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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 Michigan is 319,960 - at 3.2% of the total population of Michigan.
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 Michigan? Which cities and towns in Michigan have seen the greatest increase in their Asian population?
Here are the cities in Michigan with the largest Asian population in 2023:
Which city in Michigan had the largest Asian population? Troy took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Michigan for 2023. 25.72% of Troy identify as Asian.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.
To see where Michigan 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 Michigan or the most diverse places in Michigan.
The 10 Most Asian Cities In Michigan For 2023
% Asian: 25.72%
# Of Asian Residents: 22,355
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.4%
More on Troy: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 24.07%
# Of Asian Residents: 6,630
Percent Change Since 2010: 66.17%
More on Hamtramck: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 23.41%
# Of Asian Residents: 15,305
Percent Change Since 2010: 86.62%
More on Novi: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 18.23%
# Of Asian Residents: 2,093
Percent Change Since 2010: 28.09%
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 16.61%
# Of Asian Residents: 20,382
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.02%
More on Ann Arbor: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 16.15%
# Of Asian Residents: 3,908
Percent Change Since 2010: 114.96%
More on Auburn Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 14.44%
# Of Asian Residents: 12,090
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.68%
More on Farmington Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 12.81%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,738
Percent Change Since 2010: 33.62%
More on Rochester Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 10.47%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,551
Percent Change Since 2010: 120.8%
More on Warren: Real Estate | Data | Photos
% Asian: 9.32%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,420
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.44%
More on East Lansing: Real Estate | Data | Photos
Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Michigan With The Largest Asian Population For 2023
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 Michigan.
That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2017-2021 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*
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 148 cities.
We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 25.7% 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. Troy took the distinction of being the most Asian, while Holly was the least Asian city. You can download the data here.
Read on for more information on how the cities in Michigan 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 Michigan
If you're looking for a breakdown of Asian populations across Michigan according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.
If you're curious enough, here are the least Asian places in Michigan:
- Benton Harbor
For more Michigan reading, check out:
Table: Asian Population By City In Michigan
|41||Grosse Pointe Farms||2.39%|
|50||Grosse Pointe Park||1.87%|
|64||East Grand Rapids||1.4%|
|67||Grosse Pointe Woods||1.28%|
|76||Sault Ste. Marie||1.05%|
|81||St. Clair Shores||0.91%|