The 10 Massachusetts Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2022


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

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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 Massachusetts is 462,831 - at 6.7% of the total population of Massachusetts.

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

Here are the cities in Massachusetts with the largest Asian population in 2022:

  1. Quincy
  2. Malden
  3. Lowell
  4. Braintree Town
  5. Cambridge
  6. Newton
  7. Watertown Town
  8. Waltham
  9. Medford
  10. Woburn

Which city in Massachusetts had the largest Asian population? Quincy took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Massachusetts for 2022. 29.69% of Quincy identify as Asian.

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

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

The 10 Most Asian Cities In Massachusetts For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 94,389
% Asian: 29.69%
# Of Asian Residents: 28,023
Percent Change Since 2010: 36.66%
More on Quincy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Quincy, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 60,710
% Asian: 25.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,429
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.95%
More on Malden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Malden, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 111,311
% Asian: 20.87%
# Of Asian Residents: 23,228
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.59%
More on Lowell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lowell, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,196
% Asian: 18.25%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,788
Percent Change Since 2010: 178.88%
More on Braintree Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Braintree Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 117,822
% Asian: 17.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 20,587
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.87%
More on Cambridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cambridge, MA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 88,322
% Asian: 15.08%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,320
Percent Change Since 2010: 46.97%
More on Newton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 35,749
% Asian: 12.2%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,363
Percent Change Since 2010: 115.99%
More on Watertown Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Watertown Town, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 62,597
% Asian: 11.76%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,361
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.28%
More on Waltham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waltham, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 58,290
% Asian: 11.27%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,572
Percent Change Since 2010: 63.65%
More on Medford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Medford, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 40,297
% Asian: 10.13%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,081
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.33%
More on Woburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Woburn, MA

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Massachusetts With The Largest Asian Population For 2022

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 Massachusetts.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2016-2020 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 12,000 people. That left us with 52 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 29.7% to 0.3%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Asian population with a higher score being more Asian than a lower score. Quincy took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Southbridge Town was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Massachusetts 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.

Summary: Asian Populations Across Massachusetts

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

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

  1. Southbridge Town
  2. Holyoke
  3. Barnstable Town

For more Massachusetts reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In Massachusetts

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Quincy 29.69% 94,389
2 Malden 25.41% 60,710
3 Lowell 20.87% 111,311
4 Braintree Town 18.25% 37,196
5 Cambridge 17.47% 117,822
6 Newton 15.08% 88,322
7 Watertown Town 12.2% 35,749
8 Waltham 11.76% 62,597
9 Medford 11.27% 58,290
10 Woburn 10.13% 40,297
11 Somerville 9.81% 81,175
12 Boston 9.73% 689,326
13 Melrose 9.25% 28,054
14 Everett 7.82% 46,275
15 Worcester 7.2% 185,186
16 Weymouth Town 6.12% 57,213
17 Lynn 6.01% 94,201
18 Franklin Town 5.92% 33,644
19 Marlborough 5.32% 39,663
20 West Springfield Town 5.12% 28,527
21 Methuen Town 4.67% 50,518
22 Attleboro 4.0% 45,023
23 Revere 3.73% 53,400
24 Chelsea 3.69% 39,878
25 Northampton 3.29% 28,552
26 North Adams 3.21% 12,897
27 Gardner 3.16% 20,605
28 Springfield 2.82% 153,677
29 Leominster 2.8% 41,581
30 Westfield 2.64% 41,303
31 Fall River 2.62% 89,618
32 Salem 2.61% 43,350
33 Beverly 2.28% 42,062
34 Fitchburg 2.08% 40,576
35 Lawrence 2.08% 80,022
36 Agawam Town 2.05% 28,627
37 Chicopee 1.99% 55,186
38 Gloucester 1.91% 30,291
39 Taunton 1.79% 57,327
40 Palmer Town 1.74% 12,236
41 Newburyport 1.73% 18,197
42 Brockton 1.7% 95,740
43 Pittsfield 1.69% 42,514
44 New Bedford 1.61% 95,355
45 Haverhill 1.32% 63,783
46 Peabody 1.27% 53,004
47 Amesbury Town 1.1% 17,474
48 Easthampton Town 1.07% 15,930
49 Winthrop Town 0.75% 18,558
50 Barnstable Town 0.66% 44,497
51 Holyoke 0.56% 40,161
52 Southbridge Town 0.33% 16,865

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Massachusetts with the largest Asian population.

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