Wisconsin Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 158,198 - at 2.7% 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?

Here are the cities in wisconsin with the largest Asian population in 2020:

  1. Wausau (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Sheboygan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Weston (Homes For Sale)
  4. Brookfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Madison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Onalaska (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Holmen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Cottage Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Appleton (Photos | 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 2020. 11.84% 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.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Wisconsin For 2020

Wausau, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 38,801
% Asian: 11.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,594
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.13%
More on Wausau: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Sheboygan, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 48,531
% Asian: 11.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,529
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.87%
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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 15,093
% Asian: 10.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,590
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.2%
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.

Brookfield, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 38,151
% Asian: 9.99%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,812
Percent Change Since 2010: 91.65%
More on Brookfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Madison, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 252,086
% Asian: 9.0%
# Of Asian Residents: 22,693
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.78%
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.

Onalaska, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,546
% Asian: 8.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,556
Percent Change Since 2010: 18.6%
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.

Holmen, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 9,909
% Asian: 8.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 822
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.38%
More on Holmen: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Holmen is a village in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 9,005 as of the census of 2010. It is part of the La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Cottage Grove, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,904
% Asian: 7.91%
# Of Asian Residents: 546
Percent Change Since 2010: 79.02%
More on Cottage Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Appleton, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 74,234
% Asian: 7.35%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,453
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.6%
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.

Oak Creek, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 35,843
% Asian: 6.5%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,330
Percent Change Since 2010: 73.49%
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.

How We Determined The Cities In wisconsin With The Largest Asian Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 11.8% 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 Milton was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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.

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 11.84% 38,801
2 Sheboygan 11.39% 48,531
3 Weston 10.53% 15,093
4 Brookfield 9.99% 38,151
5 Madison 9.0% 252,086
6 Onalaska 8.39% 18,546
7 Holmen 8.3% 9,909
8 Cottage Grove 7.91% 6,904
9 Appleton 7.35% 74,234
10 Oak Creek 6.5% 35,843
11 Franklin 6.25% 36,185
12 Menomonee Falls 6.08% 36,784
13 Whitefish Bay 6.07% 14,039
14 Manitowoc 6.02% 32,798
15 Sun Prairie 5.93% 32,757
16 Shorewood 5.39% 13,344
17 Glendale 5.33% 13,015
18 Greenfield 5.32% 37,083
19 Fitchburg 4.97% 28,722
20 Eau Claire 4.94% 68,086
21 Menomonie 4.86% 16,312
22 Brown Deer 4.79% 12,039
23 Fox Point 4.67% 6,688
24 Stevens Point 4.66% 26,402
25 Ashwaubenon 4.66% 17,181
26 Middleton 4.54% 19,235
27 New Berlin 4.46% 39,774
28 Wisconsin Rapids 4.33% 17,842
29 Wauwatosa 4.27% 47,882
30 Milwaukee 4.23% 596,886
31 Plover 4.19% 12,686
32 Green Bay 4.19% 104,818
33 Mount Pleasant 4.11% 26,738
34 Hobart 4.06% 8,606
35 Grafton 3.96% 11,627
36 La Crosse 3.84% 51,866
37 Rothschild 3.83% 5,281
38 Altoona 3.8% 7,499
39 Howard 3.78% 19,396
40 Germa 3.77% 19,997
41 Deforest 3.75% 9,936
42 Pewaukee 3.72% 8,207
43 Bellevue 3.68% 15,515
44 Mequon 3.61% 23,984
45 Waukesha 3.48% 72,382
46 St. Francis 3.41% 9,509
47 Marshfield 3.36% 18,305
48 Pewaukee 3.33% 14,299
49 Oshkosh 3.17% 66,610
50 Elm Grove 3.14% 6,172
51 Edgerton 3.13% 5,522
52 Verona 2.93% 12,743
53 West Allis 2.75% 60,250
54 De Pere 2.57% 24,836
55 Whitewater 2.55% 14,766
56 Kimberly 2.48% 6,744
57 Greendale 2.45% 14,245
58 Pleasant Prairie 2.42% 20,722
59 Kronenwetter 2.4% 7,665
60 Hales Corners 2.4% 7,666
61 Platteville 2.39% 12,301
62 Sussex 2.34% 10,791
63 Delavan 2.15% 8,338
64 Richfield 2.13% 11,623
65 Lake Geneva 2.02% 7,815
66 Menasha 2.01% 18,075
67 Neenah 1.97% 25,886
68 Monona 1.92% 8,068
69 Waunakee 1.87% 13,522
70 Sparta 1.86% 9,656
71 Tomah 1.76% 9,349
72 Chippewa Falls 1.72% 14,017
73 Waupun 1.66% 11,296
74 Kenosha 1.62% 99,810
75 Cedarburg 1.62% 11,501
76 Janesville 1.6% 64,128
77 Fond Du Lac 1.59% 42,858
78 River Falls 1.51% 15,467
79 Sturtevant 1.51% 6,611
80 Richland Center 1.5% 5,050
81 Ripon 1.49% 7,777
82 Sheboygan Falls 1.46% 7,878
83 Superior 1.44% 26,346
84 Rice Lake 1.43% 8,324
85 Little Chute 1.32% 11,225
86 Baraboo 1.17% 12,093
87 Beloit 1.15% 36,813
88 Mcfarland 1.06% 8,492
89 Sturgeon Bay 0.99% 8,907
90 Two Rivers 0.97% 11,219
91 Hartford 0.93% 14,761
92 Racine 0.93% 77,576
93 Elkhorn 0.93% 9,907
94 Hartland 0.87% 9,260
95 Mukwonago 0.87% 7,833
96 Fort Atkinson 0.84% 12,429
97 West Bend 0.8% 31,649
98 Caledonia 0.79% 24,875
99 South Milwaukee 0.75% 21,089
100 Muskego 0.75% 24,868

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