The 10 Maine Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021

We used data and science to determine the cities in Maine 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 Maine 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 Maine is 14,946 - at 1.1% of the total population of Maine.

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

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

  1. Portland
  2. Biddeford
  3. Waterville
  4. Bangor
  5. Westbrook
  6. South Portland
  7. Ellsworth
  8. Augusta
  9. Presque Isle
  10. Auburn

Which city in Maine had the largest Asian population? Portland took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Maine for 2021. 3.47% of Portland identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Maine For 2021

Portland, ME

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Population: 66,595
% Asian: 3.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,309
Percent Change Since 2010: -12.14%
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Biddeford, ME

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Population: 21,462
% Asian: 3.32%
# Of Asian Residents: 713
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.21%
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Waterville, ME

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Population: 16,577
% Asian: 2.56%
# Of Asian Residents: 424
Percent Change Since 2010: 87.61%
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Bangor, ME

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Population: 32,095
% Asian: 2.49%
# Of Asian Residents: 800
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.8%
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Westbrook, ME

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Population: 18,633
% Asian: 1.96%
# Of Asian Residents: 366
Percent Change Since 2010: 363.29%
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South Portland, ME

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Population: 25,548
% Asian: 1.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 420
Percent Change Since 2010: -47.04%
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Ellsworth, ME

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Population: 7,991
% Asian: 1.38%
# Of Asian Residents: 110
Percent Change Since 2010: 547.06%
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Augusta, ME

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Population: 18,605
% Asian: 1.31%
# Of Asian Residents: 244
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.54%
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Presque Isle, ME

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Population: 9,116
% Asian: 1.26%
# Of Asian Residents: 115
Percent Change Since 2010: 447.62%
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Auburn, ME

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Population: 23,187
% Asian: 1.22%
# Of Asian Residents: 282
Percent Change Since 2010: -8.44%
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How We Determined The Cities In Maine 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 Maine.

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 19 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 3.5% 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. Portland took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Bath was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

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

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

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

  1. Bath
  2. Belfast
  3. Brewer

For more Maine reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Maine

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Portland 3.47% 66,595
2 Biddeford 3.32% 21,462
3 Waterville 2.56% 16,577
4 Bangor 2.49% 32,095
5 Westbrook 1.96% 18,633
6 South Portland 1.64% 25,548
7 Ellsworth 1.38% 7,991
8 Augusta 1.31% 18,605
9 Presque Isle 1.26% 9,116
10 Auburn 1.22% 23,187
11 Lewiston 1.11% 36,095
12 Rockland 1.1% 7,178
13 Old Town 1.0% 7,474
14 Saco 0.67% 19,497
15 Caribou 0.12% 7,710
16 Gardiner 0.11% 5,657
17 Brewer 0.01% 9,090
18 Belfast 0.0% 6,688
19 Bath 0.0% 8,319

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