.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,378
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.24%
More on Weston: Write A Review | Data | JobsWeston is a village in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Wausau Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 14,868 at the 2010 census.

6. Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

Population: 246,034
% Asian: 8.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 20,929
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.83%
More on Madison: Write A Review | Data | JobsMadison is the capital of the U.S. state of Wisconsin and the seat of Dane County. As of July 1, 2016, Madison’s estimated population of 252,551 made it the second-largest city in Wisconsin, after Milwaukee, and the 82nd-largest in the United States. The city forms the core of the United States Census Bureau’s Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Dane County and neighboring Iowa, Green, and Columbia counties. The Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area’s 2010 population was 568,593.

7. Oak Creek

Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 35,218
% Asian: 7.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,646
Percent Change Since 2010: 97.02%
More on Oak Creek: Write A Review | Data | JobsOak Creek is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 34,451 at the 2010 census.

8. Brookfield

Brookfield, Wisconsin

Population: 37,991
% Asian: 6.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,594
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.42%
More on Brookfield: Write A Review | Data | JobsBrookfield is a city located in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. It had a population of 37,920 in the 2010 census. Brookfield is the third largest city in Waukesha County.

9. Franklin


Population: 36,155
% Asian: 6.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,319
Percent Change Since 2010: 78.11%
More on Franklin: Write A Review | Data | Jobs

10. Altoona

Altoona, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,193
% Asian: 6.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 445
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Altoona: Write A Review | Data | JobsAltoona is a city in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 6,706 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population in 2014 of 7,155. The city is a railroad terminal on the Union Pacific Railroad.

There You Have It – Asian Populations Across Wisconsin

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Wisconsin according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Wisconsin:

  1. Prairie du Chien
  2. Portage
  3. Berlin

For more Wisconsin reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Wisconsin

City Rank % Asian Population
Wausau 1 12.85% 39,138
Sheboygan 2 10.73% 48,813
Cottage Grove 3 9.64% 6,729
Onalaska 4 9.64% 18,396
Weston 5 9.19% 14,989
Madison 6 8.51% 246,034
Oak Creek 7 7.51% 35,218
Brookfield 8 6.83% 37,991
Franklin 9 6.41% 36,155
Altoona 10 6.19% 7,193
Fitchburg 11 6.01% 27,254
Appleton 12 5.96% 73,446
Manitowoc 13 5.93% 33,183
Menomonee Falls 14 5.27% 36,118
New Berlin 15 5.13% 39,807
La Crosse 16 5.12% 52,140
Whitefish Bay 17 4.91% 14,088
Shorewood 18 4.77% 13,300
Greenfield 19 4.6% 37,070
Sun Prairie 20 4.55% 31,721
Brown Deer 21 4.51% 12,075
Eau Claire 22 4.51% 67,654
Stevens Point 23 4.15% 26,714
Green Bay 24 4.13% 104,951
Fox Point 25 4.05% 6,695
Elm Grove 26 4.04% 6,085
Middleton 27 3.99% 18,707
Grafton 28 3.89% 11,563
Menomonie 29 3.88% 16,295
Ashwaubenon 30 3.87% 17,157
Wauwatosa 31 3.86% 47,388
Howard 32 3.83% 18,950
Milwaukee 33 3.81% 598,672
Bellevue 34 3.76% 15,187
Wisconsin Rapids 35 3.75% 17,987
Waukesha 36 3.72% 72,016
Glendale 37 3.7% 12,880
Plover 38 3.59% 12,350
Pewaukee 39 3.36% 8,225
Greendale 40 3.29% 14,303
Marshfield 41 3.11% 18,410
Mequon 42 3.1% 23,663
Germa 43 3.07% 19,927
Menasha 44 3.06% 17,930
Oshkosh 45 3.0% 66,713
Mount Pleasant 46 2.98% 26,237
Kronenwetter 47 2.91% 7,463
Hales Corners 48 2.85% 7,720
Pleasant Prairie 49 2.84% 20,395
Hobart 50 2.73% 7,779
West Allis 51 2.66% 60,543
Holmen 52 2.65% 9,513
St. Francis 53 2.62% 9,516
Cedarburg 54 2.57% 11,516
Deforest 55 2.49% 9,468
Allouez 56 2.33% 13,933
Whitewater 57 2.22% 14,840
Lake Geneva 58 2.14% 7,754
Fond Du Lac 59 2.06% 43,018
Verona 60 2.0% 12,113
Hartland 61 1.96% 9,195
Monona 62 1.96% 7,919
Pewaukee 63 1.87% 13,979
Delavan 64 1.87% 8,410
Rothschild 65 1.83% 5,307
Neenah 66 1.8% 25,849
Sussex 67 1.79% 10,716
Edgerton 68 1.78% 5,494
Mayville 69 1.71% 5,016
Sturtevant 70 1.68% 6,961
Hudson 71 1.65% 13,367
River Falls 72 1.64% 15,152
Plymouth 73 1.63% 8,454
Waterford 74 1.63% 5,344
Kimberly 75 1.62% 6,679
Superior 76 1.6% 26,676
Janesville 77 1.57% 63,880
Waupun 78 1.53% 11,337
West Bend 79 1.4% 31,661
Fort Atkinson 80 1.39% 12,470
De Pere 81 1.34% 24,544
Kenosha 82 1.31% 99,865
Waunakee 83 1.28% 13,092
Sturgeon Bay 84 1.2% 9,007
Baraboo 85 1.2% 12,097
Sparta 86 1.15% 9,659
Oconomowoc 87 1.08% 16,289
Platteville 88 1.06% 12,020
Mukwonago 89 1.02% 7,549
South Milwaukee 90 1.02% 21,197
Mcfarland 91 1.02% 8,168
Tomah 92 1.0% 9,380
Sheboygan Falls 93 1.0% 7,792
Ripon 94 1.0% 7,712
Hartford 95 0.99% 14,350
Stoughton 96 0.98% 13,041
Richland Center 97 0.97% 5,076
Ashland 98 0.96% 8,083
Reedsburg 99 0.94% 9,515
Muskego 100 0.93% 24,650

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