These Are The 10 Wisconsin Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking 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 151,358 – 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 2019:

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

Which city in Wisconsin had the largest Asian population?

Wausau took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Wisconsin for 2019. 12.4% 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 136 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 12.4% 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 Milton 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.

Wausau, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 38,934
% Asian: 12.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,828
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.23%
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Wausau 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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,068
% Asian: 12.11%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,825
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.0%
More on Weston: Real Estate | Data

Weston 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.

Sheboygan, WI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 48,560
% Asian: 11.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,381
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.44%
More on Sheboygan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sheboygan 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.

Madison, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 248,856
% Asian: 8.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 21,712
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.69%
More on Madison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Madison 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.

Brookfield, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 37,943
% Asian: 8.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,284
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.11%
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Brookfield 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.

Onalaska, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,452
% Asian: 8.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,574
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.97%
More on Onalaska: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Onalaska is a city in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 17,736 at the 2010 census.

Cottage Grove, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,795
% Asian: 7.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 520
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.49%
More on Cottage Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Appleton, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 73,832
% Asian: 7.12%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,257
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.51%
More on Appleton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Appleton is a city in Outagamie, Calumet, and Winnebago counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. One of the Fox Cities, it is situated on the Fox River, 30 miles southwest of Green Bay and 100 miles north of Milwaukee. Appleton is the county seat of Outagamie County. The population was 72,623 at the 2010 census. Of this, 60,045 were in Outagamie County, 11,088 in Calumet County, and 1,490 in Winnebago County. Appleton is the principal city of the Appleton, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, Wisconsin Combined Statistical Area. The city possesses the two tallest buildings in Outagamie County, the Zuelke Building and 222 Building, at 168 and 183 feet, respectively.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 36,295
% Asian: 6.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,440
Percent Change Since 2010: 87.4%
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data

Oak Creek, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 35,588
% Asian: 6.63%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,359
Percent Change Since 2010: 75.65%
More on Oak Creek: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oak Creek is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 34,451 at the 2010 census.

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. Milton
  2. Prairie Du Chien
  3. Berlin

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Wisconsin

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Wausau 12.4% 38,934
2 Weston 12.11% 15,068
3 Sheboygan 11.08% 48,560
4 Madison 8.72% 248,856
5 Brookfield 8.66% 37,943
6 Onalaska 8.53% 18,452
7 Cottage Grove 7.65% 6,795
8 Appleton 7.12% 73,832
9 Franklin 6.72% 36,295
10 Oak Creek 6.63% 35,588
11 Holmen 6.1% 9,693
12 Manitowoc 5.79% 32,939
13 Whitefish Bay 5.67% 14,099
14 Menomonee Falls 5.53% 36,411
15 Shorewood 5.37% 13,367
16 Sun Prairie 5.06% 32,112
17 Greenfield 4.98% 37,082
18 Brown Deer 4.86% 12,076
19 Menomonie 4.85% 16,222
20 Eau Claire 4.72% 67,945
21 La Crosse 4.62% 51,928
22 Ashwaubenon 4.56% 17,141
23 Middleton 4.49% 18,951
24 New Berlin 4.45% 39,779
25 Stevens Point 4.4% 26,526
26 Wauwatosa 4.38% 47,687
27 Fitchburg 4.29% 27,914
28 Bellevue 4.14% 15,373
29 Pewaukee 4.11% 8,214
30 Hobart 3.96% 8,178
31 Milwaukee 3.96% 599,086
32 Grafton 3.95% 11,576
33 Green Bay 3.94% 104,796
34 Marshfield 3.81% 18,326
35 Verona 3.72% 12,465
36 Plover 3.72% 12,494
37 St. Francis 3.71% 9,532
38 Glendale 3.66% 12,868
39 Fox Point 3.64% 6,706
40 Germa 3.64% 19,956
41 Greendale 3.56% 14,293
42 Wisconsin Rapids 3.54% 17,905
43 Waukesha 3.32% 72,173
44 Mequon 3.2% 23,787
45 Mount Pleasant 3.18% 26,300
46 Howard 3.1% 19,121
47 Oshkosh 3.06% 66,649
48 De Pere 3.01% 24,695
49 Deforest 2.96% 9,663
50 Pleasant Prairie 2.86% 20,552
51 Kronenwetter 2.8% 7,534
52 Elm Grove 2.76% 6,127
53 West Allis 2.75% 60,546
54 Hales Corners 2.74% 7,704
55 Sussex 2.68% 10,763
56 Altoona 2.64% 7,350
57 Pewaukee 2.6% 14,112
58 Neenah 2.45% 25,821
59 Menasha 2.39% 17,945
60 Fond Du Lac 2.23% 42,910
61 Lake Geneva 2.11% 7,766
62 Whitewater 2.09% 14,762
63 Monona 2.05% 7,989
64 Delavan 2.02% 8,383
65 Edgerton 1.97% 5,496
66 Sparta 1.92% 9,621
67 Sturtevant 1.81% 6,977
68 Cedarburg 1.77% 11,499
69 River Falls 1.76% 15,256
70 Sheboygan Falls 1.63% 7,850
71 Waterford 1.59% 5,392
72 Waupun 1.58% 11,277
73 Rothschild 1.53% 5,292
74 Kimberly 1.52% 6,718
75 Ripon 1.49% 7,738
76 Janesville 1.47% 63,957
77 Hartland 1.45% 9,218
78 Chippewa Falls 1.44% 13,920
79 Superior 1.4% 26,473
80 Rice Lake 1.36% 8,302
81 Waunakee 1.33% 13,284
82 Richland Center 1.33% 5,053
83 Reedsburg 1.32% 9,480
84 Kenosha 1.3% 99,623
85 Hudson 1.27% 13,456
86 Beloit 1.23% 36,733
87 Elkhorn 1.17% 9,930
88 Baraboo 1.15% 12,080
89 Allouez 1.14% 13,898
90 Oconomowoc 1.12% 16,450
91 Racine 1.11% 77,740
92 West Bend 1.1% 31,656
93 Mcfarland 1.07% 8,235
94 Little Chute 1.03% 11,006
95 Sturgeon Bay 0.99% 8,917
96 Mukwonago 0.95% 7,644
97 Hartford 0.94% 14,552
98 Stoughton 0.93% 13,058
99 Waupaca 0.89% 5,942
100 Tomah 0.86% 9,347

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