The 10 Alaska Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2023

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

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 Alaska is 46,455 - at 6.3% of the total population of Alaska.

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 Alaska? Which cities and towns in Alaska have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?

Here are the cities in Alaska with the largest Asian population in 2023:

  1. Kodiak
  2. Ketchikan
  3. Anchorage
  4. Sitka
  5. Juneau
  6. Fairbanks
  7. Bethel
  8. Kenai
  9. Wasilla
  10. Palmer

Which city in Alaska had the largest Asian population? Kodiak took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Alaska for 2023. 45.07% of Kodiak identify as Asian.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Alaska 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 Alaska or the most diverse places in Alaska.

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Alaska For 2023

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Population: 5,682
% Asian: 45.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,561
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.58%
More on Kodiak: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kodiak, AK

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Population: 8,150
% Asian: 13.15%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,072
Percent Change Since 2010: 58.11%
More on Ketchikan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ketchikan, AK

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Population: 292,545
% Asian: 9.49%
# Of Asian Residents: 27,758
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.16%
More on Anchorage: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Anchorage, AK

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Population: 8,518
% Asian: 7.27%
# Of Asian Residents: 619
Percent Change Since 2010: 66.4%
More on Sitka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sitka, AK

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Population: 32,240
% Asian: 6.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,104
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.22%
More on Juneau: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Juneau, AK

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Population: 33,018
% Asian: 4.1%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,355
Percent Change Since 2010: 72.61%
More on Fairbanks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairbanks, AK

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Population: 6,273
% Asian: 3.86%
# Of Asian Residents: 242
Percent Change Since 2010: 124.07%
More on Bethel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bethel, AK

Source: Public domain
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Population: 7,452
% Asian: 3.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 285
Percent Change Since 2010: 391.38%
More on Kenai: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kenai, AK

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Population: 9,098
% Asian: 3.75%
# Of Asian Residents: 341
Percent Change Since 2010: 147.1%
More on Wasilla: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wasilla, AK

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Population: 5,978
% Asian: 1.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 78
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.34%
More on Palmer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palmer, AK

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Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Alaska 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 Alaska.

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*
* 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 10 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 45.1% to 1.3%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Kodiak took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Palmer was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Alaska 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 Alaska

If you're looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Alaska according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Alaska:

  1. Palmer
  2. Wasilla
  3. Kenai

For more Alaska reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In Alaska

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Kodiak 45.07% 5,682
2 Ketchikan 13.15% 8,150
3 Anchorage 9.49% 292,545
4 Sitka 7.27% 8,518
5 Juneau 6.53% 32,240
6 Fairbanks 4.1% 33,018
7 Bethel 3.86% 6,273
8 Kenai 3.82% 7,452
9 Wasilla 3.75% 9,098
10 Palmer 1.3% 5,978

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the cities in Alaska with the largest Asian population.
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