The 10 Illinois Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


We used data and science to determine the cities in Illinois 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 Illinois 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 Illinois is 692,370 - at 5.4% of the total population of Illinois.

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

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

  1. Oak Brook
  2. Morton Grove
  3. Lincolnwood
  4. Skokie
  5. Schaumburg
  6. Hoffman Estates
  7. Vernon Hills
  8. Glendale Heights
  9. Buffalo Grove
  10. Niles

Which city in Illinois had the largest Asian population? Oak Brook took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Illinois for 2021. 31.79% of Oak Brook identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Illinois For 2021

Oak Brook, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,075
% Asian: 31.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,567
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.25%
More on Oak Brook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,089
% Asian: 30.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,048
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.65%
More on Morton Grove: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 12,434
% Asian: 27.98%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,479
Percent Change Since 2010: 15.12%
More on Lincolnwood: Real Estate | Data

Skokie, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 63,821
% Asian: 27.4%
# Of Asian Residents: 17,486
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.73%
More on Skokie: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Schaumburg, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 74,194
% Asian: 25.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 18,767
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.07%
More on Schaumburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hoffman Estates, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 50,841
% Asian: 24.18%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,292
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.87%
More on Hoffman Estates: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 26,343
% Asian: 23.52%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,197
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.26%
More on Vernon Hills: Real Estate | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 34,079
% Asian: 21.53%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,337
Percent Change Since 2010: -10.05%
More on Glendale Heights: Real Estate | Data

Buffalo Grove, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 41,062
% Asian: 21.05%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,643
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.67%
More on Buffalo Grove: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Niles, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 29,451
% Asian: 19.82%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,837
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.52%
More on Niles: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Illinois 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 Illinois.

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 330 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 31.8% 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. Oak Brook took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Marseilles was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Marseilles
  2. Paris
  3. Hillsboro

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Illinois

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Oak Brook 31.79% 8,075
2 Morton Grove 30.53% 23,089
3 Lincolnwood 27.98% 12,434
4 Skokie 27.4% 63,821
5 Schaumburg 25.29% 74,194
6 Hoffman Estates 24.18% 50,841
7 Vernon Hills 23.52% 26,343
8 Glendale Heights 21.53% 34,079
9 Buffalo Grove 21.05% 41,062
10 Niles 19.82% 29,451
11 Savoy 19.18% 8,534
12 Naperville 19.11% 147,501
13 Carol Stream 18.98% 39,726
14 Urbana 18.93% 42,718
15 Wheeling 18.4% 38,499
16 Long Grove 18.03% 7,963
17 Hanover Park 17.73% 37,984
18 Burr Ridge 17.63% 10,763
19 Northbrook 17.09% 33,343
20 Bartlett 15.94% 41,120
21 Willowbrook 15.82% 8,673
22 Gilberts 15.15% 7,823
23 Lisle 14.94% 23,431
24 Lincolnshire 14.57% 7,572
25 Westmont 14.37% 24,931
26 Glenview 14.26% 47,416
27 Inverness 13.77% 7,633
28 Streamwood 13.76% 39,809
29 Bloomingdale 13.57% 22,027
30 Champaign 13.22% 87,636
31 Des Plaines 13.18% 58,673
32 Wilmette 12.75% 27,247
33 Round Lake 12.75% 18,349
34 Lombard 12.51% 43,998
35 Mundelein 12.24% 31,587
36 Mount Prospect 12.13% 54,604
37 Woodridge 12.0% 33,455
38 Darien 11.97% 21,884
39 Palatine 11.55% 68,407
40 Gurnee 11.46% 30,671
41 Bolingbrook 11.39% 74,431
42 Hawthorn Woods 11.13% 8,402
43 Hinsdale 10.87% 17,710
44 Harwood Heights 10.49% 8,487
45 Arlington Heights 10.14% 75,482
46 Elk Grove Village 9.6% 32,942
47 Addison 9.59% 36,896
48 Evanston 9.36% 74,587
49 West Dundee 9.31% 7,644
50 Lake Forest 8.82% 19,173
51 Wood Dale 8.81% 13,796
52 Aurora 8.79% 199,927
53 Rolling Meadows 8.69% 23,219
54 Prospect Heights 8.68% 16,137
55 Clarendon Hills 8.64% 8,716
56 Plainfield 8.53% 43,110
57 Lake Zurich 8.44% 19,915
58 Roselle 8.09% 22,754
59 West Chicago 8.05% 27,180
60 Bloomington 7.95% 78,015
61 Algonquin 7.74% 30,799
62 Carpentersville 7.59% 37,872
63 Itasca 7.47% 9,224
64 Northfield 7.01% 5,534
65 Grayslake 6.99% 20,720
66 Glen Ellyn 6.98% 27,855
67 Libertyville 6.84% 20,382
68 Chicago 6.54% 2,709,534
69 Romeoville 6.47% 39,666
70 Lake In The Hills 6.46% 28,759
71 Lake Bluff 6.45% 5,632
72 Wheaton 6.33% 53,270
73 South Elgin 6.31% 23,039
74 North Riverside 6.27% 6,646
75 Forest Park 6.05% 13,927
76 Peoria 5.97% 113,532
77 Elmhurst 5.96% 46,463
78 Huntley 5.91% 26,966
79 Orland Hills 5.89% 7,136
80 Bridgeview 5.86% 16,124
81 Park Ridge 5.85% 37,457
82 Carbondale 5.72% 25,597
83 Elgin 5.71% 112,653
84 Downers Grove 5.61% 49,470
85 Warrenville 5.53% 13,158
86 Schiller Park 5.35% 11,621
87 Roscoe 5.3% 10,757
88 Oak Forest 5.29% 27,617
89 North Chicago 5.28% 29,971
90 Sugar Grove 5.26% 9,689
91 Deerfield 5.25% 19,006
92 Norridge 5.22% 14,703
93 Barrington 5.19% 10,290
94 Glencoe 5.15% 8,888
95 Waukegan 5.03% 87,297
96 Tinley Park 4.87% 56,505
97 Lake Villa 4.85% 8,705
98 Oswego 4.79% 34,933
99 Orland Park 4.77% 58,749
100 Park City 4.73% 7,396

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