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:
- Wausau (Photos | Jobs)
- Sheboygan (Photos | Jobs)
- Cottage Grove (Photos | Jobs)
- Onalaska (Photos | Jobs)
- Weston (Jobs)
- Madison (Photos | Jobs)
- Oak Creek (Photos | Jobs)
- Brookfield (Photos | Jobs)
- Franklin (Jobs)
- 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.
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*
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
- Prairie du Chien
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