The 10 Michigan Cities With The Largest Asian Population For 2022


We used data and science to determine the cities in Michigan 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 Michigan is 314,736 - 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 2022:

  1. Troy
  2. Hamtramck
  3. Novi
  4. Ann Arbor
  5. Auburn Hills
  6. Farmington
  7. Farmington Hills
  8. Rochester Hills
  9. Springfield
  10. East Lansing

Which city in Michigan had the largest Asian population? Troy took the number one over all spot for the largest Asian in Michigan for 2022. 25.99% 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 2022

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 84,051
% Asian: 25.99%
# Of Asian Residents: 21,844
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.93%
More on Troy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Troy, MI

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 21,704
% Asian: 24.32%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,279
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.31%
More on Hamtramck: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hamtramck, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 60,439
% Asian: 23.89%
# Of Asian Residents: 14,440
Percent Change Since 2010: 76.08%
More on Novi: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Novi, MI

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 121,093
% Asian: 17.31%
# Of Asian Residents: 20,956
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.48%
More on Ann Arbor: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ann Arbor, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,984
% Asian: 16.95%
# Of Asian Residents: 4,065
Percent Change Since 2010: 123.6%
More on Auburn Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Auburn Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,520
% Asian: 16.36%
# Of Asian Residents: 1,721
Percent Change Since 2010: 5.32%
More on Farmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington, MI

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 80,937
% Asian: 14.33%
# Of Asian Residents: 11,602
Percent Change Since 2010: 32.13%
More on Farmington Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Farmington Hills, MI

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 74,340
% Asian: 12.71%
# Of Asian Residents: 9,445
Percent Change Since 2010: 29.6%
More on Rochester Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rochester Hills, MI

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,188
% Asian: 12.55%
# Of Asian Residents: 651
Percent Change Since 2010: 30.2%
More on Springfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Springfield, MI

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 48,437
% Asian: 10.83%
# Of Asian Residents: 5,244
Percent Change Since 2010: 7.44%
More on East Lansing: Real Estate | Data | Photos

East Lansing, MI

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Michigan 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 Michigan.

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 5,000 people. That left us with 144 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Asian. The percentages ranked from 26.0% 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 Milan 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:

  1. Milan
  2. River Rouge
  3. Benton Harbor

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Table: Asian Population By City In Michigan

