The 10 California Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in California 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 California is 5,610,931 - at 14.3% of the total population of California.

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

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

  1. Cupertino
  2. Milpitas
  3. Monterey Park
  4. Walnut
  5. Temple City
  6. Rosemead
  7. Arcadia
  8. San Gabriel
  9. San Marino
  10. Fremont

Which city in California had the largest Asian population? Cupertino took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in California for 2021. 67.35% of Cupertino identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In California For 2021

Cupertino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 60,257
% Asian: 67.35%
# Of Asian Residents: 40,586
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.59%
More on Cupertino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milpitas, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 79,517
% Asian: 66.66%
# Of Asian Residents: 53,006
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.63%
More on Milpitas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Monterey Park, CA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 60,439
% Asian: 65.27%
# Of Asian Residents: 39,451
Percent Change Since 2010: 0.05%
More on Monterey Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Walnut, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 29,903
% Asian: 62.55%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,703
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.11%
More on Walnut: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 36,042
% Asian: 62.39%
# Of Asian Residents: 22,487
Percent Change Since 2010: 12.8%
More on Temple City: Real Estate | Data

Rosemead, CA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 54,282
% Asian: 61.62%
# Of Asian Residents: 33,449
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.6%
More on Rosemead: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Arcadia, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 58,152
% Asian: 61.45%
# Of Asian Residents: 35,736
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.82%
More on Arcadia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Gabriel, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 40,143
% Asian: 61.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 24,653
Percent Change Since 2010: 6.19%
More on San Gabriel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

San Marino, CA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,194
% Asian: 60.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,979
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.55%
More on San Marino: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fremont, CA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 235,740
% Asian: 59.21%
# Of Asian Residents: 139,584
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.04%
More on Fremont: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In California 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 California.

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 421 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 67.4% 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. Cupertino took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Holtville was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Holtville
  2. Huron
  3. Orange Cove

For more California reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In California

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Cupertino 67.35% 60,257
2 Milpitas 66.66% 79,517
3 Monterey Park 65.27% 60,439
4 Walnut 62.55% 29,903
5 Temple City 62.39% 36,042
6 Rosemead 61.62% 54,282
7 Arcadia 61.45% 58,152
8 San Gabriel 61.41% 40,143
9 San Marino 60.47% 13,194
10 Fremont 59.21% 235,740
11 Cerritos 58.86% 50,143
12 Diamond Bar 58.16% 56,211
13 Daly City 57.29% 106,677
14 Union City 53.08% 74,722
15 Alhambra 50.89% 84,647
16 Millbrae 48.81% 22,625
17 Dublin 48.44% 61,240
18 Westminster 48.14% 91,137
19 Saratoga 47.66% 30,697
20 Foster City 47.54% 33,997
21 Sunnyvale 46.53% 152,770
22 San Ramon 46.45% 75,648
23 La Palma 46.42% 15,604
24 Hercules 44.47% 25,616
25 Santa Clara 43.1% 127,721
26 Irvine 42.9% 273,157
27 Garden Grove 41.07% 173,258
28 South San Francisco 40.17% 67,408
29 American Canyon 36.23% 20,261
30 Artesia 36.04% 16,758
31 San Jose 35.7% 1,027,690
32 Torrance 35.55% 145,492
33 Fountain Valley 35.5% 56,026
34 Cypress 34.92% 48,893
35 Chino Hills 34.87% 80,701
36 San Leandro 34.52% 90,025
37 Pleasanton 34.15% 81,717
38 San Francisco 34.07% 874,961
39 Newark 33.04% 47,171
40 Palo Alto 32.39% 66,573
41 Los Altos Hills 32.08% 8,505
42 Buena Park 32.05% 82,489
43 Mountain View 31.71% 81,656
44 Hillsborough 31.49% 11,447
45 Los Altos 31.43% 30,504
46 Rancho Palos Verdes 31.11% 42,030
47 San Bruno 30.83% 43,083
48 South Pasadena 30.32% 25,661
49 El Cerrito 30.29% 25,398
50 Alameda 29.92% 78,522
51 Stanton 29.29% 38,377
52 Albany 29.06% 19,804
53 Rolling Hills Estates 28.76% 8,169
54 El Monte 28.66% 115,517
55 West Covina 28.64% 106,589
56 Emeryville 28.47% 11,899
57 Elk Grove 28.39% 170,825
58 Belmont 27.37% 27,097
59 Pinole 27.15% 19,279
60 Burlingame 27.12% 30,576
61 Hayward 27.05% 159,293
62 Lathrop 26.31% 22,341
63 Carson 26.26% 92,079
64 Signal Hill 24.89% 11,512
65 Gardena 24.65% 59,709
66 Loma Linda 24.32% 24,184
67 Fullerton 24.12% 139,611
68 San Mateo 23.79% 104,333
69 Vallejo 23.2% 121,267
70 Palos Verdes Estates 22.95% 13,434
71 Davis 22.68% 68,543
72 Tustin 22.25% 79,863
73 Brea 21.68% 42,678
74 La Mirada 21.46% 48,764
75 Livingston 21.32% 14,228
76 Stockton 20.98% 309,228
77 Berkeley 20.84% 121,485
78 Campbell 20.71% 42,221
79 Atherton 20.69% 7,168
80 Yorba Linda 20.56% 67,725
81 Pacifica 19.77% 38,984
82 Laguna Woods 19.74% 16,053
83 Suisun City 19.62% 29,488
84 Yuba City 19.26% 66,516
85 Baldwin Park 19.19% 75,892
86 Lakewood 18.66% 80,292
87 Sacramento 18.59% 500,930
88 Lake Forest 18.52% 83,974
89 National City 18.29% 61,121
90 Piedmont 17.85% 11,317
91 Villa Park 17.42% 5,861
92 San Pablo 17.15% 30,967
93 Duarte 17.12% 21,559
94 La Habra Heights 16.9% 6,574
95 Folsom 16.89% 78,159
96 Pasadena 16.86% 141,258
97 Placentia 16.85% 51,818
98 Anaheim 16.58% 349,964
99 Fairfield 16.5% 115,282
100 San Diego 16.42% 1,409,573

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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