The 10 Arizona Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


We used data and science to determine the cities in Arizona 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 Arizona 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 Arizona is 226,597 - at 3.2% of the total population of Arizona.

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

Here are the cities in Arizona with the largest Asian population in 2021:

  1. Chandler
  2. Tempe
  3. Gilbert
  4. Marana
  5. Scottsdale
  6. Paradise Valley
  7. Goodyear
  8. Sierra Vista
  9. Glendale
  10. Peoria

Which city in Arizona had the largest Asian population? Chandler took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Arizona for 2021. 10.65% of Chandler identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Arizona For 2021

Chandler, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 252,692
% Asian: 10.65%
# Of Asian Residents: 26,915
Percent Change Since 2010: 53.92%
More on Chandler: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tempe, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 187,454
% Asian: 8.93%
# Of Asian Residents: 16,746
Percent Change Since 2010: 54.13%
More on Tempe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Gilbert, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 243,254
% Asian: 5.6%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,618
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.87%
More on Gilbert: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marana, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 45,279
% Asian: 4.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,215
Percent Change Since 2010: 99.37%
More on Marana: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Scottsdale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 250,602
% Asian: 4.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,013
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.42%
More on Scottsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Paradise Valley, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 14,362
% Asian: 4.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 669
Percent Change Since 2010: 43.25%
More on Paradise Valley: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Goodyear, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 80,371
% Asian: 4.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,633
Percent Change Since 2010: 151.59%
More on Goodyear: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Sierra Vista, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 43,398
% Asian: 4.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,936
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.08%
More on Sierra Vista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glendale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 247,813
% Asian: 4.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 10,388
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.46%
More on Glendale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Peoria, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 168,196
% Asian: 4.12%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,931
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.11%
More on Peoria: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Arizona 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 Arizona.

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 5,000 people. That left us with 56 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 10.7% 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. Chandler took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Page was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Page
  2. Guadalupe
  3. Bisbee

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Arizona

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Chandler 10.65% 252,692
2 Tempe 8.93% 187,454
3 Gilbert 5.6% 243,254
4 Marana 4.89% 45,279
5 Scottsdale 4.79% 250,602
6 Paradise Valley 4.66% 14,362
7 Goodyear 4.52% 80,371
8 Sierra Vista 4.46% 43,398
9 Glendale 4.19% 247,813
10 Peoria 4.12% 168,196
11 Maricopa 4.03% 48,629
12 Phoenix 3.66% 1,633,017
13 Oro Valley 3.14% 44,630
14 Avondale 3.12% 84,736
15 Tucson 3.11% 541,482
16 Litchfield Park 3.03% 6,073
17 Queen Creek 3.01% 43,129
18 Flagstaff 3.01% 72,402
19 Surprise 2.67% 135,450
20 Fountain Hills 2.5% 24,729
21 Mesa 2.14% 499,720
22 Yuma 1.98% 96,349
23 Eloy 1.88% 18,666
24 Chino Valley 1.86% 11,670
25 El Mirage 1.61% 35,333
26 Payson 1.61% 15,545
27 Kingman 1.58% 29,726
28 Sahuarita 1.56% 29,905
29 Casa Grande 1.55% 55,653
30 Globe 1.51% 7,348
31 Nogales 1.5% 20,201
32 Sedona 1.44% 10,322
33 Holbrook 1.33% 5,037
34 Prescott 1.32% 42,785
35 Bullhead City 1.26% 40,252
36 Youn 1.25% 6,802
37 Prescott Valley 1.18% 44,311
38 Lake Havasu City 1.06% 54,495
39 Apache Junction 0.88% 40,592
40 Show Low 0.87% 11,130
41 Florence 0.54% 26,420
42 Wickenburg 0.29% 7,495
43 Cottonwood 0.23% 11,959
44 Camp Verde 0.18% 11,196
45 Winslow 0.15% 9,476
46 South Tucson 0.11% 5,667
47 Coolidge 0.03% 12,685
48 Safford 0.02% 9,749
49 Douglas 0.02% 16,307
50 San Luis 0.0% 32,985
51 Snowflake 0.0% 5,811
52 Somerton 0.0% 16,146
53 Tolleson 0.0% 7,246
54 Bisbee 0.0% 5,203
55 Guadalupe 0.0% 6,482
56 Page 0.0% 7,531

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