Rank City % Asian Population
1 Troy 25.99% 84,051
2 Hamtramck 24.32% 21,704
3 Novi 23.89% 60,439
4 Ann Arbor 17.31% 121,093
5 Auburn Hills 16.95% 23,984
6 Farmington 16.36% 10,520
7 Farmington Hills 14.33% 80,937
8 Rochester Hills 12.71% 74,340
9 Springfield 12.55% 5,188
10 East Lansing 10.83% 48,437
11 Houghton 9.96% 7,805
12 Warren 9.73% 134,188
13 Kentwood 9.31% 51,780
14 Sterling Heights 7.61% 132,296
15 Madison Heights 6.93% 30,000
16 Rochester 6.17% 13,203
17 Wixom 6.15% 13,970
18 Walled Lake 5.05% 7,153
19 Northville 5.01% 5,968
20 St. Joseph 5.01% 8,328
21 Lansing 4.7% 117,488
22 Center Line 4.64% 8,212
23 Westland 4.07% 81,713
24 Birmingham 4.03% 21,272
25 Walker 3.89% 24,930
26 Battle Creek 3.73% 51,084
27 Livonia 3.68% 93,970
28 Midland 3.67% 41,922
29 Saline 3.67% 9,296
30 Royal Oak 3.46% 59,256
31 Pontiac 3.12% 59,714
32 Woodhaven 3.06% 12,501
33 Beverly Hills 3.04% 10,378
34 Portage 3.04% 49,224
35 Mason 3.01% 8,441
36 Ferndale 2.81% 20,139
37 Mount Pleasant 2.77% 25,290
38 Wyoming 2.69% 75,999
39 Ypsilanti 2.67% 20,792
40 Grand Rapids 2.57% 199,417
41 Southgate 2.56% 29,129
42 Oak Park 2.46% 29,446
43 Dearborn 2.39% 94,328
44 South Lyon 2.28% 11,818
45 Grosse Pointe Park 2.26% 11,108
46 Huntington Woods 2.24% 6,303
47 Grosse Pointe Farms 2.07% 9,142
48 Clawson 2.02% 11,909
49 Holland 1.98% 33,329
50 Harper Woods 1.92% 13,829
51 Hazel Park 1.92% 16,452
52 Southfield 1.88% 72,966
53 Detroit 1.86% 672,351
54 Kalamazoo 1.85% 76,106
55 Dearborn Heights 1.76% 55,630
56 Brighton 1.65% 7,649
57 Grand Blanc 1.62% 7,881
58 Big Rapids 1.62% 10,358
59 Grosse Pointe Woods 1.62% 15,409
60 Garden City 1.49% 26,565
61 Taylor 1.48% 61,164
62 St. Clair 1.44% 5,354
63 Berkley 1.43% 15,352
64 Roseville 1.41% 47,160
65 Fraser 1.41% 14,503
66 Inkster 1.37% 24,398
67 Lincoln Park 1.31% 36,525
68 Swartz Creek 1.3% 5,535
69 Howell 1.3% 9,610
70 Grandville 1.25% 15,906
71 Allen Park 1.23% 27,089
72 Burton 1.22% 28,598
73 Traverse City 1.22% 15,525
74 Three Rivers 1.2% 7,644
75 Port Huron 1.17% 28,918
76 Melvindale 1.1% 10,300
77 Plymouth 1.09% 9,168
78 Alma 1.04% 8,918
79 East Grand Rapids 1.0% 11,855
80 Romulus 0.98% 23,544
81 Coldwater 0.95% 12,203
82 Escanaba 0.89% 12,180
83 St. Clair Shores 0.89% 59,184
84 Grosse Pointe 0.87% 5,176
85 Trenton 0.83% 18,214
86 Norton Shores 0.83% 24,557
87 Eastpointe 0.79% 32,221
88 Iron Mountain 0.79% 7,352
89 Dowagiac 0.72% 5,695
90 Hillsdale 0.69% 8,073
91 Jackson 0.65% 32,251
92 Marysville 0.64% 9,695
93 Muskegon 0.63% 37,317
94 Albion 0.55% 8,380
95 St. Louis 0.53% 7,156
96 Ishpeming 0.53% 6,433
97 Bay City 0.5% 32,892
98 Marquette 0.49% 20,631
99 Wyandotte 0.49% 24,944
100 Flint 0.49% 95,999
101 Grand Ledge 0.46% 7,860
102 Monroe 0.46% 19,543
103 Wayne 0.45% 16,894
104 Milford 0.45% 6,502
105 Sault Ste. Marie 0.43% 13,526
106 Hudsonville 0.41% 7,353
107 Hastings 0.4% 7,314
108 St. Johns 0.39% 7,920
109 Belding 0.38% 5,729
110 Lapeer 0.38% 8,626
111 Ionia 0.37% 11,178
112 Grand Haven 0.35% 10,991
113 Tecumseh 0.31% 8,361
114 Niles 0.29% 11,168
115 New Baltimore 0.28% 12,333
116 Charlotte 0.25% 9,069
117 Zeeland 0.25% 5,540
118 Saginaw 0.25% 48,407
119 Rockford 0.21% 6,310
120 Ludington 0.19% 8,081
121 Marshall 0.17% 6,947
122 Alpena 0.14% 9,987
123 Muskegon Heights 0.14% 10,735
124 Riverview 0.12% 12,085
125 Mount Clemens 0.12% 16,212
126 Sturgis 0.12% 10,853
127 Manistee 0.1% 6,116
128 Adrian 0.09% 20,550
129 Flushing 0.08% 7,891
130 Highland Park 0.07% 10,818
131 Petoskey 0.07% 5,701
132 Flat Rock 0.06% 9,974
133 Owosso 0.03% 14,476
134 Eaton Rapids 0.02% 5,229
135 Richmond 0.0% 5,851
136 Holly 0.0% 6,151
137 Greenville 0.0% 8,407
138 Menominee 0.0% 8,079
139 Fenton 0.0% 11,368
140 Ecorse 0.0% 9,456
141 Cadillac 0.0% 10,462
142 Benton Harbor 0.0% 9,806
143 River Rouge 0.0% 7,465
144 Milan 0.0% 6,057

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

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