The 10 Most Asian Cities In America For 2022


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

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San Francisco.

Los Angeles.

These are just two of the cities I think about when I consider large cities with bustling Asian populations.

Not to mention some of the best Thai and Japanese food we've had in our life.

But what city in America has the largest percent of Asian Americans? Well, that's the question we will answer for you today.

It turns out my intuition was correct as San Francisco makes an appearance in the top ten. And a majority of the top ten are in California.

But the number one spot was a surprise to us.

So, what's the big city in America with largest percentage of Asians according to the data? Per the most recent ACS data, the city in America with the largest Asian population is Fremont, .

There has been a slow and steady increase in the Asian population across America over the past several decades.

Starting on the coasts and moving inland, Asian Americans have found homes in every city and town in America. Now, according to the most recent Census data, % of people living in the US are Asian, which is up from 2010.

Read on for a detailed methodology and a deeper dive into the top ten.

Or if you're ready to move on to another ranking of American cities and states, check out:

The 10 Cities In America With The Largest Asian Population For 2022

Fremont ranks as the city with the largest percentage of its population that is Asian according to the most recent Census data.

With over 57% of the population being of Asian descent, Fremont was a solid four percentage points ahead of the closest city in Honolulu. Futhermore, it's become more Asian over the past several years -- 24% more in fact.

Fremont is located outside of San Jose and San Francisco, across the Bay.

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Population: 234,829
Percent Asian American: 60.9%
Percent Asian American 2010: 49.0%
Percent Change: 39.3%
More on Fremont:  Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Fremont, CA

The second most Asian city in America is Honolulu -- the only other big city in the US that has greater than 50% Asian population.

Honolulu is incredibly diverse overall as a large percentage of its residents also identify as Hawaiian, which makes sense. It also makes sense that it would have such a large portion of its residents be Asian since it's so close to Asia.

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Population: 347,181
Percent Asian American: 52.2%
Percent Asian American 2010: 56.1%
Percent Change: -2.2%
More on Urban Honolulu:  Data

Urban Honolulu, HI

Another Nor Cal city in the Silicon Valley area, Sunnyvale ranks as the third most Asian city in America.

The city has become 25% more Asian this decade and now a solid 44% of the residents are Asian.

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Population: 152,569
Percent Asian American: 48.1%
Percent Asian American 2010: 39.8%
Percent Change: 35.2%
More on Sunnyvale:  Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Sunnyvale, CA

Jumping back up to Nor Cal, we arrive in Santa Clara. In keep with the trend of these cities, it's about 41% Asian and becoming more so every year.

Santa Clara is located south of San Jose on the California coast.

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Population: 126,723
Percent Asian American: 44.6%
Percent Asian American 2010: 37.3%
Percent Change: 34.8%
More on Santa Clara:  Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Santa Clara, CA

The first city from So Cal, Irvine ranks as the city with the fourth highest Asian population.

Over 40% of the population is Asian in this Los Angeles suburb. Filipino and Korean communities in particular have been growing in recent years.

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Population: 272,694
Percent Asian American: 43.4%
Percent Asian American 2010: 37.8%
Percent Change: 57.2%
More on Irvine:  Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Irvine, CA

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Hopping on the 5 back down to So Cal, we'll stop at Garden Grove.

The city is the first under 40% Asian on the list. It too has become more Asian this decade, just a bit slower than the cities ahead of it.

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Population: 172,800
Percent Asian American: 41.8%
Percent Asian American 2010: 35.7%
Percent Change: 19.8%
More on Garden Grove:  Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Garden Grove, CA

Rounding out the top 10 most Asian cities in the US is Bellevue, WA.

Yet another West Coast city, it's nice not to be in California any more. Further up the coast, this major Washington city has just over 33% Asian residents.

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Population: 146,145
Percent Asian American: 37.4%
Percent Asian American 2010: 25.8%
Percent Change: 77.4%
More on Bellevue:  Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Bellevue, WA

Right outside of Garden Grove is Torrance, the ninth most Asian city in America.

Much like every other city here, Torrance is a great place to live that has become progressively more Asian over the years.

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Population: 144,430
Percent Asian American: 37.4%
Percent Asian American 2010: 34.6%
Percent Change: 8.4%
More on Torrance:  Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

Torrance, CA

Source: Public domain

Next on the list we drive back up to Nor Cal for the next two cities on the list that just so happen to be some of the biggest in California.

First, we'll stop in San Jose. The city is over 34% Asian and increasing.

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Population: 1,029,409
Percent Asian American: 36.9%
Percent Asian American 2010: 31.6%
Percent Change: 30.1%
More on San Jose:  Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

San Jose, CA

Ahh San Francisco, we figured you'd be here.

Turns out San Francisco is pretty Asian, but not the most Asian according to the data. About a third of the city is Asian per the most recent data.

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Population: 874,784
Percent Asian American: 34.0%
Percent Asian American 2010: 33.4%
Percent Change: 12.9%
More on San Francisco:  Data | Crime | Cost Of Living

San Francisco, CA

Methodology: How We Determined The Most Asian Large Cities in The US

When we analyze what it's like to live in a certain place, we simply look at statistics. In particular, we can look to the recently released 2016-2020 American Community Survey for a detailed breakdown of race by city.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002 which has the breakdown of people by Hispanic/latino and race.

Limiting our analysis to only cities greater than 100,000 people, we looked at the percentage of the population of each city that identified as non-Hispanic/latino, Asian.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 272 in terms of that percentage with the city having the highest overall percentage being named the "City In America with the Largest Asian American population" -- Fremont, . You can download the data here.

