The 10 Massachusetts Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2021


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts is 449,793 - at 6.6% 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 2021:

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

Which city in Massachusetts had the largest Asian population? Quincy took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Massachusetts for 2021. 30.29% 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 2021

Quincy, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 94,207
% Asian: 30.29%
# Of Asian Residents: 28,532
Percent Change Since 2010: 39.15%
More on Quincy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lowell, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 111,306
% Asian: 22.97%
# Of Asian Residents: 25,568
Percent Change Since 2010: 22.83%
More on Lowell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Malden, MA

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 60,984
% Asian: 22.46%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,696
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.34%
More on Malden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cambridge, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 116,632
% Asian: 16.59%
# Of Asian Residents: 19,352
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.06%
More on Cambridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newton, MA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 88,593
% Asian: 14.84%
# Of Asian Residents: 13,151
Percent Change Since 2010: 45.11%
More on Newton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Braintree Town, MA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,220
% Asian: 13.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,149
Percent Change Since 2010: 111.54%
More on Braintree Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waltham, MA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 62,777
% Asian: 11.64%
# Of Asian Residents: 7,309
Percent Change Since 2010: 8.51%
More on Waltham: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Somerville, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 80,906
% Asian: 10.19%
# Of Asian Residents: 8,246
Percent Change Since 2010: 14.07%
More on Somerville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Watertown Town, MA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 35,401
% Asian: 9.88%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,497
Percent Change Since 2010: 73.12%
More on Watertown Town: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Medford, MA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 57,637
% Asian: 9.79%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,643
Percent Change Since 2010: 40.51%
More on Medford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts.

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 12,000 people. That left us with 53 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 30.3% to 0.4%.

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.

There You Have It - 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:

Detailed List Of The Most Asian Cities In Massachusetts

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Quincy 30.29% 94,207
2 Lowell 22.97% 111,306
3 Malden 22.46% 60,984
4 Cambridge 16.59% 116,632
5 Newton 14.84% 88,593
6 Braintree Town 13.83% 37,220
7 Waltham 11.64% 62,777
8 Somerville 10.19% 80,906
9 Watertown Town 9.88% 35,401
10 Medford 9.79% 57,637
11 Boston 9.59% 684,379
12 Woburn 8.82% 40,304
13 Everett 8.14% 46,118
14 Worcester 7.39% 185,143
15 Lynn 7.2% 93,743
16 Weymouth Town 6.75% 56,734
17 Melrose 6.18% 28,113
18 Franklin Town 5.76% 33,256
19 Marlborough 5.46% 39,736
20 Revere 4.83% 53,692
21 Attleboro 4.17% 44,789
22 Methuen Town 4.07% 50,282
23 West Springfield Town 4.05% 28,609
24 Chelsea 3.72% 39,992
25 Northampton 3.27% 28,516
26 Gardner 3.16% 20,610
27 Leominster 2.86% 41,606
28 Westfield 2.82% 41,449
29 Springfield 2.55% 154,139
30 Salem 2.51% 43,252
31 Chicopee 2.36% 55,421
32 Fitchburg 2.31% 40,702
33 Newburyport 2.24% 18,077
34 Beverly 2.1% 41,885
35 Pittsfield 2.01% 42,766
36 Brockton 1.97% 95,594
37 Palmer Town 1.96% 12,237
38 Gloucester 1.95% 30,162
39 Fall River 1.88% 89,388
40 Taunton 1.84% 57,124
41 Lawrence 1.65% 79,942
42 Agawam Town 1.57% 28,696
43 New Bedford 1.55% 95,239
44 Easthampton Town 1.55% 15,960
45 Haverhill 1.33% 63,533
46 Greenfield Town 1.27% 17,375
47 Peabody 1.12% 52,906
48 Amesbury Town 1.08% 17,434
49 North Adams 1.03% 12,959
50 Winthrop Town 0.95% 18,542
51 Barnstable Town 0.92% 44,406
52 Holyoke 0.59% 40,241
53 Southbridge Town 0.37% 16,887

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