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

Wausau, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 39,138
% Asian: 12.85%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,029
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.61%
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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.

Sheboygan, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 48,813
% Asian: 10.73%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,238
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.14%
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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.

Cottage Grove, WI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 6,729
% Asian: 9.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 649
Percent Change Since 2010: 112.79%
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Onalaska, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

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

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,989
% Asian: 9.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,378
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.24%
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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.

Madison, WI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 246,034
% Asian: 8.51%
# Of Asian Residents: 20,929
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.83%
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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.

Oak Creek, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

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

Brookfield, WI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 37,991
% Asian: 6.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,594
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.42%
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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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 36,155
% Asian: 6.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,319
Percent Change Since 2010: 78.11%
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Altoona, WI

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,193
% Asian: 6.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 445
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
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Altoona 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

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

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