The "least Asian American" city according to the data? That would be Jackson, < which is only 0.3% Asian American as of the latest data.

Summary: The Most Asian Cities in America For 2022

There you have it, the cities in America with the largest Asian population for 2022 with Fremont taking the top spot.

We expect the Asian population in America to keep increasing in the coming years. So it won’t be a surprise to you or us if these percentages get bigger next year.

And for now, we're off to get some Chinese food for dinner. Yum.

Here's a look at the poorest cities in America:

  1. Jackson
  2. Laredo
  3. Hialeah

For more reading, check out:

Asian Population By Major City In The United States For 2022

Rank City Population Percent Asian
1 Fremont, CA 234,829 60.9%
2 Urban Honolulu, HI 347,181 52.2%
3 Sunnyvale, CA 152,569 48.1%
4 Santa Clara, CA 126,723 44.6%
5 Irvine, CA 272,694 43.4%
6 Garden Grove, CA 172,800 41.8%
7 Bellevue, WA 146,145 37.4%
8 Torrance, CA 144,430 37.4%
9 San Jose, CA 1,029,409 36.9%
10 San Francisco, CA 874,784 34.0%
11 El Monte, CA 113,917 30.5%
12 West Covina, CA 105,808 29.2%
13 Elk Grove, CA 173,370 28.5%
14 Hayward, CA 158,817 27.6%
15 Jersey City, NJ 262,652 25.8%
16 Vallejo, CA 121,275 23.7%
17 Fullerton, CA 141,061 23.7%
18 Frisco, TX 188,387 22.4%
19 Plano, TX 288,870 21.7%
20 Lowell, MA 111,311 20.9%
21 Berkeley, CA 123,065 20.7%
22 Irving, TX 240,475 20.5%
23 Stockton, CA 311,103 20.5%
24 Naperville, IL 147,734 20.4%
25 Cary, NC 169,177 19.8%
26 St. Paul, MN 305,877 19.1%
27 Sacramento, CA 503,482 18.9%
28 Spring Valley, NV 218,697 18.1%
29 Pasadena, CA 142,017 17.9%
30 Cambridge, MA 117,822 17.5%
31 Ann Arbor, MI 121,093 17.3%
32 Anaheim, CA 353,085 17.1%
33 San Diego, CA 1,414,545 16.9%
34 Seattle, WA 741,251 16.2%
35 Fairfield, CA 116,544 15.8%
36 Oakland, CA 422,575 15.6%
37 Carrollton, TX 137,319 15.1%
38 Richmond, CA 110,051 14.7%
39 Chula Vista, CA 268,779 14.7%
40 New York, NY 8,379,552 14.1%
41 Fresno, CA 526,147 14.0%
42 Glendale, CA 199,357 14.0%
43 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 178,060 13.8%
44 Norwalk, CA 104,524 13.0%
45 Huntington Beach, CA 199,778 12.7%
46 Concord, CA 129,227 12.5%
47 Long Beach, CA 462,081 12.5%
48 Orange, CA 139,322 12.5%
49 Santa Ana, CA 332,610 12.0%
50 Burbank, CA 103,411 11.8%
51 Simi Valley, CA 125,768 11.7%
52 Los Angeles, CA 3,973,278 11.6%
53 Roseville, CA 138,860 11.5%
54 Paradise, NV 193,150 11.4%
55 Garland, TX 238,622 10.9%
56 Chandler, AZ 257,076 10.8%
57 Santa Clarita, CA 212,519 10.5%
58 Pomona, CA 151,124 10.4%
59 Corona, CA 168,112 10.3%
60 Arlington, VA 236,434 10.3%
61 Warren, MI 134,188 9.7%
62 Boston, MA 689,326 9.7%
63 Everett, WA 110,840 9.4%
64 Anchorage, AK 292,090 9.4%
65 Thousand Oaks, CA 127,648 9.4%
66 Mckinney, TX 191,197 9.2%
67 Aurora, IL 199,326 9.2%
68 Madison, WI 258,366 9.1%
69 Tempe, AZ 191,607 9.0%
70 Costa Mesa, CA 112,958 8.8%
71 Stamford, CT 130,057 8.6%
72 Overland Park, KS 193,412 8.6%
73 Tacoma, WA 215,766 8.6%
74 Portland, OR 650,380 8.6%
75 Henderson, NV 309,955 8.5%
76 Riverside, CA 327,569 8.4%
77 Austin, TX 965,872 7.6%
78 Sterling Heights, MI 132,296 7.6%
79 Modesto, CA 214,485 7.5%
80 Philadelphia, PA 1,581,531 7.4%
81 Rochester, MN 117,134 7.4%
82 Worcester, MA 185,186 7.2%
83 High Point, NC 112,434 7.2%
84 Bakersfield, CA 379,879 7.1%
85 Oceanside, CA 175,694 7.0%
86 Virginia Beach, VA 450,882 7.0%
87 Reno, NV 250,903 6.9%
88 Downey, CA 111,263 6.9%
89 Syracuse, NY 142,553 6.9%
90 Grand Prairie, TX 193,835 6.8%
91 Houston, TX 2,313,238 6.8%
92 Chicago, IL 2,699,347 6.8%
93 Aurora, CO 379,434 6.7%
94 Gainesville, FL 133,611 6.7%
95 Alexandria, VA 158,309 6.6%
96 Charlotte, NC 873,570 6.6%
97 Las Vegas, NV 644,594 6.6%
98 Oxnard, CA 207,722 6.6%
99 Arlington, TX 397,269 6.6%
100 North Las Vegas, NV 247,248 6.6%

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About Chris Kolmar

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