The 10 Alaska Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking 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 44,917 - at 6.1% 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 2021:

  1. Kodiak
  2. Ketchikan
  3. Anchorage
  4. Sitka
  5. Juneau
  6. Fairbanks
  7. Wasilla
  8. Bethel
  9. Kenai
  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 2021. 41.23% 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 2021

Kodiak, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,022
% Asian: 41.23%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,483
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.33%
More on Kodiak: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ketchikan, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,228
% Asian: 12.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,025
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.18%
More on Ketchikan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Anchorage, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 293,531
% Asian: 9.43%
# Of Asian Residents: 27,683
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.79%
More on Anchorage: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sitka, AK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,640
% Asian: 6.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 575
Percent Change Since 2010: 54.57%
More on Sitka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Juneau, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 32,227
% Asian: 6.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,079
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.86%
More on Juneau: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fairbanks, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 31,551
% Asian: 4.3%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,358
Percent Change Since 2010: 72.99%
More on Fairbanks: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wasilla, AK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,071
% Asian: 3.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 343
Percent Change Since 2010: 148.55%
More on Wasilla: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bethel, AK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,472
% Asian: 2.92%
# Of Asian Residents: 189
Percent Change Since 2010: 75.0%
More on Bethel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kenai, AK

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,742
% Asian: 2.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 210
Percent Change Since 2010: 262.07%
More on Kenai: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Palmer, AK

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,131
% Asian: 1.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 85
Percent Change Since 2010: -2.3%
More on Palmer: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Alaska With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 6,000 people. That left us with 10 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 41.2% to 1.2%.

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.

There You Have It - 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. Kenai
  3. Bethel

For more Alaska reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Alaska

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Kodiak 41.23% 6,022
2 Ketchikan 12.46% 8,228
3 Anchorage 9.43% 293,531
4 Sitka 6.66% 8,640
5 Juneau 6.45% 32,227
6 Fairbanks 4.3% 31,551
7 Wasilla 3.41% 10,071
8 Bethel 2.92% 6,472
9 Kenai 2.71% 7,742
10 Palmer 1.19% 7,131

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