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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 Alabama is 69,331 - at 1.4% of the total population of Alabama.
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 Alabama? Which cities and towns in Alabama have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
Here are the cities in Alabama with the largest Asian population in 2023:
Which city in Alabama had the largest Asian population? Auburn took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Alabama for 2023. 8.46% of Auburn identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Alabama 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 Alabama or the most diverse places in Alabama.
The 10 Most Asian Cities In Alabama For 2023
% Asian: 8.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,312
Percent Change Since 2010: 134.21%
More on Auburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 6.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,661
Percent Change Since 2010: 54.93%
More on Madison: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 6.42%
# Of Asian Residents: 590
Percent Change Since 2010: 1538.89%
More on Pike Road: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 5.54%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,064
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.47%
More on Hoover: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 4.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,780
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.15%
More on Vestavia Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 3.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 255
Percent Change Since 2010: 80.85%
More on Greenville: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 3.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,625
Percent Change Since 2010: 60.65%
More on Montgomery: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 3.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 871
Percent Change Since 2010: 427.88%
More on Daphne: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 3.17%
# Of Asian Residents: 563
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.75%
More on Troy: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 3.15%
# Of Asian Residents: 306
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Fultondale: Real Estate | Data
Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Alabama With The Largest Asian Population For 2023
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 Alabama.
That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2017-2021 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 101 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 8.5% 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. Auburn took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Lanett was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Alabama 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.
Summary: Asian Populations Across Alabama
If you're looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Alabama according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Alabama:
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Table: Asian Population By City In Alabama