The 10 Idaho Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Idaho 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 Idaho is 23,061 - at 1.3% of the total population of Idaho.

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

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

  1. Moscow
  2. Mountain Home
  3. Meridian
  4. Boise City
  5. Twin Falls
  6. Eagle
  7. Pocatello
  8. Rexburg
  9. Chubbuck
  10. Blackfoot

Which city in Idaho had the largest Asian population? Moscow took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Idaho for 2021. 3.21% of Moscow identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Idaho For 2021

Moscow, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,319
% Asian: 3.21%
# Of Asian Residents: 812
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.07%
More on Moscow: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mountain Home, ID

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,166
% Asian: 3.17%
# Of Asian Residents: 449
Percent Change Since 2010: 115.87%
More on Mountain Home: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Meridian, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 101,905
% Asian: 3.14%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,197
Percent Change Since 2010: 142.38%
More on Meridian: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Boise City, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 226,115
% Asian: 2.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,359
Percent Change Since 2010: -1.03%
More on Boise City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Twin Falls, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 48,951
% Asian: 2.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,269
Percent Change Since 2010: 121.47%
More on Twin Falls: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Eagle, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 26,514
% Asian: 2.17%
# Of Asian Residents: 576
Percent Change Since 2010: 114.13%
More on Eagle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pocatello, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 55,525
% Asian: 2.09%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,158
Percent Change Since 2010: 76.52%
More on Pocatello: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rexburg, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 28,414
% Asian: 2.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 591
Percent Change Since 2010: 129.96%
More on Rexburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chubbuck, ID

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 14,995
% Asian: 1.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 269
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.95%
More on Chubbuck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Blackfoot, ID

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,907
% Asian: 1.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 174
Percent Change Since 2010: -27.8%
More on Blackfoot: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Idaho 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 Idaho.

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 32 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 3.2% 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. Moscow took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Rupert was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Rupert
  2. Preston
  3. Payette

For more Idaho reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Idaho

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Moscow 3.21% 25,319
2 Mountain Home 3.17% 14,166
3 Meridian 3.14% 101,905
4 Boise City 2.81% 226,115
5 Twin Falls 2.59% 48,951
6 Eagle 2.17% 26,514
7 Pocatello 2.09% 55,525
8 Rexburg 2.08% 28,414
9 Chubbuck 1.79% 14,995
10 Blackfoot 1.46% 11,907
11 Idaho Falls 1.35% 61,459
12 Coeur D'alene 1.2% 50,540
13 Hayden 1.07% 14,698
14 Sandpoint 1.01% 8,386
15 Burley 1.0% 10,313
16 Caldwell 0.98% 54,887
17 Nampa 0.94% 93,952
18 Post Falls 0.81% 33,225
19 Lewiston 0.77% 32,664
20 Ammon 0.74% 15,859
21 Rathdrum 0.72% 8,284
22 Garden City 0.63% 11,819
23 Jerome 0.59% 11,653
24 Star 0.57% 9,115
25 Middleton 0.57% 7,556
26 Kuna 0.46% 19,580
27 Hailey 0.38% 8,408
28 Emmett 0.15% 6,770
29 Weiser 0.11% 5,323
30 Payette 0.0% 7,487
31 Preston 0.0% 5,376
32 Rupert 0.0% 5,796

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About Chris Kolmar

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